It is fascinating to see the evolution of the 24/7 news channels when they seize on one event out of many to devote almost their entire coverage. If the issue is not resolved quickly, the nature of the coverage descends into more and more bizarre speculations, almost completely unhinged from reality. Often these stories are about missing young women but the current one about the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 follows that familiar pattern and the news channel HLN ended up having a psychic to tell viewers what she had ‘seen’. You can see the segment here.
In order to justify asking her, the defensive anchors repeatedly said that psychics had been consulted by investigators before in many unsolved cases. This is true, but they did not say how many times these psychics said anything useful, which is the really relevant issue. The question was also asked to why the services of a ‘credible psychic’ had not been brought in in this case. That’s easy, because there is no such thing as a credible psychic.
Anyway, this ‘psychic medium’ Lisa Williams said that according to what she ‘sees’, the plane was hijacked and crashed in an area with a lot of trees and some people are still alive. This was all part of some larger conspiracy and things are being kept ‘hush-hush’ but by whom she did not say. She had been ‘told’ (presumably by the same mysterious mechanism by which she ‘sees’ things) that the whole story will come out within three weeks.
She was remarkably frank about how she operates, saying “I don’t actually have hard concrete evidence and any psychic who has hard concrete evidence cannot do their job correctly because they get misinformed, they get interpreted, and they’ll just work on what they know.” She has a superior system. “So I tend to work off what I don’t know.”
Yes, solving mysteries and predicting the future is so much easier when not only are you unencumbered by the thought process (as the Car Talk guys would say) but also when you are untethered from any evidence.
A pilot on the panel Lee Abend tied himself in knots trying to avoid saying that she was talking rubbish. Psychics tend to benefit from the ‘respect for religion’ kid gloves treatment since they peddle the same kind of woo.
Lisa Williams is described on the show as a ‘psychic medium’. Maybe next time they should try to get a ‘psychic grande’ or even a ‘psychic venti’.