After White made the announcement on his blog, Wolter and his XpLrR business partner J. Hutton Pulitzer attempted to explain the decision by … well, blaming me. Wolter, on his blog, asserted that he did not want to be in any club that would have me as a member: “Any association with the debunker is an instant deal-killer that can only hurt one’s reputation in this arena by any kind of association,” he wrote, clearly unconcerned by his own “association” with former American Nazi leader and convicted pedophile Frank Joseph, with whom he car pooled to fringe history events, and with whom he is scheduled to appear at an upcoming event this fall. I, by this measure, am more horrifying than Nazis and child molesters.
Wolter’s comments, though, were decidedly staid compared to those of Pulitzer, who delivered a long and angry rant in comments left on White’s blog in which he accused White and me of engaging in a conspiracy to ambush and humiliate Wolter, which somehow involves computer servers:
Simpler put, seems you had a choice- Scott and his huge fan base and media base, or Colavito. You chose Colavito. Thus, the real story is Scott would not subject himself to the attack of a sci-fi writer who continually and abusively attacks Scott. It would be a volatile and contentious time to say the least and no one would benefit or learn. Thus, to your fans- Andy made the choice for Scott, not the other way around. As always facts matter and I am answering for me, my view and not Scott, I will leave that to him. But, as one always knows we (Scott and I) put out a significant information and education and one can expect an expanded KRS series very soon. BTW, us on the other-side of this history biz should have a working relationship with your side, but that cannot happen when it is attacked based and volatile. If it was polite and ethical than many could learn from each side, but as long as negative and attacking (or as long as your blog and servers are tied to Jason's rack space) then it is hard to achieve.
After Pulitzer was informed that he had everything wrong, and that there was no ambush planned and that Wolter and I would not be appearing at the same time, Pulitzer doubled down:
The premise is simple. Scott will NOT participate if Colavito participates. That is the non starter. […] Scott should share the platform with peers not a sci fi writer blogger. […] Tone is everything. Using terms like fringe and pseudo scientist is a label in the most negative sense, a negative label and Scott's 31 years as a forensic scientists is not fringe nor pseudo. Maybe get an authentic panel trying to find common ground, versus a bait and attack approach? You are who you associate with and in this case you associate with Scott's number one intentional detractor.
The claim that Wolter can only be judged by his peers is the funniest of all. This is how I replied to Pulitzer:
Hutton, you and Scott need to have the courage of your convictions and speak to me directly if you have a problem with me. If you recall, I spoke directly with you by phone for several hours the last time you became upset with me. Had you done so, you would have learned that I am not participating in an event with Scott and was never asked to do so. I was asked to speak on a different day (in a different month, I believe) on a different topic, about Atlantis.
There is no debate that Andy was trying to secretly ambush Scott into having. Canceling on Andy, who was doing his best to fairly present multiple points of view, was ungentlemanly and to accuse him of a conspiracy is shameful. To declare that you wish Andy to censor particular viewpoints to favor your own simply proves that you lack the fortitude to face even the most cursory challenge.
You say that "tone is everything," and yet you devote so very much space in your answer to deriding me as a "sci-fi writer," despite my being no such thing. (I published a handful of short stories, most in 2011-2013, of which I was paid for, I believe, two, and all the fiction I've ever published would barely equal a week's blog posts.)
When you say Scott should "share the platform with peers," please do enlighten us on what his peer would be. I hold a bachelor's degree in anthropology, just as his only degree is a bachelor's in earth science. He self-published a few books, and I published several with serious publishers. He had a TV show, and I appeared on a cable TV show. He conducted geological research into fringe history, and I have produced a greater volume of historiographic research into fringe topics than virtually anyone in the field, including original translations, documentary research, etc.
Your petty insults detract from what Andy was hoping to do, and I am deeply sorry that your ignorance has cost him the opportunity to give his students the chance to hear directly from people on all sides of the issue.