Latest News on Peter Popoff

27 September 2009

It seems that Peter Popoff has lost a number of venues.

Six TV stations in Canada and 13 in the United States have removed Popoff from their programming schedules.

Likewise, Popoff’s infomercials no longer air in either Australia or New Zealand.

There are so many people who can – and should – take a bow for getting this done. I would like to give credit to dprjones, who got me inspired to start with this blog.

You can see the video I posted with the current situation on Popoff.


Please Do Not Vandalize Wikipedia

3 June 2009

I was looking over the Wikipedia article for Peter Popoff, which you can see here, and I checked the history section to see how the article has been updated recently.

To my dismay, I noticed that some users had inserted insults toward Popoff in the body of the main article, which other users and mods had to revert.

If you are tempted to do something similar to the Wikipedia article, I sincerely ask you to reconsider that approach. The Wikipedia article, without the personal attacks, is a good first step for otherwise uninformed people to learn about Popoff’s history. Only an unbiased and factual approach to understanding Popoff’s personal and business history can be helpful in having him removed from the airwaves.

If you absolutely must post insults against Popoff on a wiki somewhere, you can visit the Encyclopedia Dramatica page here and try to make some additions of your own. Please remember that ED users and mods will judge every addition for its lulziness, rather than its factuality. If your additions do not promote lulz, they will likely be removed.

Wikipedia is not perfect, but I feel that it is a good source of information for people looking for answers in a short period of time and the mods do work very hard to keep the articles factual and based on a neutral point of view.

Again, please no vandalism at Wikipedia.


To Begin June 6th: “Operation Downfall”

2 June 2009

I am officially announcing the beginning of “Operation Downfall“, as far as I know, it will be the first organized effort to have Peter Popoff’s programs removed from the airwaves in the USA, Canada and the UK at the same time.

As with the original Operation Downfall (the cancelled American invasion of the Japanese mainland in World War Two), this campaign will consist of two parts: Operation Olympic and Operation Coronet.

During Operation Olympic, everyone who wishes to participate is asked to begin contacting the stations that air Peter Popoff’s infomercials. Emails, postal letters, faxes and phone calls are just as good. Everyone who wishes to participate is encouraged to spread the word among your friends and family to also send complaints to TV stations and networks.

Make sure to contact the Programming Department, since they are actually responsible for what that station puts on the air.

If you contact a local station, make sure to also contact the station’s owners to give your complaint more weight.

Certain networks – The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel, The Word Network, MyNetwork TV and TV ONE – may be easier to convince to remove Popoff from their lineup. However, the Black Entertainment Television (BET) is the network that airs the most Popoff infomercials during the week and may be more difficult.

BET seems to have an affinity for selling broadcast time to disgraced preachers. Aside from Popoff, they also broadcast Leroy Jenkins, Don Stewart and Robert Tilton. Obviously, BET has little apparent qualms of selling airtime to people like this. In fact, it appears that Tilton is the source of the idea for Popoff to send little trinkets in the mail to potential donors, as he was doing this back in his own heyday.

Whatever the case may be, the first few weeks of this may see some successes, but it appears unlikely that BET would let go of Popoff, given their practise of allowing other similar preachers to buy airtime. So, a more organized action in regards to BET will be put-off until a later date, though you should still send in your complaints.

If Peter Popoff broadcasts from a local station in your State or Province (in the USA or Canada) write letters to the editors of your local newspapers drawing attention to the fact that Popoff is being broadcast locally and asking readers to send their complaints to the station as well. Post on Craigslist “Rant & Raves” or in any other local forum.

Make people aware of Popoff’s history. The vast majority of people will be initially unaware and will react with shock and disgust at the fact that such a person who was publicly revealed as a fraud years ago would not only come back to the same profression, but would be so financially rewarded as a result.

Contact your local Council of Churches or similar organization and ask for them to lend their voice to this campaign. Find Christian groups who are active in fighting fraud and abuse from the pulpit and ask for them to join the fight.

While so many people know about Peter Popoff, there has never been an single organized effort to remove him from the airwaves. The complaint, here and there, makes little difference. But, if complaints start coming in and keep coming in for weeks, the situation would be much different.

Depending on the results of Operation Olympic, Operation Coronet should begin in a few weeks. While Olympic will be pretty basic – contacting stations and their owners – Coronet will be more complex and may take longer than Olympic does. But, we will see about that when Olympic concludes.

If you get replies from TV stations or networks that they no longer air Popoff or they plan to remove him from their broadcasting lineup, please contact me, so I can update the blog. If you receive a reply from them that basically tells you to get lost, let me know about that also.

This Saturday, June 6th, the anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy in 1944, we begin the job of removing Peter Popoff from the airwaves and back into obscurity. When the stations’ staff and department heads return to work Monday morning, I am hopeful that they will see hundred of emails in their Inboxes, phone messages in the voicemail and a pile of letters on their desks.

