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August 18, 2008

Why CNN covers things like this Bigfoot nonsense

Posted: 12:16 PM ET

There's been a tremendous response from CNN Readers and Viewers on our reporting on Mr. Bigfoot.  As you may discern from the subtle hints in the title of this blog as well as other reporting on our website and on CNN TV, we're not buying it.  But we are reporting it.  And from the top of the organization to the bottom, we're comfortable with that, because that's what we're supposed to do.

Bigfoot "hunter" Tom Biscardi displays photographic "evidence" of the mythical creature's existence. IAN SHERR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

There have been many comments on this blog about how CNN should be "ashamed" for acknowledging this story.  There have also been many others critical from the other side.  Some say we should wait till the scientific verdict is in; others have already stamped Bigfoot's passport and declared all of this to be real.  Others have labelled CNN as "lazy" for not going out and finding Bigfoot for ourselves.    A special thanks goes out to the several people who took the time to write and complain that CNN was wasting their time.

I've had a great time reading through the (mostly) very smart comments from all sides on this.  Thanks.  Even to those of you who've declared me an "idiot" for my extreme skepticism about the tribe of Bigfeet that live one menacing Georgia Congressional District away from me, my children, and my pets. Here are a couple of facts about this story that I hope will clarify what CNN's role in this story is:

1) CNN is responsible to make its own decisions on what news is, but we're also beholden to report on what our audience is interested in.   In the six-month life of this blog, Bigfoot has gotten more page-views and comments than all but two of the 250-plus stories we've reported.   It would be irresponsible to impose a blackout on reporting this, given the demonstrably strong interest in the story.  It would be just as irresponsible, given the track record on reports of the finding of previously undiscovered mythic beasts in the wilderness, to report in a way that makes this seem like it's a reality. 

I have no problem sharing with you, on this blog, my personal impressions:  The Bigfoot "discovery" is a crock.  But we have an obligation to report the facts as they come out, for the benefit of a public that clearly cares about this, for whatever reasons. 

2) For those who think we've been a bit tough on the seven-foot-seven, 500-pound fella and his human handlers, it's important to acknowledge that a heavily-publicized announcement just took place with no firm evidence whatsover presented.  The impresario who ran the show has a track record of promoting at least one past proven hoax, and the two discoverers had, to put it very charitably, a very tough time accounting for themselves.  All this on top of a century-long history of phony-but-lucrative sightings of Fierce Creatures.  Many commenters have indignantly reported that Bigfeet have been spotted in nearly every one of the United States.  None have mentioned that anyone, anywhere, has produced a single Bigfoot bone, or shred of flesh.  Elvis sightings have as much forensic evidence.  That's where the evidence starts.  For all practical purposes, including the legacy of proven hoaxes, the evidence, or lack thereof, pretty much doesn't end.

CNN has reported on this story in a way that gives strong weight to the likelihood that Bigfoot is as real as mermaids and leprechauns because that's what the preponderance of evidence says.   Those of you who agree or disagree are welcome to voice your opinions here.  Thanks.

Peter Dykstra  Executive Producer   CNN Science Tech & Weather

Filed under: Animals • Hoaxes • myths

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Cowboy_Rick   August 19th, 2008 7:32 pm ET

You know, Bigfoot might do better if he ran for PRES. Sure a press conference would be enevidable, which I have heard that he doesn't like CAMERAS but hey he is more believeable than the two that are running now!!!

Franko   August 19th, 2008 8:15 pm ET

Clementine had disproportianetely BigFeet:
"Light she was and like a fairy,
And her shoes were number nine,"

In the 49 days, women not facial hair shaved.
In the woods, find your own Clementine. Complete your rhyme.

tg   August 19th, 2008 9:38 pm ET

Don't put much credit into the "interest" of the story, people just like to argue. I'll at least admit it, I like telling an idiot off or making a point about why idiot's are idiots. When you see several comments about how stupid the story is and only a fool would believe it, you move on... but when you see people claiming to have seen bigfoot, alien UFO's and accusing people of being ignorant, closed minded and so on for not believing this ridiculous claim, you sometimes feel compelled to reply. So, you basically have a story that begs the kooks to come out of the wood word and argue for the existence, and the people that feel compelled to say "You're an idiot, and here's why...". It's the nature of humans, not because this was a story worthy of such press. Not that I cared, I even defended the coverage, when I thought it was buried with the other worthless, irrelevant blog and celebrity gossip that doesn't deserve to be clicked on and should be avoided at all costs, but when I saw it posted as the main story, and important events that actually mattered being further down the list of coverage, that's when I rightfully lost any remaining respect I had for CNN. I think you're mistaken about the interest and that it was a good call, and for the above reasons.

