Who Is This Eric Person Anyway?

You may not know it but the Burzynski movies are not Eric Merola’s first foray into conspiracist whacknuttery.

Have you heard of Zeitgeist: The Movie? It was directed by Peter Joseph, using his two given names but not his surname which, according to Wikipedia, is “not publically known”, but is well enough known in skeptic circles: Peter Joseph Merola. Also credited on that move is one Eric Clinton, in the art department. Eric Clinton is also using his given names and not his surname. Step forward Peter Joseph’s brother, advertising art director Eric Clinton Merola.

Eric Merola
Eric Merola

Peter Joseph (Merola)
Peter Joseph (Merola)

Zeitgeist promotes the idea that the US Government was complicit in the September 11 attacks. That is, pretty much, all you need to know about it. The intersection between Truthers and rational humanity is the null set. Some of the comments about Zeitgeist might ring bells:

The film is an interesting object lesson on how conspiracy theories get to be so popular…. It’s a driven, if uneven, piece of propaganda, a marvel of tight editing and fuzzy thinking. Its on-camera sources are mostly conspiracy theorists, co-mingled with selective eyewitness accounts, drawn from archival footage and often taken out of context. It derides the media as a pawn of the International Bankers, but produces media reports for credibility when convenient. The film ignores expert opinion, except the handful of experts who agree with it. And yet, it’s compelling. It shamelessly ploughs forward, connecting dots with an earnest certainty that makes you want to give it an A for effort. (“Conspiracy theorists yelling in the echo chamber“, Globe and Mail)


[T]hese are surreal perversions of genuine issues and debates, and they tarnish all criticism of faith, the Bush administration and globalization—there are more than enough factual injustices in this world to be going around without having to invent fictional ones. (“Zeitgeist: The Nonsense”, Irish Times)

Or, more pithily

“Conspiracy crap”. (Village Voice)

Hmmm. Surreal perversions of real issues, inventing fictional injustices, a driven piece of propaganda, tight editing and fuzzy thinking, conspiracy crap – these could all have been lifted from reviews of the Burzynski “movies”. Like this one: “Quack Quack Goes Burzynski“.

But why are the Merola brothers so coy about this? Perhaps they have day jobs that might be impacted by being identified with the lunatic fringe. Or perhaps they actually believe the conspiracist bullshit they spout and are worried that the CIA (which is clever enough to fool all the engineers at NIST) is not clever enough to puncture their cunning pseudonyms.

Well, the game’s up long since and I don’t see the black helicopters anywhere.

So, Eric Merola is a serial offender in the Bullshit: With Colons department. Why am I not surprised?