Is Sally Morgan a fraud? I don’t know. Neither do you.
There seems to be an almost smug undercurrent on Twitter and Facebook at the moment, with people continually pointing out that none of us can prove that Sally Morgan is a fraud and until we can we shouldn’t suggest so.
Although it is true that calling her a fraud or charlatan is wrong (as we can’t prove that) it doesn’t really actually DO anything to keep telling people they can’t call her that. Over and over. Yes, it is wrong to call her a fraud unless evidence emerges that shows otherwise, after all, all we currently know is that she was accused by audience members of cheating and being fed information by a crew member and passing it off a psychic message.
Does she do that? I don’t know. Nobody apart from those involved in the Psychic Sally Morgan crew do.
That isn’t the most important thing we, as a skeptical community- no, as consumers and part of society, could be worrying about.
What we should be focusing on is the fact that this is just one more psychic scandal in a long list of psychic scandals. We should be doing something pro-active to highlight this issue. Yes, it is important to not make accusations that are baseless, but seriously, an echo chamber effect is forming on social media where skeptics are being skeptics of other skeptics. All the while, Sally Morgan is still on tour, is taking legal action regarding the accusations, and hundreds of people are still attending her shows while turning a blind eye to the accusations.
THIS is where skeptics who give a damn should be focusing. Doesn’t this blind faith in Morgans abilities despite the public doubt show that there is something wrong that needs to be addressed? Someone like Sally can make claims for which she provides no evidence – accusations are made in public by audience members that she is cheating – and rather that knocking peoples confidence in her abilities, they carry on going to her shows and instead of talking to people while this is still news we’re bickering online?