zorbathegeek   August 19th, 2008 9:47 pm ET

I was surprised to learn that my fellow Americans were so interested in cryptozoology. But then I remembered a few years back when some magazine polled people whether they believed in angels. An amazing 70-80 percent did, I seem to remember. Add to that number the people who believe in "god," and then Bigfoot becomes totally comprehensible. After all, if you can believe in women and men with wings who live in "heaven," and omnipotent beings who rule the universe while still noticing every move you make, then why not a species of large, furry creatures that has cunningly avoided discovery by science? The possibilities are endless. What if Bigfoot is a female? (There must be Bigfoot females if there are any at all.) I can just see it, the first sex video: "Bessie and Footsie do the San Fernando Valley." And think of the folks who make commercials for razors and depilatories. Bigphootine in the (oversized) bathtub, shaving her legs. "Wilkinson's Sword, my favorite!" The future is wide open, and the sky is the limit (thanks, T.P.)

RC   August 19th, 2008 10:03 pm ET

Whew! Finally I can let the pets out again! Seriously, I'm following the story so I can watch these guys go to jail – will you please be there when this happens? Funny how they claim to have found a body in Georgia but waited to report it thousands of miles away. What laws did they break? There must be many and in many states.

scott   August 19th, 2008 10:21 pm ET

why do people keep comming up with the Jhon Edwards issue? i mean really if you put a story up about a real person that is not known for sure then you could get in a heap of trouble, bigfoot has yet to sue anyone for slader, and if he shows up one day and dose then great ,,,, we will know that he is real, the ride was fun CNN, but i think there are a few loops left.

scott   August 19th, 2008 10:28 pm ET

oh, its John not jhon, oops clicked submit too fast,

and frankly i think it is the real bigfoot, just he is made of rubber, you see, being made of rubber lets him bound thru the woods faster and when one dies there are no bones to be found. and that is why so many big foot hunters get pictures of what looks like people wearing costumes,

maybe the bigfoots are actually aleins in costume to blend in while they look for cows to kill and people to @$$ rape.

Stephen   August 19th, 2008 10:34 pm ET

Mr Dykstra,

It sounds like you are trying to beat a hasty retreat.

You and CNN were accused of being "pathetic". Your response seems to be essentially that that is not a dignified thing to say, and that everyone should lighten up, because hey, it's just Bigfoot, and why are people wasting their time responding to this fluff, ha ha, stop "vibrating", ha ha, I'm laughing can't you hear, where's your sense of humor? ha ha ha?

No, this is not about Bigfoot. This is about CNN choosing to cover the Bigfoot story. This is about how the initial stories did NOT mention anything about a hoax. I refer you to "Body proves Bigfoot no myth, hunters say", for example. This is a straight report, much as one would report on anything else. This is about how that was a stupid thing to do.

You didn't think so, speaking for the "top of the organization to the bottom", and presented, for lack of a better word, a "pathetic" defense. Did you not do this voluntarily? You were ordered by the "suits"? Are you a "suit"? Now, you say you "don't have the power to address all of the grievances..." You know what, everyone knows that you Mr. Dykstra can't personally fix CNN let alone all of the media. No one never thought you could, even before when you were claiming to speak for CNN from "top to bottom".

You are being responded to in non-"civil" terms, and in "sputtering anger", simply because that is really the only way to deal with the situation. You are being ridiculed because it's funny to do so. Nobody wants to convert you. Everyone knows you have a solid support system backing you up, including a drooling public that tolerates idiocy. Nobody wants your apology. It's worthless. Nobody even wants you, personally, displeased. You're just an irrelevant cog, the third stitch on Frankenstein's left nut.

This is gallows humor, the disease is terminal.

scott   August 19th, 2008 10:39 pm ET

hey cnn i hate sports ALL SPORTS, they are useless, they are not entertaining and they are surely not news worth covering. they are just games and i want only real new from you guys! OK?

so this is what you are allowed to write about

natural desasters
anything with explosions
and weather (if it is only going to effect the area I live)

because everything is entertainment, and you know we as americans dont like entertainment. shame on us

scott   August 19th, 2008 10:41 pm ET

i bet South park is making a frozen Manbearpig episode

Buffy   August 19th, 2008 10:45 pm ET

Don't care. Both parties spending too much time caring. Guess what. The news won't always cover things you like or agree with. That's life.

