J. Randall Murphy
Thank you for your kind words on what I'm attempting to bring to the show, as well as the opportunity to dissolve some of the negative perceptions that others have promoted about Gene. I would be happy to elaborate in some further detail in private, and will see if I can create a conversation for that.I tried messaging you privately but it didn't work so I apologize for doing it here:
I listen to the Paracast every week and you seem to be a great replacement host. I almost ditched the paracast after Chris left but I really like what you bring so I am staying. I created this profile specifically to reach out to you and get your feelings on something. I have been receiving emails from Gene for years and even have given him some money. I read over the stuff out there on him and it seems like Gene has done some pretty shady stuff and it's all public record. I asked him about it a year or so ago and he deflected and just called me a troll. I'm not a troll, I'm a long time listener that is curious what's going on and I wanted to check with you. I have never posted or really wanted to be involved with the forums but I enjoy reading them. Lately there seems to be zero real activity and Gene comes across like a jerk anytime he feels threatened.
Do you trust him? If so just tell me I am being paranoid and I will drop it. Honestly from my point of view he has some explaining to do and I think he has irreparably hurt the Paracast. I think you should buy it and bring it back to the glory days.
But in the meantime, to reassure visitors and listeners, it is my personal experience as a long time member of the Paracast and as someone who has seen all the complaints levelled against Gene, and as someone who has actually done some business with him, that virtually all the evidence used against Gene is either unfairly exaggerated or twisted in a negative manner that serves as nothing more than a smear campaign.
I personally would not have accepted the cohost position with the show had I believed the criticism of Gene carried any real substance. At best it is highly subjective opinion that can be looked at from other points of view. I think Gene has become so worn down by all the negativity that his own barbed responses are all he's left with and has patience for. Please try to forgive him for that. My hope is that we can weather our way through it and eventually leave all that negativity behind.