I had not paid much attention to this little saga given that I’m pretty much a skeptic of all things supernatural, (as I had perceived this issue to be), and found the whole scenario pretty uninteresting. However today in a moment of idle curiosity I watched the video of John Campbell’s interview with Ring. An overpowering display of unprofessional conduct.
I was impressed by Ken Ring’s honest demeanor. He was different to what I had expected. I also watched Campbell’s apology to Ring the following night. Campbell looked like he didn’t want to do it. The apology didn’t seem sincere. Campbell, without explaining why specifically, said that Ring had refused to come back on the show. The viewer was left with the impression that Ring did not want to return because he was still angry with the unprofessional way Campbell had behaved. In fact this wasn’t so, and later I read a press release by Ring where he explained why he had refused to re-appear.
Campbell’s major point of contention with Ring was that he was the only person who believed the moon had any kind of bearing on earthquakes and that the “legitimate” scientific community rejected this idea.
Ring had known Campbell would be taking this approach, so before the show had emailed Campbell a series of links to studies that showed various scientific bodies were researching moon/ tide links to earthquakes. The links are in Ring’s press release here. Here’s the bit from Rings press release that deals with it-
These are what is called “peer review” articles They show the international science community is very actively linking moon positions to earthquakes. To deny this, as Campbell did after being sent these links before the first interview, is to completely fabricate truth. When the request by the TV3 producer was made to me to reappear on the programme for the next night’s apology, I asked her for an admission to be made by Campbell that he had lied and that he knew scientific studies at a high level linking moon+earthquakes had indeed been done and that were ongoing. They refused.
Campbell should have fully explained this when saying why Ken Ring would not come back on his show. That’s three strikes for Mr. Campbell. 1) The unprofessional interview, 2) The incorrect assertions made about scientific studies linking the moon and earthquakes, and 3) The failure to be specific about why Ken Ring had refused to return.
What a shambolic, disastrous and deceitful display of incompetence in broadcasting. Campbell should be fired. If TV3 wasn’t a fifth rate excuse for a broadcaster anyway, he probably would be.