Forest Green   August 19th, 2008 11:06 pm ET

I think the story was fun and reported with an appropriate level of sarcasm without rancor.

The NEWS was that there are still lots of screwballs out there. Are there any Bigfeet? Probably not, but the screwballs can't tell the difference.

Relax and enjoy the screwballs everybody.....

sadwookie   August 20th, 2008 12:11 am ET

Look, the troubling issue here is that more is expected from CNN.

For example, even a modicum of investigative journalism would have revealed that the principle promoter (Biscardi) is known to be a hoax promotor and a conman, and that the so-called 'hunters' had already been caught in a fraud on a youtube posting regarding this so-called discovery.

There is some suggestive evidence to support the presence of animals like bigfoot; faint, inconclusive, but sufficient to warrant an open mind.

However, when reputable news sources such as CNN abrogate their responsbility to actually present vetted news, then they become no better than tabloids such as the National Enquirer.

That is what troubles the informed reader–not that a couple of conmen and buffoons orchestrated an obvious hoax, but that a "premier" source of news either doesn't care or doesn't know how to investigate news anymore.

What does that say about everything else CNN reports?

Franko   August 20th, 2008 12:37 am ET

Not humans only, Mouse to Elephant. survival overrides.
All, curiously, paranoid, attentive, CNN affirmed, a story or experiment ?
SasQuatch is no different; stay way from promotion to a trophy on the Wall

Marc, Houston, Texas   August 20th, 2008 12:43 am ET

In the past I relied heavily on as a news source. Increasingly, I find stories lingering stale on the site for days, and an abundance of "human interest" rather than "need to know" items. From the article on "Why...Bigfoot", I gather the old saw, "We publish what our audience wants, and response to Bigfoot has been high". What a shame, I had hoped CNN would be above pandering to the lowest common denominator, and provide thoughtful, cutting edge news to those who want it, possibly raising the denominator in the process. It appears the risk of lower ratings is not worth a reputation for depth and integrity.

EetMeetKnotVegeez   August 20th, 2008 1:03 am ET

If Anderson Cooper can't find it, it doesn't exist.

PLJ   August 20th, 2008 1:07 am ET

Someday Bigfoot will be found. Credit to CNN and others for reporting this story. Even though it was being shot down from the begining.

sartre   August 20th, 2008 1:20 am ET

Well, thats the same reason why you report on paris hilton, brittany spears as front page news. Because CNN is not a news organization, its a tabloid. Shame on CNN staff, you guys should bring disgrace to new reporting.

AS   August 20th, 2008 1:51 am ET

This is really not a good explanation of your failure to present news in a legitimate manner. You readily admit that your goal is to attain the highest "pageviews". But you forget that CNN legitimizes such nonsense as the Bigfoot story. You forget that CNN loses credability and legitimacy each time it panders and presents these stories. I hope that whoever made the decision to run this gets sacked. This is such garbage. There is REAL NEWS in the world that IS BEING IGNORED.

tg   August 20th, 2008 2:30 am ET

Scott, I think this is a bit different than an opinion about what crap is newsworthy or not. To plash the crap on the main header of the site for 24 hours is a little much. Humor and sarcasm are fine, but to bury actual world and national important news under it is pretty lame - smacks of a gossip rag (which might explain all of the "panel" of news reporters every time "Brangelina" have a new kid, or what the other celebs are up to, who's pregnant, and other pathetic excuses for a real media news outlet to have, at least anywhere near the main story, like this nonsense was).

mike chambers   August 20th, 2008 2:57 am ET

keep it up with all that stuff happening in the world a good bigfoot story helps one to keep things in check.
hey, how about nessie or one of they other creatures we have not heard anything about in a while
come on bring it on it gives us a time to stop and say things are still ok here.

Franko   August 20th, 2008 3:22 am ET

This deserves futher investigations. Leave no stone unturned.
Interviews with Anthropologists, Geneticists, String Theorists, Indian Tribe Legend Keepers, Pope, Tarot Card Fortune Tellers, Presidential Candidates, Human Rights Activists, Gay marriage opponents, Feminists, UN, IPCC.

Even if in strange love,
Can you marry a SasQuatch or ManPigBear, above your IQ ?

