Exposing The Anti-Sai Activist: Barry Pittard
Pamela Stephenson & ‘Shrink Rap’ Misrepresented By Barry Pittard
“I recently saw Pamela Stephenson interviewed by Andrew Denton in Enough Rope on ABC television (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). She is the former celebrated actress and comedian, and star of such television shows Not The Nine O’Clock News. She is now a clinical psychologist in Hollywood and a professor of psychology at the California Graduate Institute.
Vile Public Critics
In her recently-made television series Shrink Rap, her famous interview subjects were willing to bare their more vulnerable feelings and lesions, and in a serious way beyond what usually passes for celebrity (so-called) ‘revelations’. Her subjects thus far have been Sharon Osbourne, Stephen Fry, David Blunkett, Sarah Ferguson, and Robin Williams.
In a note for the show, Stephenson says:
‘Shrink Rap is an attempt to allow people not to be under pressure of performing, not to feel that they have to present the ideal self, the one that is always adorable and perfect and funny and together. This allows people to bring forward the true self, to not always tell the official story’.
Holding Barbarians at Bay
But, prior to its release, she found herself editing things out far more than she had earlier thought she would need to. It was not the celebrities themselves who called for this degree of censorship but Stephenson’s own deepening awareness of state-of-the-art maliciousness among media commentators and other unconscienable attackers.
Stephenson had her own experience of having earlier been one of Great Britain’s best-known television celebrities (and is, moreover, the wife of one of the world’s most famous comedians Billy Connelly). Therefore, the need occurred her to go to still greater editorial lengths to protect her famous interview subjects. She was acutely aware of the extreme readiness of unscrupulous critics to make insensitive and distorted use of what her subjects revealed about themselves. In an interview for The Independent, she observed:
‘I can control what we have in the programme, and take out things that might be misunderstood, but there’s no guarantee of how it’s going to be received. I will feel terrible on people’s behalf if anyone is publicly punished for saying how they feel.’
Neo-Neanderthal Journalism Needs Extinctifying
There needs of course to be a new regimen of sensitivity and responsibity in the media. This is not to say, necessarily, censorship of either journalists or of content presented by those they write about. (Although it is a sad comment that the very advocates of an open society have, all too often, to self-censorship against philistine triumph). Rather, it is about creating an altogether different climate in which genuine feelings of interview or other subjects can be discussed more openly and commented on sensitively and intelligently, sans attack and cynical exploitation. Rupert Murdoch thinks he can influence an eco friendly ‘greening’ of his newspapers. So then, let him and other prime movers and shakers support those developmental programmes which create greater awareness in journalists (and especially the emerging trainee ones) that might approach that sensitivity and deep ethics being role-modeled by Pamela Stephenson.”
The anonymous “ExBaba Admin” said Barry Pittard further commented on his article by saying:
“A similar nastiness of attack is made - including by those such as Dr G. Venkataraman, on his official website, and other Sai Baba defenders, on former devotees. What is the wish of so many former devotees in many countries? What is it that many (although the top leaders do not tell this to the rank-and-file devotees) have asked of the Sathya Sai Organization to do? It has been to request proper third party investigation of abuse allegations made against Sai Baba and certain of those around him. Instead of clarity, these shameless leaders offer smoke-screens. They remain silent about the integrity of those who have brought issues before them personally. The more we speak with others who have exposed immorality and spiritual betrayal in their gurus, the more do we find remarkable patterns - those of smoke-screening, cover up, denial, and speaking ill of those who have raised serious issues that need to be addressed by any responsible organization.”
Barry Pittard’s misrepresentation of Pamela Stephenson and her TV show ‘Shrink Rap’ to further his smear campaigns against Sathya Sai Baba is nothing new. Barry Pittard did the same with his article on Tim Sullivan and his article about a Judge warned about a pervert. Barry Pittard publicly and shamelessly lied about Ullrich Zimmermann twice (Refs: 01 - 02).
Barry Pittard and Anti-Sai Activists are notorious for publicly smearing and ridiculing Sai Devotees and Sai Proponents who do not believe their hearsay and unsubstantiated allegations against Sathya Sai Baba. Barry Pittard waged vicious smear campaigns and attacks against Rabbi Zeller and Dr. Sunny Anand although these two Sai Devotees never spoke one word against Barry Pittard or his group of Anti-Sai thugs.
