BradleySmith wrote:I just watched the Phil D. video being discussed here. Haven't seen it in maybe ten years, longer. The most striking thing for me watching it now is to recall how it is when the entire house is against you. Host, guests, audience, callers --- everyone. No wonder people don't want to get into this business (which is not a business).
It seems obvious that if you were in it for the money, you would have chosen a more lucrative field, and one that doesn't come with as much harassment as you have undoubtedly endured.
I see too that I let stuff get by me. The most glaring was the lady on stage and her visuals about the crematoria etc. By that time, however, I was rather in the back seat, and PD was giving the floor to all the others.
All of those women were telling stories. Any Joe off the street wouldn't likely spot the embellishments, but someone familiar with the history of the topic who has read the books would have been able to spot it easily. That woman on the phone claimed that Mengele was making selections and doing experiments at Dachau.. What planet was she on?
Re why David did not return to the show: he was so frustrated by PD's use of the Dachau "gas chamber" door and the "suggestion" that people were seeing victims of that "gas chamber," and his not being allowed to make clear the historical and factual matter at stake there, that he thought what the hell, what's the point?
You can't blame him. He knew it was a stacked deck from the start. Donahue kept interrupting, and he allowed the audience to do so as well. Donahue was more interested in insinuating Cole was a Nazi than anything else. The strategy of people like Donahue is to get people on the show under the guise of "free speech" just to essentially ambush them with ad hominem, insinuations, cut them off from speaking, demonize them, etc.
And then I discovered later, I forget who told me, maybe Shermer told me, that he had met backstage with the survivor ladies and chatted them up. He particularly asked them to not say anything "crazy" (something to that effect). Come to think about it I suspect that it was the foolish, fantastical, and probably lying statements of some of the survivor ladies, and his association with them, that might have been at the heart of his embarrassment.
He undoubtedly is learned enough on the topic to spot story-telling when he sees it, and he saw the revisionists object. One of the women essentially called Shermer a liar about the lampshades.
Shermer was introduced to them, we were not, and that fact was kept private by PD.
Obviously, this is a way of rigging the show to make the "right ideology" come out on top and trump the other side.
With this subject, on network television, you will never have a cooperative host, always have too many people involved so that no one argument can ever reach its end. And then "human interest" always trumps ideas on mainline media, particularly if the subject is a bit taboo.
Mainstream media is ideologically rigged in many respects, and the Big H is one of them. The media play no small role in shaming and condemning those with politically-incorrect thoughts and thereby manipulating public opinion. Direct and indirect propaganda/brainwashing is a frequent thing from these people.