archive: SETI HOAX--now you want sour grapes

SETI HOAX--now you want sour grapes

Fractenna@aol.com
Sat, 31 Oct 1998 11:54:01 EST

Paul--

I find it extraordinary that I am being accused of irresponsibility for
debunking this hoax.

This hoax was publicly presented ,and quickly and publicly debunked (by me)
in the same forum it was presented. The SETINOW press release of 10-29 was
presented to the media to stop the inevitable nonsense that surely was to
arise from the BBC news story. WHY DID YOU NOT RESPOND EARLIER IN A PUBLIC
FASHION? Why blame me because of the lack of a timely SL response?

IF you had the data on 10-23--or whenever-- then you should have publicly
debunked it as soon as 'anon' started posting. SL being slow on the response
is not the IRRESPONSIBILITY of someone else.

I find it doubly insulting to have your members accuse me of being
irresponsible--not only because it is so wrong and off-base-- but because YOU
are responsible for an ETI hoax on AOL a few years ago--was it on this date?

Chip