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Million-dollar Scott Watson doco "not credible"

Shock poll shows million-dollar Scott Watson doco "not credible"

A new poll shows this week's TV documentary "Doubt: the Scott Watson Case" has taken a shock credibility hit from a movie length video by Ian Wishart responding to it, with a massive slide in belief in Watson's innocence after viewers had watched both videos.

The new video has been posted online for free viewing at

Six hundred people registered to watch Wishart present evidence that wasn't covered in the TV docudrama "Doubt". The poll shows 80.4% of those who attended had watched the docudrama, and of those 29.7% came away from "Doubt" last Sunday thinking Watson was innocent compared with 27% who felt he was guilty and a massive 37.8% who said they still were not sure one way or the other.

Wishart, who criticised "Doubt" as unbalanced "smoke and mirrors TV" that had failed to address the evidence of Watson's guilt, offered up his own 102 minute video presentation in response to the taxpayer-funded million dollar TV1 show.

The poll results are damning, he says:

"Of the Doubt viewers who came into my webinar video all thinking Watson was hour and a half later nearly 82% of them were now satisfied he was guilty. That tells me that when flash goes head to head with substance, substance wins."

Compared with their beliefs after watching the TV show, a participant survey taken after the screening of Wishart's webinar "Doubt?" with a questionmark shows the TV viewers now overwhelmingly believe Watson is guilty, with 83.8% of Doubt viewers choosing "guilty" compared with only 27% before they watched the webinar. The massive "not sure" vote slumped from 37.8% to 16.2%, and - most incredibly of all - the 29.7% belief in Watson's innocence disappeared totally, to zero.

"82% of Doubt viewers proclaiming Watson's innocence switched their verdict to guilty as a result of watching the webinar, and none of those surveyed were now prepared to say he was innocent," Wishart said. "That's what happens when you give people real evidence to chew on."

The outspoken investigative journalist has written three of the six books published on the case, and created national headlines earlier this year when his book "Elementary" revealed he'd abandoned his own belief in Watson's innocence after obtaining the actual police witness statements about the movements of Watson and the so-called mystery man.

"Watson and the mystery man are one and the same, the "Doubt?" webinar has the photos and statements that prove it, and you could literally feel the audience's jaws drop when the evidence was presented on screen.

"That's why I was so disappointed in the TV docudrama. Scott Watson's actor looked nothing like Watson did on the night, and the mystery man they portrayed looked nothing like the actual eyewitness accounts, so Chris Gallavin's show was dishonest in my view."

Overall, 89.1% of all surveyed after Wednesday night's webinar said Watson was guilty, compared with only 28.3% who believed he was guilty before watching the webinar.

Wishart is making the video recording of his webinar free to watch online.

"People who think Watson is innocent because of the TV programme should watch the other side of the story and then they'll be in a better position to judge," he said.

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