reviewed: Up and Vanished
Season 2 - unprofessional journalism. Terrible podcast
So, for the positive: interesting true crime stories. I’ve listened to season 1 and 2. Entertaining. And, I do give credit to any of these podcasters as they bring attention to unsolved cases and generate interest in a cold case (which would otherwise not be there). So of course that’s a good thing. In the case of season 1…the renewed interest in the case may have helped in the resolve (although, I don’t think we can necessarily claim that—the podcast mentioned nothing about the people ultimately arrested). But sure, the attention to the case didn’t hurt. Could be coincidental…who knows. I think the host is assuming a lot of credit for the development of the case solving—more than is due. But anyhow, here’s what I don’t like about this podcast: to me there is a very obvious difference in the coverage between this podcast and others (like Serial and Tom Brown’s Body) that are covered by professional journalists. Some of those differences are production related (like the low sound quality of recordings and the cheesy ominous background soundscapes—the latter of which I honestly due enjoy—but more so in the fact that, the host Payne Lindsey does nothing to validate the credibility of his sources (in this podcast they are are horribly unreliable). Season 2 is complete nonsense, Payne Lindsey interviews people that haven’t even met the victim, and devotes all of the run time to people discussing town rumors—things they’ve “heard”. There was even a cringing moment when one of the sources gave his opinion based on the astrological sign of the person of interest in the case. Oh yea, and the “counselor” he interviews is a psychic. Great. Basically, the whole podcast is about the town rumors and intuitions. He does not talk to any law enforcement…just talks to a bunch of LSD junkies. Every piece of information is “I heard” from someone. It’s terrible. And Payne goes on to start referring to the disappearance as a murder, and warns the “murderer” to know that their day is coming. This is very amateur, laughable journalism. (At this point, we have not confirmed it’s a murder by the way). A professional journalist would be very clear on what is fact vs. hearsay, and would be VERY careful in quoting things that have disputed credibility. This host is a busybody stirring up town gossip in order to make an entertaining story.
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