|The FBI's cleaned-up copy of the "Call me God" Death card, the most famous Tarot card in history.|
The MSM anointed the shooter(s) The Tarot Card Killer. And, needless to say, the Tarot industry went nuts, trying to figure out how to spin their way out of that disaster. Eventually, it came down to just plain lying, as it often does in Tarot, and in life.
This article, The "Death" of Tarot, was originally written in 2003, and includes interviews with key players, like Stuart R. Kaplan. I have also updated the material and added some more commentary for this republication on my new site.
As noted in the article, the perspective of a decade has not made our situation, respecting media performance, or the Tarot guardians, any better.
Whereas the Medians merely wanted some quotations from alleged experts and didn't care a damn about the truth, the Tarot representatives wanted a combination of deflecting criticism, and maybe the chance to spin up some new customers, AND they didn't care a damn about the truth either.
Things have only changed since 2002 in the sense they have gotten worse, and worse faster and more all the time.