Not only does Barry Pittard openly endorse, promote and associate himself with the vicious liar, pervert and defamer Sanjay Dadlani (Ref), he also wrote an article about Hal Honig (a high-profile Sai Devotee) and made the following accusations:
- Alleged Honig was a homosexual.
- Publicly accused Honig of running a pedophile ring from his apartment (despite Honig’s open-door policy to any Sai Devotee needing a place to stay when he is not in the USA).
- Publicly alleged that Honig was running a people-trafficking ring, shipping poor Negros from New York’s ghettos to India for sexual purposes.
- Published vicious hearsay rumors from an anonymous informant against Honig.
- Publicly boasted that he notified the New York Mayor’s Office, which allegedly issued a case number (that is not indicative of guilt) against Honig.
- Publicly boasted that he notified Interpol against Honig.
- Publicly boasted that he informed the FBI at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia about Honig.
- Publicly boasted that he sent his pedophile ring allegations to the U.S. State Department, Washington and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, Australia against Honig.
Of course, Honig has never been charged with (or formally informed of) any crime subsequent to Pittard’s complaints over eight months ago. Barry Pittard’s alleged sensitivities to muckraking, nastiness and stalking (on and off the internet) are huge pseudo-moralistic and hypocritical pretenses. Barry Pittard engages in the very same reprehensible behavior he loves to point out in others.
Numerous are the instances of former followers defaming, ridiculing and libeling Sathya Sai Baba, Pro-Sai Activists and Sai Devotees. Barry Pittard and Robert Priddy have published pictures of Sai Devotees in their defamatory articles and when the same is done to them, they hiss, whine and snivel about “copyright infringement”.
Barry Pittard blatantly misrepresented the former U.S. State Department warning on a free press-release website and had the audacity to claim in bold-caps that “U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT NAMES SATHYA SAI BABA Re PEDOPHILE ACCUSATIONS” (Ref). To Date: Sathya Sai Baba has never (ever) been charged of any crime, sexual or otherwise. Not even one alleged victim has filed a basic police complaint or court case against the Guru in India despite being offered free “world-class legal resources” by Barry Pittard himself.
Barry Pittard wages an unremitting smear-campaign against Sathya Sai Baba that accuses him of “serial pedophilia” and the sexual abuse of “boys” and “children”. These comments are fallacious, unsubstantiated and wholly untrue. “Pedophilia” is the sexual abuse or exploitation of a boy, girl or child 12/13 years of age or younger (Ref). There are no testimonies from boys, children or parents of children that support the erroneous claim that Sathya Sai Baba is a pedophile (paedophile) who engaged in sexual interactions with children. As a matter of fact, the youngest, non-anonymous testimony came from a 16 years old teenager (Jed Geyerhahn) who claimed he was not sexually abused. All the other alleged victims were 18 years of age or older. This once again goes to show how those inimical towards Sathya Sai Baba resort to cheap propaganda and blatant disinformation because the truth simply does not argue in their favor.
Just recently, Robert Priddy psychotically lied about a Sai Devotee (Darpan) and erroneously accused him of making a bogus composite image of the Moon with Sai Baba’s face on it. Despite the picture being an obvious composite, Robert Priddy stalked Darpan, sought out his picture and publicly posted it on his blog along with Darpan’s email address. Needless to say, Robert Priddy never cared to research the matter in depth and completely missed the hard-to-miss post where Darpan admitted the image was not real and that the only reason he created the image was to give others an idea as to what he alleged he saw on the Moon. Read About It For Yourself. Barry Pittard cited Robert Priddy’s post about Darpan and praised it! These are the shameless muckrakers who hypocritically whine about meanness, nastiness and stalking (all the while ignoring the meanness, nastiness and stalking of Sanjay Dadlani, Tony O’Clery, Reinier Van Der Sandt and themselves).
In 2007 Dr. Connolly presented a series of programmes for British television channel More 4 called Shrink Rap, in which she interviewed various celebrities using psychotherapeutic techniques. Those questioned were reality show star Sharon Osbourne, writer and performer Stephen Fry, Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, former British cabinet minister David Blunkett and actor-comedian Robin Williams.
