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The producer for the American Heroes Channel’s Codes and Conspiracies told me yesterday that they’re sending a camera crew to interview me next week for what they say will be a documentary looking at the origins of the ancient astronaut theory in Theosophy, Forteana, and post-war UFO culture. Apparently the idea is that AHC offers skeptical, or at least neutral, appraisals of mysteries on shows like this one and Myth Hunters, since it would likely be hard to appeal to a heavily military audience by promoting anti-government conspiracies. This is in contradistinction to its sister stations like the Science Channel, whose Unexplained Files promotes mysteries while pretending to be neutral, and Destination America, whose programs like Unsealed: Alien Files just out and out endorse fringe claims. No one can accuse their corporate parent Discovery Communications of not trying to serve every audience. They now have channels that criticize their other channels’ claims in a closed loop! Of course, AHC also reruns old Discovery mystery-mongering shows, so its hands aren’t entirely clean.
I’ll let you know how it goes if this interview actually comes to pass; I haven’t received any paperwork yet, so I haven’t had a chance to review the terms. The episode will likely air sometime this winter during Codes and Conspiracies’ second season.
The most interesting part of the entire thing is that the producer used to work on Ancient Aliens and the episode writer is also a former scribe for Ancient Aliens. They had a bit of a change of heart after seeing how the show distorts and fabricates.
Speaking of which… Giorgio Tsoukalos’s In Search of Aliens finishes out its season tonight with a search for the Cyclops on the island of Malta. This seems like a good time to note that the H2 series has followed its progenitor (Ancient Aliens) and its model (America Unearthed) in garnering accusations that it has misled the so-called experts who appear on the program. According to The Portugal News Online, Peter Daughtrey, a Portuguese resident and a guest who discussed his claims about Atlantis on the first episode of In Search of Aliens, is the latest interviewee to claim that the H2 network misled him.
The Atlantis episode of In Search of Aliens has not aired in Portugal, and Daughtrey, the author of a fringe book claiming Atlantis was located near Silves in Portugal, only learned about how the program depicted him and his ideas when he received reports from friends living in America.
According to the report, which seems to have been inexpertly translated from Portuguese or else written by a non-native English speaker, Daughtrey admits that the production crew did not inform him that the program would deal with space aliens. He thought it was a serious inquiry into Atlantis until he received reports from America about what ended up on the screen. According to the report:
He was initially approached by the film’s producer earlier this year and asked if he was prepared to be interviewed for a documentary about Atlantis. They had been alerted by one of the many complimentary reviews about the book and a visit to its website. After reading the book, followed by a lengthy phone discussion with Peter, they became very enthusiastic and a nine man film crew flew over from Hollywood at the end of May.
They spent two days filming in Silves and other sites recommended by Peter. Silves was chosen as it matches the elaborate and exceptionally detailed description given by Plato for the ancient small Atlantis capital.
It transpires that this episode is the latest in the channel’s very successful “Ancient Aliens” series, something Peter ruefully admits he was not aware of until the film was aired.
But don’t feel too bad for Daughtrey, who is after all a fringe author of poor-quality claims. He isn’t as innocent as he sounds. In the footage of him that actually aired on In Search of Aliens, Daughtrey is heard discussing with Tsoukalos claims that the “gods” created humanity as a slave race, a Sitchinite talking point that Tsoukalos related to space aliens. The men also speculated whether entwined serpents represented DNA double helixes. I’m also pretty sure that they have the internet in Portugal, and Daughtrey could have looked up Tsoukalos at any point to learn who he is and what he believes.