Alienprophecy   August 20th, 2008 4:47 am ET

Here's the bigger question: how come CNN covered "Bigfoot" as soon as everyone else did, but dragged their feet on the John Edward's mistress thing? Back then, the response was that CNN was basically above tabloid trash.

I guess not.

I agree with this blog post–CNN's job is to present stories that the public is interested in...not the ones they think -we- should be interested in.

LB   August 20th, 2008 7:30 am ET

The Bigfoot story may have had many hits but is sensationalism the name of the game? People like to read about Brittany Spears too but I don't read the websites or newspapers who print that trash. Printing stories about Bigfoot just makes me wonder if you're a serious reporter. Leave these silly stories to the national inquirer. Come on. Grow up.

Jenny   August 20th, 2008 7:37 am ET

So, you publish stories on junk because that's what the public wants to read? Okay. I can believe that. I'm sure being an entertainment outlet pays better than being a news site. But frankly that's why CNN is no longer in my "news" folder with the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, and the BBC web-pages. It's in my "junk" folder with the Drudge Report and Fark. Fark's motto ("It's not news - it's Fark.") describes CNN these days too. When I want in-depth, well-researched news, I turn elsewhere. I come to CNN when I'm bored and looking for the latest "news" on Bigfoot, spoilers about the season finale of Lost, or speculation on whether Spitz or Phelps makes a better pin-up.

I think a lot of the bitterness you see comes from older readers, like me, who remember when CNN was a serious source of news. We're not used to thinking of you as a tabloid.

YoYo   August 20th, 2008 7:53 am ET

Carefully compare the facial features of the original photo with that of the rubber costume. They are both very different (brow line,distance from bottom of nose to upper lip etc.)

YoYo   August 20th, 2008 7:55 am ET

I'm not saying I'm just saying . . .

Chris   August 20th, 2008 8:12 am ET


Gary McLaughlin   August 20th, 2008 8:13 am ET

...But we are reporting it...because that`s what we are supposed to do, is a crock Where was this so called journalistic moral purity when Bush and Co lied the Country into an illegal war that has damaged the U.S beyond repair. Fox was demonstrably worse but the empirical evidence was there but ignored by CNN or glossed over

Felicita Concepcion   August 20th, 2008 9:19 am ET

The problem with CNN reporting this story is.. Because CNN is known for being such a reliable news source and not a gossip station, we tend to believe anything that they find worth reporting.

Steve   August 20th, 2008 9:25 am ET

Looks like he brushes and flosses every day.

Charles   August 20th, 2008 9:32 am ET

So, Mr. Dkystra, if someone holds a press conference tomorrow claiming Elvis is alive, will you cover it like this story: This story is nonsense; created to sell books, DVD's or whatever other junk they are going to try to make money off of and you've given them free advertising. This is not news, it's garbage. You're the Executive Producer for Science and Technology. Why would you run myths like this at all with NO evidence other than a press release and obviously phony picture? Is this what CNN thinks of science?
I'm ashamed of you and think you should be replaced by someone with respect for the scientific community and science in general.

Thanks Charles - please read the blog, I don't think you'll find an unskeptical word in there. PD

Marc   August 20th, 2008 10:04 am ET

You know what they say about big feet ???

Stephen   August 20th, 2008 10:33 am ET

Mr Dykstra,

Just to be clear, it seems that you are trying to tell us that the blog is where is the real news is. When you say this are you speaking for the whole organization from the top to the bottom? How about replacing the main CNN page with links to blogs?

When you said CNN was comfortable with it's coverage of Bigfoot, from top to bottom, apparently you mean some kind of two-faced coverage, with "Body proves Bigfoot no myth, hunters say" (with a CNN byline) on the front page, and some random blogging days later. Was this strategy devised in a meeting? Who came up with it? Who was there? Was there a vote? Did you have nothing to do with it? Then why did you defend it?

Rob Gremer   August 20th, 2008 10:38 am ET

I understand the need to report even the absurd stories such as this Bigfoot thing; however, I felt having a news conference on something that has not been verified by your organization was going too far. A simple article on the back page would have sufficed, but, a news conference!!!??? you have indeed lowered yourselves to the standards of other cheap tabloids, very disappointing for a news agency that has labored so long to build a reputation of integrity. The next time I want to read hear about something idiotic I'll pick up an Enquirer. Signing off for the last time, good riddens.


