Harold Camping isn’t the issue. He’s just another kook on the street. It’s the fact that this became a media event that’s the issue. Why do I even know who this nobody is? Why did the press build this up when it wasn’t a story in the first place.
He’s in charge of a radio network that has 66 stations, he’s not exactly and has the ability to make a pretty big media event all by himself. Then people start liquidating their life saving to spread his message even farther and you have a legitimate media event to cover.
They have an unexplained spiritual hunger.
Sure; the 'press' was using this story to MOCK Christianity, but I can almost guarantee you that folks who had NO interest at all in the subject will be curiously drawn to the Bible.