NPR Station Gushes Over ‘Psychic Detectives’ and ‘Forensic Astrologer’

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Your Radio Has Let You Down

You turn on your radio, and are surprised to hear a talkshow host gushing “Oh wow!” over “psychic detectives” and “forensic astrologers.”  Did you accidentally tune in to the home of the fringe, “Coast to Coast?”  You check the dial.  Nope, it’s right there on your usual NPR station… in this case, WNPR News, Connecticut Public Radio.

Has your faith been misplaced?  No, seriously, what is Faith Middleton doing, this award-winning long-time contributor to NPR news programs All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition?   You’re listening to the latest  episode of the 50-minute Faith Middleton Show, Retired Law Enforcement Working With Psychics to Find Missing Persons, Solve Murders.  You think, Oh, I get it, she’s looking into their claims, good.  You expect what any good journalist would bring: challenging questions, rational skepticism, and at least some basic factchecking.

You’d be wrong.   The show was a tribute by a fan.  Continue reading