Stephen   August 20th, 2008 11:32 am ET

Maybe there was this meeting, and everybody was going over their stories like they did on "Murphy Brown", and the question came up about this Bigfoot thing, what to do. And then someone pipes up with the whole, "but what if by some long shot it happens to be real, we'll be caught with our pants down". And some authority guy sits up straight and looks around the table, or beanbag circle, or however it is they have their meetings, and says "Who is willing to take responsibility for Bigfoot being a hoax". And maybe there was silence.

Because, maybe they really couldn't tell the difference between

1. Maybe there's life on Mars
2. Maybe Obama's airplane was sabotaged
3. Maybe there is a Bigfoot
4. Maybe a pair of shady characters who exhibit all the signs of fraud, including unexplained secrecy, random name dropping of authority figures who are conveniently on vacation, claim to have a Bigfoot carcass with really expensive dental work, ACTUALLY found Bigfoot.

Or maybe, they could tell the difference but for whatever reasons decided it didn't matter. Which one is worse I don't know.


Stephen   August 20th, 2008 11:36 am ET

Just think, the title of this blog COULD have been, "Why CNN WILL NOT cover things like this Bigfoot nonsense"

Franko   August 20th, 2008 11:52 am ET

Satisfy your curiosity, shine light on our darkest desire, monster spider for real ?

"You know what they say about big feet ???" How did this come about.
CNN sleeping on the job, if not explained, attitudes explored in all detail.

Millis   August 20th, 2008 12:56 pm ET

LOL!!! I love it!!! and especially in the way this was done in good taste and yet it was worthy to give us a break from all the bad or war weary news. In my opinion CNN was in all fairness was doing what was right and I stand by them to bring a story about Bigfoot to the headlines. It is also my opinion that CNN have demonstrarted good judgement and fairness to report what they saw fit, whether or not there's any proof of such a creature as Bigfoot even exists. So, give CNN a break, they are doing such a great service to keep us informed in all that is happening in the world around us today.

notsharingname   August 20th, 2008 1:03 pm ET

The reporting is fine and thank you for covering it. All of us really wondered how it would turn out...pretty funny if you think about....Daryle and Daryle ran off with the money!

Someone I know owns the land that tonight's episode on the History Channel at 9est about NY Bigfoot will feature. After hunting there and hearing what my friend has experienced, I remain curious. I've heard loud single thumps at a frequency so low turkeys don't hear it. I've personally watched a flock not must be near 30Hz. I've never heard this anywhere else hunting or hiking. The occurences seem to be migrational such as headed north in the Spring and south in the Fall.

It was also strange to work at a high-end research facility and have a contract IT guy calmly share a story while staying in a cabin hunting while in VA or NC....the same rock throwing experience we've all heard.

Daniel   August 20th, 2008 2:12 pm ET

Peter Dykstra –

I would like to apologize for all the people that get caught up in their own emotions or frustrations and feel that every situation that they do not approve of requires someone – anyone to be a scapegoat – a fall guy. You wrote the story, so they all know your shoe fits.

This was one series of articles over the course of your career with CNN and career in journalism in general. Do people consider your reputation or take into consideration all the other articles you have completed that received good reviews, before slandering you, the company, the readers, and the article itself putting themselves and their views above all else?

Why must people be so negative? When people are negative they are trying to make themselves feel better or important or whatever by putting other people down.

I'm not talking about the people that simply voice their opinions of the article's subject. I'm talking about the people that are taking that extra one step (minimum) by attacking everything else.

Lets get a grip here people and refocus on some of YOUR behavior in lieu of the article. You should be the ones apologizing and ashamed of your behavior. Some of you give off that interpretation that you are the kind of person(s) that would purposely try and get someone fired at a fast food joint, because your food was made incorrectly. Nothing positive comes from such behavior.

I am fully aware that I will now be, to some degree, a target for new comments. The really cool part about all this is, I don't care.

A person is smart. People are irrational and stupid.

So, don't let any of this bother you – just keep on writing!! Again, this is only MY opinion and should hold no more weight then the one that will surely follow.

Bige Foote   August 20th, 2008 2:15 pm ET

I am real. Just come down to Atlantis and you'll meet my whole family.
High Five.

Stephen   August 20th, 2008 3:16 pm ET


Good to hear from you, thanks for taking the time to read and comment thoughtfully. I was getting worried, since almost 2 hours have passed with no comments, that no one was reading this anymore, or cared. Now I know that I should keep commenting. Also brace yourself for more gems from Franko (I hope I beat him to the punch...)

