Saturday, April 7, 2012

Vermont Paper Critical of Finding Bigfoot and Matt Moneymaker

Intro credit to Penn and Teller's show Bullsh*t.

Finding Bigfoot is coming to Vermont on April 14th. The Times Argus, a daily morning newspaper serving the capital region of Vermont has been less-than-favorable towards Finding Bigfoot and Matt Moneymaker in particular. The paper cites two topics that could be considered sore spots for BFRO and Matt Moneymaker. The full Times Argus article is at the end of this post, but first we want to highlight the two topics.

TOPIC ONE: Sonoma video hoax by Penn and Teller.
"On November 14th, 2005, a video purportedly recording a bigfoot sighting in Sonoma County, California, surfaced on the Internet. On Dec. 11, 2005, the BFRO publicly declared that it was an authentic video and that it could not have been a man in a suit. Following the broadcast of [Penn and Teller's] program, all references to the Sonoma video were removed from the BFRO website and no mention was ever made of it again." Src: Sasquatchopedia

Below is an excerpt from the Penn and Teller Episode (warning: explicit language)

TOPIC TWO: Finding Bigfoot cast complains about show's misleading editing.
"Cast members from the TV show have commented in various online forums that they are bugged by the heavy-handed editing done by producers of the series, and are not happy that they seem to be putting false words in their mouths. To say nothing of using tricks to make their actual findings more seemingly groundbreaking." Src:

Read the complete Times Argus article below:

Show looks for Bigfoot in Vermont
By Gordon DritschiloStaff Writer - Published: April 7, 2012
RUTLAND — Is Bigfoot lurking somewhere in the wilderness of Vermont?
The producers of Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot,” which has yet to locate the elusive sasquatch after 18 episodes, are hoping he might be. According to a release sent out Friday by the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, the representatives of the program want to hear from Vermonters who believe they might have seen Bigfoot and will organize a town hall meeting on the subject April 14.
While a call to producer Natalie Hewson was not immediately returned Friday afternoon, the chamber did forward an email address for people to report sightings and get information on the meeting:
While Vermont is best known in cryptozoological circles for its supposed lake monsters, Bigfoot sightings are not unheard of in the Green Mountains.
Reports have popped up in Chittenden, West Rutland and across the border in Whitehall, N.Y. The late Warren Cook, who taught anthropology at Castleton State College, was a Bigfoot enthusiast who collected purported evidence including footprint casts and hair.
The program follows the investigative efforts of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, headed by Matt Moneymaker.
Before “Finding Bigfoot,” Moneymaker fell prey to a prank by magicians Penn and Teller, who hosted a Showtime program (whose name is not printable in a family newspaper) dedicated to debunking various phenomena.
The duo created and distributed a fake Bigfoot video, which Moneymaker said he was confident was genuine, saying he had seen a number of hoaxes, according to the Bigfoot lore repository Moneymaker stood by that claim when Penn and Teller announced the hoax in the lead-up to the show, according to the website, but then took down his statements after the program aired.
Last year, Moneymaker was quoted on multiple websites complaining that the editing of the show was misleading. He described sounds being added after the fact by the production team and shots cutting away from mundane animals that should have been identified as not being Bigfoot.


  1. It seems to me that Penn & Teller are just Ricky "Freezer Boy" Dyer in three piece suits. Their program likely netted them far more than the small $5,000 or $6,000 that someone faking this would.

    It is possible people make offers to fakes just to get them to open up enough to find out if they are a fake.

    At this point, those saying they are doing DNA testing seem to be more interested in speaking engagements than in giving us facts any skeptic can test.

  2. My belief is down to around 30%. There are just too many hoaxers out there and no concrete solid evidence. My last interest will be what Ketchum puts out.

  3. Ketchum spends too much time at speaking engagements and not enough time on the lab results to be credible.

    1. What do you mean by "lab results"? Running around in the woods yelling and banging logs together? He's not a chemist. Uninformed criticisms like this don't make the case any stronger. My own belief is down to maybe 10-15% because of all you shrieking fanboys, frankly.

    2. I let my irritation get the better of me: what I am trying to say is that academics speak to each other as a normal part of peer review and publication. Bigfooters can't both complain that real scientists aren't paying attention, and make unfounded attacks on how they do their work. The burden is on Bigfooters to learn how to do their work according to centuries-old practice, not the other way around.

  4. The Rutland Region, Vermont is excited to host the making of another exciting episode of Finding Bigfoot.
    Tom Donahue, CEO
    Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce

  5. Personally, as an avid believer, I feel that The tv show lacks credibility from a scientific standpoint.They seem too eager to call everything a Sasquatch and much of the reasoning they use is completely out in left field.
    I watch the show just because I get a kick out of watching the three stooges (plus one) and their antics in the woods.


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