Yet More Nonsense on TV

James Randi --- Wizard ((no email))
Wed, 29 Jun 1994 13:17:50 -0400

Tonight the NBC TV network broadcast a 2-hour crock of nonsense titled
"Cured!" It was the expected load of misinformation, wild claims
about totally unproven, "ancient wisdom" and "alternate therapies."

Elizabeth Dukakis, the actress, was the host guru, proclaiming that
everyone has a right to choose alternate, cheaper modes of medical
treatment. OK, I accept that. BUT THEY ALSO HAVE THE RIGHT NOT TO BE
LIED TO. At intervals, the skeptical point of view was allowed a few
seconds to introduce a sour note, saying that it just might not be so,
then the dog-and-pony show started up again and assured us that such a
minority opinion can't prevail.

The sponsors? Beside the regulars, there were manufacturers of
homeopathic "remedies."

Where the hell is TV taking us? Even the major networks are taking
over the lying game just to hold viewers and sponsors!

I URGE THOSE OF YOU WHO SAW THIS AND WERE EQUALLY ALARMED, TO WRITE TO
NBC AND MAKE YOUR CONCERN KNOWN. PLEASE. SIT DOWN AND WRITE. IT'S
THE ONLY THING THEY WILL REACT TO. IT'S IMPORTANT.

NBC
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

James Randi.