While quasi-therapeutic in approach, the interviewees were briefed that the conversations were interviews and not strictly therapy. Connolly focused on relating various childhood experiences and traumas to the adult difficulties of the celebrities. “They knew that the last thing I wanted to do was do any harm to them.” Which led to another ethical dilemma. “I couldn’t guarantee how it will be received.” Having got her subjects to expose themselves, she did her best to protect them. The two-and-a-half-hour interviews were edited down to 50 minutes. If they said something too sensitive for their own good, she cut it out. (Ref).
Barry Pittard cited the following quote from Pamela Stephenson:
“I can control what we have in the programme, and take out things that might be misunderstood, but there’s no guarantee of how it’s going to be received. I will feel terrible on people’s behalf if anyone is publicly punished for saying how they feel.”
Although Barry Pittard attempted to argue that Stephenson said this because she was aware “of state-of-the-art maliciousness among media commentators and other unconscienable attackers”, she actually said this in relation to her interview with David Blunkett (British Labor Party Politician) and how she was aware that political pundits would jump on his every word (Ref).
Barry Pittard is trying very hard to justify and make excuses for his defamations and smear-campaigns against Sathya Sai Baba that are not rooted in verifiable or reliable sources. Barry Pittard defames and libels Sathya Sai Baba under the pretense of “protecting” alleged victims and his sources. Barry Pittard is well aware that he cannot answer relevant questions about the Sai Controversy without jeopardizing his credibility and the alleged integrity of the Anti-Sai movement. Even going back to 2001, Anti-Sai sympathizers criticized Barry Pittard about the hearsay allegations made against Sai Baba (Ref).
Barry Pittard resorts to libel, rhetoric and propaganda because he and his Anti-Sai friends have been completely unable to make any legal leeway against Sathya Sai Baba:
- Despite ceaseless name-dropping.
- Despite years of unremitting calumny, ridicule, slurs and defamations.
- Despite erroneously and fraudulently claiming that Sai Baba is a “serial pedophile” who runs people-trafficking rings (allegedly shipping Negros to India from New York’s ghettos for sexual purposes, as alleged by Conny Larsson), absurd claims which have never been proven or supported in any way whatsoever.
- Despite making criminal allegations like murder, racketeering, money-laundering, homosexual abuse, rape, etc. (although Sai Baba and the Sai Org have never been charged with any crime).
- Despite getting various media to run exposure articles against Sai Baba and then publicly boasting on their Anti-Sai websites how they were responsible for the media exposures.
- Despite claiming there is substantial (albeit secret and withheld) evidence and proof against Sai Baba (although they are unable to hire even one money-hungry lawyer to represent alleged victims despite the Guru’s “empire” being allegedly worth billions of dollars).
In conclusion, there is absolutely no comparison between Pamela Stephenson’s interviews on her Shrink Rap show and the allegations made against Sathya Sai Baba on Anti-Sai websites by ex-devotees.
Barry Pittard should follow his own advice about eliminating “Neo-Neanderthal Journalism” (which he fully engages in on his defamatory Anti-Sai blog). Far be it for Barry Pittard to preach about “sensitivity” and “deep ethics” when he displays neither of these characteristics himself.
The closer one looks at Barry Pittard and Anti-Sai Activists, the more one sees of a group that is clinically and negatively obsessed with revenge and anger. This type of unprincipled and besotted behavior is a documented phenomenon that is characteristic of apostates. Former follower’s polyloquent grievances are being fueled by Alaya Rahm’s Self-Dismissed Lawsuit Against The Sathya Sai Baba Society, Unesco’s Regret In Their Press Release Against Sai Baba and the U.S. State Department Removing All Indirect References To Sathya Sai Baba From Their Official Website.
The truth is finally prevailing and former followers are desperately trying to get somewhere besides nowhere. Intelligent people are finally beginning to ask vital questions about the Sai Controversy and are being slapped on the face with claims of “anonymity”, “confidentiality” and “secrecy” by ex-devotees. Thankfully, this secret is now out of the bag and critics are still hoping to fool the few gullible and naive who thrive on the very same deceit and dishonesty that they do.