We're not worried: Great story on Allison DuBois, but you are going to get a shit-storm from Allison and her fans. They don't like being told they are full of it. Not one little bit!

You guys at New Times thought you caught hell from the 9/11 conspiracy wackos ("Half-assed Troofer death threat . . .," Stephen Lemons, Feathered Bastard blog, June 5). Well, you ain't seen nothing like what Allison and her loyalists can bring.

They demand that Allison be taken seriously — or else!
Tom Luther, Los Angeles

Thanks for showing us the light: Megan, I admire your efforts at wanting to be a journalist, but you clearly have no idea how to go about it. I know your so-called paper is an alternative one and you probably feel like you are uncovering some big news. You have a lot to learn.

Have you ever had a reading with Allison? Why don't you actually try that first before writing an article about whether she is the real deal? My reading with her was dead-on — the few things I wasn't sure about were confirmed when talking with family.

Oh, and don't forget: Her TV show is exactly that, a TV show. Even reality shows are not real, so you can't expect her show to be 100 percent real.
Name withheld

Oh, really? Not really!: Most respectable journalists do not reveal the real names of children under age of 18. There is a reason they changed the names for the show. Shame on you for being so disrespectful!

Yours is a small paper, Megan, and I guarantee that, the way you are writing, this is where you will remain. Take a look at CNN, True TV, Fox News. None of them ever reveals the name of minors unless they are charged with an adult crime.

They also won't reveal minors' names involved in a tragedy until the family has been notified and gotten permission.
Name withheld

Megan's actually quite happy: This article is definitely slanted. Megan, what did Allison ever do to you? Are you that unhappy with your own life?
Name withheld

Fans' delusions challenged: Bravo on this article. It is a great companion piece to the article that New Times published on the so-called "Phoenix lights" mystery ("The Hack and the Quack," Tony Ortega, March 5, 1998; see also "Chopper pilot says UFOs probably balloons with flares," Valley Fever blog, April 22), another great the-emperor-has-no-clothes story.

People who are upset at the "character attacks" on DuBois are really upset because their delusion is being challenged. I would really like to know why she did not accept the James Randi challenge.

If she can really do what she says she can, then what is she afraid of?
Name withheld

Calling the story one-sided is unfair: What a refreshing article. It was good to see a journalist undertaking some investigative journalism rather than just credulously reporting whatever a talking head may claim.

The article was balanced in that, on one hand, Allison DuBois' claims are outlined, and then an attempt is made to verify them. The article comes off as being negative, because Megan Irwin's inquiries did not corroborate DuBois' statements made in the media.

To call the article one-sided is not a fair criticism. The critics appear to commit the logical fallacy ad hominem, in that instead of addressing the points Megan raises, they make personal attacks against the author.

Perhaps an appropriate response would be to point to an example where DuBois' claims have been objectively validated. Keep up the excellent work.
Name withheld

Editor's note: After "Allison DuBois Unmasked" was published, DuBois e-mailed Megan Irwin to tell her that she planned to use public records to dig up information on Irwin (and Irwin's family) for use in her next book. The following comments resulted from Irwin's Valley Fever blog post on the threat ("Medium Allison DuBois predicts the future — finally!" June 13):

Again. Not scared: If you'd ever actually read any of Allison's books, you would know that she will write about you. Why would she care about your [article on yourself: "Pimp My Bod," September 27, 2007], when she can write a much better story about you? You should have thought about that before you decided to write such crap.
Kristi Berra, via the Internet

Read by ninnies. Right on: Sheesh, aren't we sensitive, and vindictive!? Um, Kristi (I mean, Allison), I doubt the writer of this story gives a crap what you say in your little book, read by ninnies (you'd have to be one to think you are in any way credible).
Name withheld

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Christine Duvall
Christine Duvall

Medium is based on a true story, but it isn't based on Allison Dubois. Medium is based on another woman. Most of the crimes depicted in Medium episodes are based on real crimes this other woman was either consulted on by an employee of the U.S. Attorney's Office or spontaneously had psychic dreams about. I know this because I am the woman Medium is based on. If you were to look up crimes that happened in Arizona, Texas, New York, and the Washington, D.C. area between 1982 and 1984, then you would find most of the crimes that are depicted in Medium. At the time, Allison and Joe Dubois were children.

Drake Northpine
Drake Northpine

When did you become such a nutbar?

"Trusting your intuition" has more to do with confidence than some paranormal bullshit. Being confident makes anyone a better manager.

GEORGE HENRY
GEORGE HENRY

A LITTLE WISDOM FROM �THE BOOK OF TRUTH�

IN RESPONSE TO THE ALISON DU BOIS ARTICAL...

I WONDER IF �ANYONE WHO THINKS RATIONALLY� HAS EVER TRIED TO, �USE THEIR INTUITION� APARENTLY, �THEY DONT HAVE ONE,� HOW SORRY... THEIR HAS BEEN SCIENTIFIC REASERCH THAT HAS FOUND THAT THE MORE SUCESSFUL MANAGERS, ETC. ARE SO, BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF �ALSO USEING THEIR INTUITION,� ESPECIALLY SINCE THERE ARE MANY SITUATIONS WHERE THEIR IS HIDDEN IMFORMATION, OR FACTS THAT MAY CHANGE AND THE ONLY WAY SOMEONE EVEN HAS A CHANCE AT MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE, OR KNOWING ANY OF THIS IS... BUT WAIT, THAT�S RIGHT, �YOU DONT HAVE ONE� HOW SORRY... MAYBY IT�S JUST BROKE...WHAT DO YOU THINK GOD USES WHILE TRACKING YOUR MISRABLE BEHAVOR... ONLY IT�S CALLED CONSCIOUSNESS WHICH IS THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR DEVELOPMENT... OH BUT YOU DONT HAVE ONE, YEA WE KNOW THAT... THAT�S WHY IT�S CALLED �ASLEEP� AND WERE NOT TALKING ABOUT 10PM TO 6AM... THERE HAS ALLWAYS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT GROUP WHO HAS BEEN �AWAKE,� AWARE OF THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS AND SPECIAL ABILITIES THAT COME WITH IT. (THIS DOES INCLUDE CHRISTAINS; JESUS HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET YOU SO SEE THIS BUT YOUR REALLY STUBBORN) CORINTHIANS 2:13 EXPLAINS THAT UNTIL YOU SEE THINGS FROM A �TRUE SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE� (BEING AWAKE) YOU DONT UNDERSTAND THE REAL MEANING... THIS IS TO �PROTECT YOU FROM YOURSELF� AND POTENTIAL MISSUSE, FOR SOME OF THE SAME REASONS THAT YOU WERE TOLD THE STORY ABOUT �THE BIRDS AND BEES�... BEING NOT MATCHURE OR RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH YET, RIGHT NOW ALL YOU KNOW IS STORIES, BUT AS YOU WAKE UP, YOU WILL GET TO KNOW THE TRUTH... BY EXPERIENCING IT FOR YOUSELF...

Drake Northpine
Drake Northpine

Observation: The vast majority of those who are defending that croc DuBois are women. I'm assuming they don't have careers and watch a lot of Oprah.

 
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