Skeptics Pelt Art Bell With Rocks and Garbage
By El Snatcher
Radio talk show host Art Bell has received the Skeptic's
nastiest slight, the "Snuffed Candle"
award. Bell, they say, has encouraged
credulity, presented pseudoscience as genuine, and
contributed to the public's lack of understanding of the
methods of scientific inquiry. Twisting the knife, they
go on to insinuate that he may be partially responsible
for the Heaven's Gate suicides last year. But are the
Skeptics really being fair?
While it's true that the phony baloney Hale-Bopp companion story
broke on Bell's show, it only seems fair to point out that Bell was
the first person to bring to light the fact that the companion story
was a hoax. In fact, according to him, he spent close to 30 broadcast
hours covering the hoax aspects of the story.
Is is really fair to blame the suicides of a bunch of wako nutcases
on Bell? Is there any evidence that the Heaven's Gate cult members
got the idea that a spaceship was following Hale-Bopp to Earth to take
their souls to "the next level" by listening to Bell's show? Or
is it more likely that these people were already one short of a
sixpack, and hell-bent on their own self-destruction just like the
members of other suicide cults, such as the Order of the Solar Temple?
These suicide cults have been around for a long time.
They do this kind of thing all the time.
The skeptics claim that Bell's show is "biased programming
with the purposeful exclusion of any voice that might lend
criticism to his distorted worldview." Yet, that can't
possibly be a completely true statement considering that many
noted skeptics, including CSICOP members Philip J. Klass, and
Dr. Joe Nickell,
have been interviewed at length on Bell's show.
It seems that the skeptics are only sticklers for facts when
it is self serving.