Saturday, April 10, 2010

You Have Been Warned

Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new type program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was. ~Art Buchwald

They did it again. History International, a channel that should be a source of factual information once again showed an edition of "Mega Movers" that featured bit about a plane flying over the Mojave Desert, as the plane fly past the Pyramids of Giza.

Once was bad enough, but to reshow the idiocy, along with the other error of fact (the plane never had damage to its cockpit over the Mojave -- or Giza, for that matter) is inexcusable.

I wrote about this before, so I'm not going to rehash the whole thing here, and I recently wrote about the hack job The Science Channel did reporting on scientific fraud. So, I'm not going to go over that ground again. There's no need; it's obvious that the so-called Discovery, Science, and History channels don't really care if the information they report is accurate or not.

Therefore, all viewers should be on notice that so-called facts on these channels may actually represent minority opinions of fringe experts. The programs presented on these channels may misrepresent, misinterpret, or completely misstate facts, evidently because no one wants to be bothered to check them out. Thus, it is incumbent on the viewer to realize that it is the viewer's responsibility to verify fascinating nuggets from these channels before they pass them on to friends, relatives, and co-workers as actual truths.

Viewers need to do this for two reasons. First, everyone has a responsibility to be able to vouch for so-called "reported facts" before passing them on. This is just being a good citizen. Second, passing on such "facts" will lead to terminal embarrassment when the teller is faced with someone who actually knows the subject (or has seen the show and taken note of Pyramids in the Mojave).

You have been warned!