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Local ABC News ‘Journalism’

WGNO, the local ABC affiliate in New Orleans, apparently doesn’t even try to uphold the appearance of doing actual journalism. The station, whose motto is “God bless Louisian,” has an “article” — infomercial, really — about a local “psychic” named Cari Roy without even a hint of skepticism or actual reporting.

“I have the sixth sense, ESP, extra-sensory perception. Often people come to me as a medium because they’d like to connect in-depth with loved ones who’ve passed on,” says Roy.

There’s no better time to play host to a spirit party than now. First things first, you’ll need the right table.

“We had séances, my mother was a medium and so I grew up setting tables for the spirits.”…

“When it’s for living people you open the door and let them in, when it’s for spirits you sit down, you make a lovely space, you get in a nice meditative state and you welcome them that way.”

Roy says spirits communicate through senses like smell, taste or touch and that everyone can develop a relationship with their deceased loved ones.

And then there’s a link to the “psychic’s” website. That’s it. That’s nearly the entire article. Their idea of “news” is pushing frauds on their viewers.

Comments

  1. says

    “Roy says spirits communicate through senses like smell, taste or touch…”
    But not sight or hearing/sound. Certainly nothing that can be recorded. How convenient for the mediums (media?).

  2. busterggi says

    “We had séances, my mother was a medium and so I grew up setting tables for the spirits.”

    Do spirits also have their forks to the left of their plates? And since they don’t eat why do they need plates?

    “Roy says spirits communicate through senses like smell, taste or touch and that everyone can develop a relationship with their deceased loved ones.”

    Really, everyone? Then who needs psychics or mediums?

  3. Anthony K says

    Roy says spirits communicate through senses like smell

    Like cats?

    “Hi, Grandpa? It’s…so good to see you. It’s been so long, and I miss you and Gran. Is she there with you? She is? This is the happiest day of my life since you died…uh, Grandpa, why are you sniffing Gran’s butt? That’s…gross. Now what are you do—Grandpa, get out of the garbage! No! NO! [Squirts Ghost Grandpa with a water bottle] Get away from there! Now what are—oh, for the love of God, get away from that spider plant. So help me, if you piss in that plant I’ll…that’s it! You and Gran are outside ghosts from now on!”

  4. magistramarla says

    That’s like the local “news” station here in south Texas that reports credulously on every “The face of Jesus was spotted in this man’s tortilla” or every chupacabra sighting that gets called in.

  5. Doug Little says

    Can’t imagine a spirit would taste very good. I wonder how you fit this into the Standard Model?

  6. Childermass says

    If they were _really_ God fearing they would be calling for the medium be executed as God demands.

  7. says

    N’awlins got ‘em some voodoo and Santeria practitioners, why not mediums? I mean, the governor is a fucking EXORCIST!!

    And lest we think that BobbyPi’s chops aren’t genuine, he managed to stop the forces of evil in their tracks when the Mittunswillard minions tried to possess his soul and make him the Rominator’s running mate.

  8. caseloweraz says

    @Busterggi:

    You beat me to it. But there are a thousand questions along those lines that anyone planning to host a spirit party needs to have answered.

    Personally I wonder whether spirits prefer red wine with fish.

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