I am obviously not intended to bash Radford, but in the interest of truth, it’s important to set the facts straight and point out two places where Radford, either through carelessness or wishful thinking, has twisted the truth to fit his predictions.
Radford’s first prediction for which he claimed an accurate hit was that a “senior official in the Obama administration will come under fire for sexist or racist comments but will remain in office.” Radford claimed a hit because “Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid came under fire for racist statements he made.” This is not “RIGHT” as Radford claims since, as a member of Congress, Harry Reid is not a member of the Obama administration, which refers only to the executive branch. Subtly conflating the executive branch with the government as a whole is the kind of twist of truth fake psychics use to claim fake hits.
Radford claims in predication number 10 that “a group or cluster of suicides […] in the American Midwest will leave about a dozen people dead…” He claims a partial hit because “three Pennsylvania teenagers” had a group suicide, noting that the predicted number of victims but not the attempt itself was incorrect. Here Radford is again misstating his accuracy. Pennsylvania is not in the Midwest. Pennsylvania is considered a northeastern state, or a mid-Atlantic state, but not a Midwestern state.
I don’t believe for a minute that Benjamin Radford purposely twisted these predictions. They seem to be the result of simple mistakes or carelessness. Nevertheless, Radford unconsciously reproduced the same faulty logic and twisted truths that professional “psychics” routinely use to make their wild guesses seem far more accurate than objective evaluation would indicate.