When I wrote about the faked evidence Ghost Hunters doesn’t want you to see, my intention was to accomplish something akin to this quote by Margaret Meade: “I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.”
After learning how the producers of Ghost Hunters knew about Moss Beach Distillery’s special FX (see “Haunted or Hyped?”), and now seeing the clips of faked evidence, my trust and faith in Ghost Hunters is at an all-time low. As Autumnforest noted in her comment on my “A Few More Thoughts on Ghost TV Shows” post, “It made me want to start debunking the debunkers and that’s not a good position at all.”
I sympathize with her woe, because that’s where I find myself.
Jay and Grant were instantly credible and likeable the first few seasons. Heck, they still are. But now I find myself being more and more skeptical of them. And I keep running across more and more who are as well. (With good reason, as they point out suspicious evidence.)
Which means what for the show? If fans see a theme developing and no longer trust them or their evidence, what will happen to their viewership? And, my greater concern, how is this going to impact paranormal research overall? (As I suggested in another post, I fear negatively.) Not to mention how will it impact the non-profits for which the Ghost Hunters effect has benefited?
If proof keeps mounting that they’ve cooked their evidence, who’s going to trust them and want to tune in? Isn’t most of their appeal because they did come across as legit on top of being entertaining?
Or maybe they don’t care. Doubt them. Write about it. It’s great free publicity after all.
Besides, their season’s over right now. And yet people are still talking about them.
All I can do is as Jason suggested during the Eastern State Penitentiary episode (the first investigation): put it out there and let the world decide.
And as Pierre Abelard once said, “The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.”
Eventually it’ll all come out in the wash –no matter how messy that may be.