The steady ratings for Lost Giants must be particularly upsetting to History, which devoted significant resources to promoting the series last week across its media properties, including a heavy rotation of promotional spots during America Unearthed. Ads for the show also chased me around the internet, implying that History is using targeted online advertising as well.
Speaking of advertising, have you seen the commercial for Bongiovi pasta sauce featuring UFO researcher Stanton Friedman? It apes the look of fringe history TV, particularly the tedious “disclosure” news conferences and features Friedman expressing his love for jarred tomato sauce. As the Magonia blog put it, Friedman is certainly enhancing his reputation as a serious researcher.
On the other hand, the fringe usually prefers to try rehabilitating Hitler. The Red Ice Radio Network is probably at the forefront of Nazi apologetics, having given over so much of itself to Nazism, as I previously documented. This has continued unabated. One of its affiliated shows, Radio 3Fourteen, gave air time to Carolyn Yeager to promote Holocaust denial and her belief that the Allies exaggerated the Holocaust to discredit the Nazi economic model. She also advocates racial unity among white people and a revival of European heritage. The main Red Ice Radio program, in turn, has given recent air time to Veronica Clark, a woman who claims that the West has exaggerated Nazi racism and that Nazism is a pan-racial ideology enjoyed by people of every color. She also discussed her belief that Nazism was demonized for taking a stand against a vast conspiracy run by, yes, of course, Freemasons and Jews. The show also had on Arthur Topham, another conspiracy theorist who believes that the Jews are trying to get him. He promotes awareness of what he calls “forced Zionism” and undue Jewish and/or Israeli influence in Europe and North America. According to Red Ice, he’s currently facing trial in Canada for anti-Jewish hate crimes.
And heaven help me if you have six hours to watch this, but the longest of the Hitler apologies, Adolph Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told, which was heavily promoted on Red Ice Radio, is available on YouTube. It is wall-to-wall pro-Nazi propaganda, and rather horrifying in its worship of Hitler.
I mention this because today I’ll be recording an episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show podcast in which I’ll be discussing fringe history and its intersection with race, nationalism, racism, and ethnic heritage. I’ll have more details about when and where you can listen to the show in the coming days.