I hadn't realised that the worst programme in a very poor telly schedule was so popular that it would win "Best Format/Reality Series" at the latest bullshit telly awards. The award demeans everybody up for an award that night -- the charlatans who put the fraudulent show together deserve not an award, but to be run out of town on a rail, not to mention what Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Levy of the New Zealand Police Force deserves for promoting psychics as "just another tool" in the investigative policing toolbox.
This pillock is clearly not the sharpest tool in the investigative toolbox himself, but he's only an idiot -- as this analysis of his foolishness makes clear -- albeit an idiot with powers of arrest. But the makers of the show are worse: they're cynically exploiting the families of murdered victims just to make a buck. Says Vicki Hyde from NZ's Skeptics Association, it's disturbing to think "that the very people we expect to protect us from fraud or false accusations are touting this industry. It doesn't give you any confidence in the police force if they think this is a reasonable approach to take in solving serious crimes."
"Sensing Murder is simply a marketing vehicle for the psychics and a money-spinner for a television company keen to exploit vulnerable families in the name of shoddy entertainment," she says. And she's right.
To the producer of this show, David Baldock, those who scheduled it, and to those who chose to give it an award, I bestow my deepest contempt. Not to mention all of you who tune in every week.
NB: Check out a clip from Eating Media Lunch's exposé of the gormless fraud Deb Wells at YouTube, and for real entertainment-with-a-point-to-it, the Bullshit! team of Penn & Teller exposing the methods by which frauds tell us they can "speak to the dead." YouTube has all three parts of that show.