If we get it started and keep it going, we can finally rid the airwaves of Peter Popoff. This cannot be done by any single person, it can only be accomplished by getting as many people as possible working for the common goal.

All the contact information you require is on this blog.

Let’s get started.

On June 6, 2009, the pwnage begins and if we succeed, it will be epic!


Made A Few Changes

1 June 2009

In case you have previously visited and think that the blog looks different now: you are correct.

Since new information comes my way frequently, I realized that valuable information can get buried fairly quickly.

  1. contact information for television stations and networks that broadcast Peter Popoff have been merged into a single page and placed in a link at the top of the blog;
  2. Contact information for government and advocacy organizations where you can file complaints against Popoff was moved to a page;
  3. the pages Why I Am Doing This, Dedication and Contact Me were merged into a single page and titled About Me. This blog isn’t about me, it is dedicated to the fight against Peter Popoff. Once Popff is off-the-air and in permanent retirement and obscurity, there will no longer be a reason for this blog to exist and it will probably be shutdown. But, rather than deal with questions about my motivations, as well as give people a way to contact me, I have the About Me page to answer those questions.

One final point and this is directed to Peter Popoff, his family, his friends, his employees and his supporters who intend to contact me and tell me to shut this blog down immediately or want to tell me how I am interfering with the Freedom of Religion or how I am persecuting Christians or similar things: Please watch the video below to receive your answer.


Popoff Even Caught the Attention of DISCOVER Magazine

1 June 2009

It’s just a brief mention, but any mention of the fact that this bastard is making a comeback is good news for us.

Here’s the link

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/05/10/and-the-blind-shall-see/


Warnings About Popoff Making News in the UK

1 June 2009

Peter Popoff has some church leaders in the United Kingdom worried about him.

Here’s a story I found today:

Warning over religious letters

Published Date: 27 May 2009
Chief reporter

CHURCH bosses have issued a warning over religious letters promising “powerful prophecies” in exchange for cash.
Norma Sanders, 70, from South Shields, has had a number of mailshots in the last few weeks from Brother Peter Popoff, whose ministry is based in America.

One included a square of blue cloth, described in the letter as a “New Testament anointed prophet’s shirt piece”, and promised access to 14 prophecies.

Another was seven-pages long and included a “very powerful circle of divine blessing”, promising “several very clear visions about your past, present and future”.

Both asked for the items to be returned to a London PO Box address with an amount of money ranging from £20 to more than £107 – or “whatever you feel”.

Mrs Sanders: “There are vulnerable people out there who may think this is the answer to all their problems.

“I don’t want anyone to be duped by reading that.”

Trading Standards officers at South Tyneside Council are probing the letters from California-based Brother Popoff, who claims to be a faith healer.

He also claims to receive divine revelations about people who attend his services, as well as those whom he contacts via mass mailings.

In 1986, he was left bankrupt after an exposé on his methods by an American journalist, but more than 20 years later, he has developed a faithful new following.

But Bernadette Askins, chairman of Churches Together in South Tyneside, said a bona fide religious organisation would not approach people in this way.

She said: “I would treat this with extreme caution and not send any money.

“I can understand people feeling under pressure and being very anxious about such appeals, but many of them are really a confidence trick.

“We would strongly advise that people just take no action. If in doubt, talk to your minister or priest.”

Coun Joanne Bell, lead member for safer and stronger communities, said: “We would advise our residents to be cautious about sending money to any individual or organisation they do not know.

“In the present economic climate, we are seeing more and more unsolicited letters and e-mails from bogus psychics, fake lotteries and individuals claiming to want to move money from THIRD WORLD countries.

“Sadly, these kinds of letters and e-mails can prey on vulnerable adults in South Tyneside and they all share a common goal – to part
people from their hard-earned cash.”

Anyone who has received a similar letter and would like to talk to Trading Standards can contact Consumer Direct on (08454) 04 05 06.

Source http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/Warning-over-religious-letters.5304929.jp


Popoff Booted from Australian TV

1 June 2009

It seems that Peter Popoff has been permab& from Australia’s Channel Nine.

I so love Australia, right now.

“PROGRAM POPS OFF

The ailing insomniac’s best friend, the Reverend Peter Popoff, has had his early-morning television infomercials referred to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for potential inclusion on its ScamWatch website by the NSW Fair Trading Minister, Virginia Judge. Popoff, a self-styled “faith healer” exposed by the American sceptic James Randi on camera on the American ABC network in 2007, spruiks “free Miracle Spring Water” on his 3am slots. But he appears to have mysteriously vanished from the Channel Nine schedule after ABC TV’s Media Watch asked whether Nine was pocketing a fee for screening the half-hour Peter Popoff Ministries.”

Source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/a-big-week-for-schapelle-corby-20090525-bjn9.html?page=-1


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