What A Ride !!!
Now that the truth of the Michigan Recordings is out, the "victim" card is being played like a Ferris Wheel out of control. Each seat has a different face, and a different set of complaints. As it spins wildly, new complaints and gripes are yelled, as if begging for absolution.
Funny thing about this round, the yelling is being done by the very people who set the standard they are now complaining about, and brought them to this wild ride.
I read this today on the Bigfoot Discussions forum, written by Pat Barker.
Follow along, wont you.
Pat Barker writes;
Although, I have to admit I'm still pretty self-righteously indignant about the fact that when you've tried to do everything right, tried to share in as forthright a manner as possible, given the fact that you've all signed non-disclosure agreements, none of that matters when you bring a little bit of it to the world wide web. Because the rules are different here. Even though you're trying to protect your witness and can't divulge all, because you can't divulge all, suddenly you're considered to be being hoaxed or are accused of having knowledge of a hoax, or it's suggested that your integrity is in question, or you may even be lying. WTF?
Why was there no disclosure about a Haunted House?
Why did no one say anything about a suit(s)?
Why did no one say anything about Sierra Sound CD's?
Why did it take someone close to your group to bring out allegations of Audio Looping?
Where is this non-disclosure agreement? You would demand to see it from anyone else.
If you can't divulge all, then why divulge anything? It would appear the stage was set to really whip everyone into a frenzy. Congrats mission accomplished. Now, finish what you started.
So it all comes back down to the same conclusion. Do NOT talk about your ongoing research work AT ALL on any website or public forum, because you will deeply regret it. It doesn't matter if you're protecting your witness/landowner. It doesn't matter if your group continues to adhere to their good judgment when assessing an active location. Because no one will believe that you have a brain in your head .... because they weren't there themselves to witness it. They, and I mean every Tom, Dick and Harriett with an opinion and a keyboard under their fingertips, will feel compelled to give their two cents worth whether they know jackshit or not about it. They will also feel compelled to spread rumours, gossip, false information, innuendo and outright lies about you and your group in order to satisfy some lingering hatred they have for you ... or just for the hellovit .... justifying it with claims of "getting at the truth".
Now, this is the part I really like the most.
Pat goes on to say;
And when your patience gets the better of you, after trying for 40 some odd pages to answer every inane, ridiculous question, until it finally gets completely off the wall ... and a few of you can't hold back but have to address the jerks in the only way they'll understand ... then you get accused by some of being no better than others who have gone before you.
You are no better. Why should you and the MRP be treated any differently than Tom Biscardi or William Lett? No one with the MRP believed Biscardi's "information" either, and tried like hell to out him and his financial backer. No one with the MRP (or anyone in the community) cried for William Lett and his family, who only supplied money. Yet, no one beat their chest in agony as his home address was posted on the internet, along with his phone number and business names. Where were you then with your self righteous indignation Pat? Where were the rest of your MRP cohorts? Oh, I remember.. Right in there, looking for any other information on Mr. Lett.
Pat goes on some more;
Hogwash, I say. Stand in our shoes for 3 months and see how it feels to be attacked from all quarters when you don't deserve it. We've done nothing wrong. On the other hand, there have been many many people who HAVE behaved in a deplorable manner .... as Jay said, many of whom had to go plan another Texas conference, and were "overjoyed" to see another thread opened about the recordings, so they could jump on for another feeding frenzy. Ah yes, all very professional. Because there's such a spirit of sharing in this "community".
Yes, you have done wrong. You have done many things wrong, starting with the non-disclosure of information pertinent to an investigation you asked members of this community to assess. I don't care if you were asking for an opinion on the color of the witnesses grass. You asked for the help and opinions of this community, yet did not feel it necessary to disclose things like haunted houses, gorilla suit(s) and many, many other things.
The disclosure of this information would have made you all appear much more professional than you do right now. That is the fault of the MRP as a whole, not those who searched out the information that brought us all to this point.
Pat continues to go on;
We've done nothing wrong .... except offer some new recordings to the bigfooting community that are interesting. We never made any grandiose claims about them. You can be assured that we did and always will keep a skeptical eye open at all times while on the property. But the way we've been treated, it's like suddenly no one knows us anymore. Somehow everyone seems to have forgotten that we're actually smart, capable, skeptical and always suspicious of what's going on around us. It's why we work so well as a team.
Finally Pat finishes with;
Ah who cares anyway. We do, and that's all that matters.
Don't like the ride? Want off? Then start telling the truth. Not your version of events, but the whole truth. Exactly what you expected of others for countless years now -- and rightly so. No one is immune from the truth, not even you and your friends in the MRP.
I am not saying you, and your MRP friends, have been wrong for demanding the truth and all valid information. I am saying you and your friends are wrong, for not responding to valid questions and complaints. The MRP has taken full advantage of the shielding from the BFF, and now that the truth is coming out, you are crying "victim". Too bad. Answer the questions or shut up, but your pitty party is pathetic and truly unjustified.
You can, of course, choose to continue feeling sorry for yourselves, and I will be happy to watch as you all spin on this out of control ride. I did not cause this issue, nor did anyone else. You and your friends within the MPR did.
You only have yourselves to blame.
Originally Posted by JimF at BFF
It doesn't work for the people simply looking for a good bedtime story...It does however, work pretty well for people that investigate reports, research, and have been around for long enough to recognize the signs of a "just a story"type report for what it is.
Kinda generalized, but a few of the "classic" signs are :
1. Remain anonymous, and state a semi-valid reason for it.
2. Force question asking instead of providing the details yourself in the initial report.
3. Name drop people ' known' in the BF world.
4. No location details for various reasons.
5. Wait for the "defenders of the faith" to come to your defense.
6. Claim skepticism as a start ala .. " I never believed until...."
7. Claim, military,clergy,police or other respected profession to add credibility.
8. Have a few not easily noticeable contradictions in the report.
9. Bring up similar reports that are somewhat linked to show a "history"
10. Make it interesting enough, as questions are asked and details get added to keep people reading.
11. Wait for a skeptical person to call you on it based on their opinion or experience in the past regarding the details.
12. Make sure the report fits in a time frame old enough that any investigator going to the site ( see # 4 for one of the problems with that) to absolutely ensure no way of verification due to time/expense/age of alleged encounter and topographical and access to area changes.
13. Add several details that have come up as recent topics or are 'known" factors in many reports true or not.
14. Conveniently forget that a forum , is NOT an investigative body of any sort. Easier to post it on one than to actually report it.
15. Play the ridicule and laughter card, i.e " everyone knowns bigfooters are crazy"
Those are your "red flags" for a start, since the question was asked and not answered. Along with a bit generalized perspective on the BF filed because I just felt like it. Funny , but if your that involved in an endeavor then you should be unafraid of the consequences by the general public or anyone or what they think of you.