14th December 2011 22:32
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Re: Duncan O’Finioan vs Richard C. Hoagland and wife
I have say sorry, if I inferred anything about "you", personally with regard to RCH and others as icons---the threads get hard to parse. Yes, RCH, Wilcock and some others seem to have great media access, esp. on C2C---I think you can infer that I do not respect C2C, but then, it WAS groundbreaking back in the Art Bell days. How much great work is done by anyone should be assessed on the merits of results, accuracy, and integrity. As an interviewer I understand that at any time I can wind up with a guest who is blowing smoke, but frankly, I am so small that the climbers won't bother with me.
What I see in the "alternative media" is the same thing I see in mainstream: a coterie of favorite guests who only need to show up and be smarmy enough to keep folks entertained. I see the inherent desire to scale up the media ladder, have large audiences, and ascend to the same status as those "Hollywood" types...it's human nature. On the other hand, I suffered through the Michael Vara interview with Gary...it was painful to listen. No mainstream show would tolerate it, but it was authentic. Ditto for Kerry's brilliant late night phone call with a very scattered Anthony Sanchez...wonderfully raw.
Now. Was the James Horak interview edited? Yes. I have the luxury of editing, I also have the luxury of allowing people to do very long format interviews. Not all of the interview is relevant, and I do try to maintain some time restraints in the final audio due to file size and streaming bandwidth. In this case, we had another producer working on a video that would go on YouTube, so certain considerations were given to relative brevity without sacrificing the essential character of the interview.
But---that interview was produced from ONE conversation, and nothing was added to or taken from the discussion...and all was in sequence and context. As I recall, we were also suffering very bad Skype signal on that one. James Horak approved the final show, and the video was produced independently by Shuny. I have had many conversations with James, including another interview we did on the Ringmakers of Saturn/EMVs. In all cases, even in private chats, James is articulate, well thought out, and very fluent in his subject matter. In NO case, at any time, have I stitched together conversations to form an interview, or to reformulate what is presented.
I have no objections to you asking, these are fair questions. I suppose I am "public" in as I put myself out there. I certainly hope my listeners would use discernment and call BS if they hear it---and they do. Thanks for asking, my friend.
Thanks for responding.
First off, I wouldn't say RCH is an icon of mine, but I think it can objectively be said that he is a high profile personality in the Alternative Media.
That's what I mean by 'icon' and I think it is generally understood this way. Are you thinking of 'idol'?
Even then, I think both RCH and DW have done enough great work for some people to become fans or followers of their work.
It seems you are implying the same thing you accuse Kerry of doing, that those who follow these people or hold them up as their icons have been seriously fooled...('serious issues')
I don't want to derail the topic, but could you explain a little bit about the nature and extent of the edits done on that august interview with James Horak?
From what I hear, they appear to be quite extensive, to the point where one might think the entire interview was stitched together from another audio source.
For one thing there are no 'uhs' and 'uhms' in there. I've heard interviews of his where he is far less fluent. Maybe he was just on a roll?
In either case it was a very well crafted interview.
I don't mean to scrutinize you, but you are a public figure
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14th December 2011 22:43
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