*The REALL News*

"It's a very dangerous thing to believe in nonsense." -- James Randi

Volume 2 Issue 12 December 1994

A Look into the Sun -- and Other Tabloids
Part 2 -- The Elements of Proof

by Bob Ladendorf

In Part 1 of this three-part series, I pointed out that two of the five major supermarket tabloids featured many more paranormal/pseudoscientific articles than did the others. While the National Enquirer, Star and Globe concentrated on celebrity gossip, the Weekly World News (WWN) and the Sun featured the range of the supernatural.

How credible then are the latter two? Are they convincing in proving or raising questions about the paranormal? How seriously do they need to be treated? In a nutshell, I conclude from this study that the answers to these questions are basically negative -- the tabloids are not credible or convincing, and they are more like Mad magazine than a journal of scientific inquiry. This will probably come as no surprise to anybody reading this.MoreMore


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