I don't really keep up on New Age-y type stuff because it's just not my thing. So the most recent episode of Showtime's Penn & Teller: Bullshit, was a bit of a surprise. The episode featured people engaging in a dolphin-assisted water birthing method, which is said to be very relaxing for the mother and child... even in the middle of the deep ocean. (Aren't babies really slippery when they come out? Especially in water?) As Penn & Teller point out, it's totally unclear as to how the dolphins really help in the birthing process, other than just swimming around. But the dread-locked hippies seen in the clip above firmly believe that the dolphins will come in handy should any complications arise during delivery.
In regards to P&T, while I don't always agree with them, they have as much right to voice opinions and call bullshit as anyone else when they see something that seems off. Do I think they're neutral? No, not at all. Do I find some of their stuff problematically skewed? Yeah.
But if by questioning some of these topics and pointing out issues with them gets people thinking, I'm all for it. They are not responsible for how few people actually choose to educate themselves on these issues.
It's like the Daily Show comparison...the Daily Show is a fictional, fake "news", comedy show. It doesn't have to have the same integrity as CNN. P&T, as magicians and actors, have put together a show called Bullshit that's specifically rooted in debunking whatever topic they pick. But it's primary function is entertainment, not education. It's not like it's on Discovery Channel or Science World or whatever.
My point is that they have a different responsibility to the audience as not-scientists/politicians/scholars. They can give a snarky, skewed opinion. I just wish that they didn't always try to represent it as objective, because it isn't. No one is.