John Campbell and the Moon Man Ken Ring
Lot of anger over the way John Campbell put local moon man in his place two nights ago. Brian Edwards was the first to critique John, and he didn't like what he saw...
"John, your mindless, bullying, tirade against 'moon man' Ken Ring on tonight's Campbell Live was perhaps the worst piece of egotistical, self-important, out of control, closed-minded, biased, unprofessional non-interviewing I have seen in more than 40 years of New Zealand television."
Harsh words from the great Edwards. There seems to me two issues here, the first is are there any ways to predict earthquakes from this moon bloke and the second is how the media should deal with that.
Well the first is pretty easy to look at, can the gravitational pull of the Moon trigger faults to cause earthquakes - well yes there could be some impact on that, COULD BE, but that doesn't mean Ken Ring can predict earthquakes, and if one takes Ken's predictions and lines them up against the distance of the moon his predictions don't stack up in any way shape or form, as the NZ Sciblog points out...
Ken Ring can't predict earthquakes based on his theory of the Moon, he can't because there is none, it's as simple as that, his predictions don't match the reality of recorded earthquakes and the reality of recorded earthquakes isn't reflected anywhere in the distance of the moon from the earth.
In short Ken Ring is wrong and scare mongering the people of Christchurch isn't what is needed now.
So how did Campbell handle the interview? Well, I hardly thought it was the baying beast of the bully as Brian Edwards has projected, I thought John was not only right but his role is to denounce crazy shit like this. His isn't a straight news show, he's not reading the news, I watch Campbell because I trust his call on a situation.
We all know the mainstream corporate media are an untruthful lying whore who warp for ratings success, in such an environment one looks to those characters one trusts and associates with, I trust Campbell and I watch him to put the boot in to clowns like Ken Ring.
If John had been hosting the actual News hour and had interviewed like that, the criticism would be fair, but he doesn't, he hosts a show called Campbell Live, and that's what I'm tuning in for.
In any event, John was very gracious in giving an apology last night to his viewers if they thought he went too far.
Regardless of his apparent breaching of interview protocol, he was right to challenge Ring in the aggressive way he did and let's be clear on the last bit, Ken Ring CAN'T predict earthquakes.