I think it's very noble of you to come to Mr Dykstra's defense. However, I think it's unnecessary. You see, I think reporters think of themselves as these gung-ho warriors of truth, real tough guys, all ready to take a bullet in the arm. Haven't you ever seen Murphy Brown? Mr. Dykstra is no pansy girly-man that needs you to soothe his boo boo. He has no boo boo at all. And, he's no fall guy. This was an opportunity which he took, to take one for the team. And he's proud. This is guesswork, of course, what do I know.

Now, you seem to say that he has a long career of quality service to the public, and shouldn't be casually criticised. Honestly, I had no idea. I have no idea who he is, or what he's done. Does he have a Pulitzer? If so, "Wow, I had no idea!". Speaking for myself, I refer to him by name only because that's how they do it over at the Economist. I wonder though why you think he's been slandered. Did he not, in fact, defend CNN's Bigfoot coverage? I thought he did. Did anyone accuse him of anything else? Is he not right now smugly "not displeased or apologetic"? There is no slander in any of these comments, except maybe for the guy who posted a fake "Santa Claus" headline as "CNN Breaking News" (that was a howler).

You ask why must people be so negative? You mean in terms of hurting someone's feelings? I doubt anyone has hurt feelings. Do you? What is this "everything else" that has been attacked? The state of American media? The education level of the American public? Are these things having boo boos right now? In any case, there are other nations in the world, to compare against, objectively. I agree, CNN stacks up pretty good against that Russain naked weather lady. But wait, she's really really entertaining.

I see you like analogies. Mr Dykstra is the fry cook in the burger joint, is he? So CNN is dishing us up Happy Meals, and he is just following the employee manual? OK. No problem, I think that's what the majority of the "negative" commenters already think anyway. But again, he's not going to get fired, he's going to be promoted for all this hoo-ha!

Just to address your final points for completeness:

1. You're not a target for me, I love you, and I wish you cared.
2. Don't be too down on people, keep a happy face!
3. My opinion obviously has much more weight than yours, I'm much more cleverer!

Daniel   August 20th, 2008 4:46 pm ET

Steph –

I don't take things personal – and I do care what other people think, everyone does. Depending on what they say really depends on how much I care. Does that make sense?

I am a very positive person. I ... lets say "handle" negative people all day long. So, I am unaffected by it on a personal level and approach the situation on a perfessional level. To the best of my abilities, of course. LOL

I am leaving for the day – I'm at work. I have nothing more to add to this particular article. I hold no grudge. Maybe another day another article.

Good luck to you Peter and good day to you Steph.

Stephen   August 20th, 2008 5:22 pm ET


Sure, sure, ride off into the sunset all you want. Mark my words, you'll be back and I'll be waiting.

the muse   August 20th, 2008 5:46 pm ET

I think Franko IS Bigfoot.

Nate   August 20th, 2008 6:10 pm ET

I am wondering why so many people who post comments cannot write a simple sentence. A sentence consists of a subject, a verb, and a complete idea. It also requires correct spelling.

Mark   August 20th, 2008 7:05 pm ET

It is so amazing how short an attention span is, if anything this is the downfall of mankind. Belief in a story such as bigfoot is not such a bad thing. True that no real evidence has been produced except for hair that did not match any DNA record. We are not the only ones to have spoke of such a thing, bigfoot goes back hundreds of years and the theory of it being a Gigantopithecus is plausable. Not to long ago, the Mountain Ape was a Bigfoot, the Duckbilled Platapus was a bigfoot. Another bigfoot, the coelacanth was thought extinct 80 million years ago and is alive and well today in Nairobi, Kenya.

To all you "educated" persons that know a few big words. Fly from Virginia to Los Angeles at night. There isn't a lot of light down there and plenty of untamed land. Do I believe? Kinda, I like to believe and see no reason not too. I would even go on a expedition to look for bigfoot. I would most likely not come up with anything but you know what, it would be a lot of fun.

The bottom line is that there is more to say YES then there is to say NO.

Mark Waggoner
Laplace, LA

Franko   August 21st, 2008 1:35 am ET

There are numerous SasQuatch, BigFoot like Humans.
Some DNA, 95%, with statistical certainty, identified different.
SasFoot, BigQuatch, BigOotan, OrangeFoot, OrangeGilla, SasMuse Normally elusive, hiding from Devil Humanization, secretly sneak to
Find a mate places, Ecstacy Concerts, Churches, Supermarkets ..
All around US, Am I the only one ? Are there no real 100%, Humans left.

