WCSH6 supports woo

WCSH6 is the local news channel I most often watch. I enjoy the setup, the newscasters, and the background isn’t from the 90’s like every other channel. I even “like” the station’s Facebook page. I get some decent status updates there, including the number one reason anyone watches TV news – weather forecasts. But not all the status updates are so great. I unfortunately recently got one absolutely awful update around 7:30am this morning:

Two ways to heal for half off! Find your healthy balance for life. https://www.dealchicken.com/portland-me/4201
Women Receive 50% Off a Polarity Session or 53% Off an Ayurvedic Massage at Tracy Liberty!
Chicks rule, and Tracy Liberty Polarity Therapy and Ayurvedic Massage knows it: The wellness provider focuses solely on women’s health. Tracy Liberty is offering a 90-minute polarity session for only $42.50 (a $85 value) or a 90-minute ayurvedic massage for only $45 (a $95 value). The polarity sessi…

This is some sort of sponsorship deal the station does with various companies. I presume they make a few bucks in exchange for throwing up a status update or two. That’s all well and fine, except that in this case, they are making money by supporting woo. Ayurveda is utter malarkey and WCSH6 ought distance itself if it wants to maintain the good reputation it currently has. In fact, I wrote as much in response to the status update soon after it was made. My post has now disappeared, though I have reiterated my point. (I will also be linking to this post on their wall.)

In looking at the sponsor’s deal, it appears to include an inexpensive message along with some yoga and woo medicine. I’m sure the message is fine (in fact, it sounds like a pretty good deal), and yoga is nice and dandy, but there really is no need for the woo medicine. Given the lack of scientific standards in alternative medicine, safety is a major concern. Ayurvedic practitioners have a history of doling out toxic materials. (They even think that simple heating and melting will solve toxicity issues.) There is no telling what the leader of this woo, Tracy Liberty, is offering. It may be completely inert, but there are not sufficient standards present to allow a consumer to make a fair and informed decision. (If there were such standards in alt-med, one thing would lead to another and we probably could get rid of the malarkey all together.)

I find it disappointing that WCSH6 has decided to support woo. Whatever profit they made from this deal is not worth it. It puts the health and safety of consumers at risk for no good reason. I hope the station will refrain from making such deals in the future.

18 Responses

  1. nice to know. thanks.
    i also am not a fan of deal chicken crap all over their facebook page. i understand nbc doesn’t have many funds, but to sell out local news. thats just sad.

  2. Look, you love science, we get it…but stop slamming a legitimate business person who is trying to make a living helping a lot of people..I could tag you as “pure bullsh_t” but that’s just a cheap shot..

  3. Well Michael was quite clear at the end. If consumers are well informed, there is no problem, even if they are selling cyanide as a cure for herpes. (would solve the problem, though.) That’s as far as I’m concerned at least.

    For trade to be truly free and fair, people have to be able to understand the purchase they are making.

  4. well he certainly was clear on the hate…consumers may not know what Polarity is when first introduced but all you have to do is read, inform yourself, and meet with a practitioner..then make your own decision…tagging/filing a massage therapist under “pure bullsh_t” is pretty weak…

  5. I didn’t ‘tag’ her under “pure bullshit” because she is a message therapist. Clearly she practices a form of woo (ayurveda). It is that woo, along with all other woo discussed on FTSOS, which has placed this post under the given category.

    As for Liberty’s or WCSH6’s intent, I don’t really care if they mean well. Woo is woo and it should be known as such.

  6. woo is woo?

    To put in layman’s terms woo is a derogatory and dismissive term used to refer to beliefs one considers nonsense or to a person who holds such beliefs…such as MH the scientist…

    I’ll come up with some new categories for you…

  7. Oh snap. Not that I agree with your nonsense, but I like that you insulted Michael. It’s hard work having to do everything myself all the time.

  8. you two enjoy yourselves with your wooing

  9. Absolutely anytime someone tries to use quantum mechanics to argue for something that has nothing to do with quantum mechanics, I know I’m about to read some bullshit.

  10. Forget butterfly wings, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_wing

    Now there is a cure all.

  11. I know this blog is your science bullshit…

    I’ll send you some new categories to tag people under..most yourself

  12. You have inspired me. I’ve realized that if I just take some snake oil, all of my problems would go away.

  13. or kiss a girl…you have kissed one, right?

  14. Michael’s mother, a few minutes ago. She more or less counts as female.

  15. Game point, Nate.

  16. (excited crowd noises)

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