Subliminal messages inserted into Muzak may not work, but they've cranked them up at a couple of local stores in my area. I walk in the door and my head starts to buzz and my skin starts to crawl. Then again, maybe that's just my reaction to American consumer culture. -- Baron Earl
While you drive along in your hillbilly truck listening to
the various radio talkshows, you probably are unaware that
there is a fierce battle going on behind the scenes,
and on the net. These nighttime talkshow hosts and their
guests can be meaner and more ornery than pole cats!
This is the latest...
None of these trial replacement hosts have the intelligence or
showmanship that Art has. They aren't even in the same league. First
they had the insanely boring Hilly Rose who doesn't
even bother to pretend he believes any of the good hoohaw that Art's show is
all about, i.e.: aliens, remote viewing, ghosts, pyramid machines, and whatnot.
Then they had that kiss-ass Witley Strieber on who acts
like everyone on Earth has been abducted and horked by aliens. He's the guy who
wrote Communion, which was a semi-scary
autobiographical account of getting buggered by aliens (also made into an awesome movie starring
Christopher Walken, by the way). The problem with Witley, besides the fact that
he's namby-pamby and whiny, is that he gets such complete nutjobs for guests
that they make Art's guest lineup look normal and respectable...
Nobody knows why the network might be gearing up to replace Art. Does it have
anything to do with the mysterious events last year that caused Art to walk off
the air for several weeks, and claim that he was going to quit the talkshow
business? Nobody seems to know what that's all about either. Matt Drudge
wrote a report about how Art's son was involved with drugs, so maybe that's it,
but that report has never been confirmed (we do know that Art's kid cracked up
Art's Geo Metro, though, so maybe he is a little wild).
Or could it have to do with "The Feud"?
Art has been doing battle with David John
Oates, the Australian "Reverse
Speech" freak who was booted off of Coast to Coast for making
inflammatory comments about another one of Art's guests, Major Ed Dames, a "remote
viewer" with a Prince Valiant bowl cut. A remote viewer is a type of
super special spy who uses ESP. Oates claimed that the reversals of Major
Dames showed signs -- specifically, metaphors -- of deception, and involvement
in some sort of government disinformation campaign. Art claims that he
repeatedly warned Oates not to talk about any metaphors that impugned Major
Dames' credibility, but Oates refused to shut up, so he was banned from Art's
program forever, and all signs that Oates had ever been a guest were removed
from Art's web site.
That's when Oates went on a rampage, teaming up with another arch foe of
Art's, the mysteriousRobert A.M. Stevens, who
was also a former Coast to Coast guest permanently booted from the show
because his interview was so sideways that Art abruptly terminated it after
only 12 minutes of air time. Meanwhile, Oates took over the Saturday night slot
of the Art Bell knockoff show, Sightings
On The Radio, normally hosted by Jeff Rense. Besides boring
the universe to death with speech reversals, and hawking his reverse tape
recorders, Oates has been providing Stevens a platform to smear the hell out of
Art. Stevens has
been making wild claims (RealAudio Index: 01:55:00) that Art is everything
from a former convict to the head of pornography ring using Filipino women, and
a pathological liar.
But the big question is: who the hell is
Robert A.M. Stevens? A spook? A fraud? Mentally ill? Or just a debunker?
He came out of nowhere six months ago, and his claims about his background,
such as that he is a former Navy SEAL and a NASA contractor, either cannot be
verified, or have been thoroughly debunked.
All we really know about him is that he's been involved in a feverish,
junkyard-dog style shit slinging campaign against Art and some of his main
guests, especially Richard "Face on Mars"
Stevens has darkly alluded that he's working for a group of "anonymous
attorneys" who have something to do with the families of those involved in the
Heaven's Gate mass
suicide, as well as NASA, who want to sue Art and
Premiere Radio Networks/Jacor for as much as 250 million dollars. He also
claimed to be working with a group of "anonymous private investigators" who are
investigating the backgrounds of Art and all of his main guests. He put up
documents about Art's alleged dirty deeds on his bizarre web site. And Art
has put up documents of his own
What's going on here? Is Premiere Radio Networks/Jacor running scared? Are they
going to dump Art to avoid becoming enmeshed in a massive law suit? Who could
be behind such a law suit? Is this part of an elaborate scheme to silence Art
Bell and his guests? Or is it just more bad craziness?