James Edgar   August 21st, 2008 3:52 am ET

Seems like CNN is pretty foolish if they aren't getting paid by the advertiser on the right hand side of the page based on the number of page views. Popularity is the first benefit listed on the "Advertise at" page, so clearly it is being used to get advertisers.

oracle   August 21st, 2008 11:23 am ET

I can tell you why CNN reported this and why they will continue to report such foolishness. According the their own sources the Bigfoot story "... has gotten more page-views and comments than all but two of the 250-plus stories...".

So let's see how this works: CNN publicizes a hokey Bigfoot story that they know will generate immense interest (and incidentally sell a lot of airtime) if only, somehow, the inquiring public becomes aware of it. But how does that happen? Wait a minute. Aren't we a news organization? Can't we prime the pump a little? Generate a little interest and then claim we are just giving the boobs what they want? Of course we can.

Don't worry about the National Enquirer going out of business. There's always CNN. As long as there's one born every minute CNN will never lack an audience.

dnc   August 21st, 2008 2:11 pm ET

For all you whiners out there bashing CNN: If you don't like what they report on DON'T READ/WATCH CNN!!!! Gees... In these days of Britney and Brangelina they're reporting what the "people" want.

Stephen   August 21st, 2008 5:07 pm ET

So the score seems to be (approximately, so far):

72 explicitly against (coverage of Bigfoot)
65 explicitly in support

18 implied against
37 implied in support

60 redundant, unclear

From this I derive that the November results are "too close to call".

Stephen   August 21st, 2008 5:26 pm ET

OK, it goes like this:

All the explicit opinions correspond to activists who will for the most part vote. Those against Bigfoot coverage are for McCain, and those for Bigfoot coverage are for Obama, so here we have McCain over Obama 52.5% to 47.5%.

The implied opinions correspond to those who will happen to vote because it was conveniently possible, dragged out by peer pressure, etc. Here, Obama has an overwhelming majority at 67.3%. Let's call these "incidental" votes.

The droolers don't vote, or can be taken to just vote randomly.

So, if out of a typical 30% turnout election, we have activists over incidental votes in a proportion of 3 to 1 (random guess), then we have for a final tally, Obama over McCain 52.4% to 47.6%.

You read it here first.

bobzilla   August 22nd, 2008 6:30 pm ET

I havent got this many laughs out of most comedy sites. Thanks scott, stephen, and big foot, mom of big foot for the humour. Also special mention to the girl who dated bigfoot and found out his name was a misnomer,,laughed for 10 min. Besides all the whining, etc there has been some very original humour. Myself im unhappy this didnt turn out to be true, because i have a 1/2 fininished manuscript for a cookbood on 101 ways to make bigfoot meals (was on receipe 48), cuz i hear they are to fatty to just fry and i want some healthy crypto menus out there,,lol.

Franko   August 22nd, 2008 11:17 pm ET

Invite a BigFoot Presidential Candidate for supper and beer:
"Please, BigFeet are non violent vegetarians. Sweetgrass with slugs"

M Pardee   August 23rd, 2008 11:56 pm ET

cnn is not the prestigeous news organization it once was ,but just another very badly produced entertainment channel. you want news? watch the BBC.

Ray   August 25th, 2008 9:11 am ET

Mr. Dykstra, even if the Bigfoot postings on this blog turn out to be a hoax, how do you explain sightings of other Bigfoot postings all over the web? Reportedly, Bigfoot has over 1230 friends on Facebook; how many do YOU have?

I only have 340 friends on Facebook. So I concede the point. PD

Ray   August 25th, 2008 9:22 am ET

You want more proof? I have unopened letters from major companies inviting Bigfoot to open a new low interest credit card account and to switch from cable service to satelite TV.

Big Foot   August 25th, 2008 9:32 am ET

It was all a scam! ... The interest rate increased after 90 days and the satellite service required a 2-year contract. Don't necessarily trust what you read in print!

Big Foot   August 25th, 2008 10:47 am ET

I'm just writing to thank all my fans and dispell the rumors about why I missed the press conference. I was NOT in rehab; just indisposed with a bad case of gout.

Big Foot's Ex   August 25th, 2008 10:57 am ET

Gout ... yea, I bet! Like when you 'twisted your ankle" just before your big job interview with that insurance company ... and they hired a caveman instead. And the white powder you said was for athlete's foot. And all those times you came home late smelling all musty.

Ray   August 26th, 2008 10:47 am ET

To the skeptics who quote Carl Sagan that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof," I refer them to the August 1977 news report in the Brownsville Courier of the "Image of Bigfoot discovered in Corn Tortilla." The article reports that over 200 eyewitnesses had seen the tortilla and agreed it bore a striking resemblance to the legendary creature. Eyewitnesses included several police officers plus the Assistant Band Director of the community high school. What say you to this, Bigfoot skeptics?

SJM   August 26th, 2008 5:09 pm ET

While I am certain there are well meaning people who may- or may not – have seen bigfoot, or some species that can explain the sightings, when someone says they have a bigfoot carcass, I am from the "Show Me" state, meaning, they better put the critter on dipslay and allow reputable scientists to examine it, includingones that they have not of their own funding, purchased the scientist's results.

Otherwise, these gentelmen are trying to live up to the PT Barnum creedo "You can fool some of the people some of the time."

I'm not fooled by people who 'claim' anything without showing the physical proof, which in this case, is – supposedly – more than a plaster cast of a footprint.

Dave   August 26th, 2008 7:24 pm ET

Hey Peter,

From most of the comments I have seen come back, I think most people missed the idea of why you wrote this new article. I am also guessing they did not read some of the comments left on the original article. People will just have to understand that you were just doing your job and reporting on a story. That is all it was. They make it sound like you were reporting on the end of the world or something. It was just a story and something different for once other than all this political crap. As a reporter I am sure that you are used to all the criticism but I just wanted to let you know that there are people out here with the intellegnce to undertand what you were doing was a job and nothing more. It is a shame more people don't have the common sense to understand that. Thank you for your time.

bob   August 27th, 2008 9:05 am ET

"In the six-month life of this blog, Bigfoot has gotten more page-views and comments than all but two of the 250-plus stories we’ve reported. It would be irresponsible to impose a blackout on reporting this, given the demonstrably strong interest in the story."

So if you run nude pics of angelina jolie, thus getting massive amounts of hits, you can justify the "news" coverage due to the response?
What kind of ridiculous 3rd grade logic is that?
So you can go dig up snuff films and post them and when you get a lot of hits for it, that justifies it as "newsworthy?"
The mere fact that moron reporters bothered to show up for the bigfoot press conference is hilarious!

Stephen   August 27th, 2008 11:14 am ET

Dude, bob,

That's totally not a fair comparison.

They would have to be FAKE nude Angelina Jolie pictures.

Otherwise, they wouldn't be able to comment in the blogs that OBVIOUSLY they're fake, just look at disproportionate size of her head, and how the angles of the shadows are inconsistent, etc., and THAT is exactly why would make them newsworthy. After all, CNN has a responsibility to increase the public awareness of the existence of fake porn, otherwise people might actually pay for or believe that their self gratification was directed towards a nude picture of the REAL Angelina Jolie, when they did not in fact deserve that particular level of pleasure since it was really just some random swimsuit model with Angelina Jolie's head Photoshopped ("Photoshop" is a registered trademark of the Adobe family of companies, and is used here without permission) on.

We as a society cannot have that, and thank goodness CNN will protect us.

Richard Stenger   October 15th, 2008 3:26 pm ET

Bigfoot is REAL! Here's proof that he lives...and loves:

Bri   October 15th, 2008 10:02 pm ET

People who compare Bigfoot to Global Warming make me sad.

I guess having New Orleans destroyed by hurricanes isn't enough evidence that global warming is happening.

Let me know if you ever start wondering what happened to our economy. Hint: it has to do with these people not caring to learn about science.

Science is not the domain of the elite. It is research done by real people. You could be one of these people– but you have to start observing before you judge.

This act of observation is what makes people curious to hear about Bigfoot. But it is also why the story never had any credibility - we've never seen any evidence of Bigfoot. No physical evidence whatsoever.

Global warming: we have fossils. Ice core samples. Sensors all over the world measuring CO2 levels. We have tons of evidence. All you have to do is learn about it. It points to a scary trend– a trend that we call Global Warming.

Global Warming. It will happen whether you believe in it or not. Please be part of the solution, and stop hiding from the challenge we all must face.

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