On Twitter, Giorgio Tsoukalos denied one of the key arguments he pretended to make on In Search of Aliens on Friday. During the episode, he suggested that Cyclopes were the same as Giants, and that the Giants were the Nephilim, the offspring of Fallen Angels and human women. On Twitter, Tsoukalos unintentionally revealed that his show is a bunch of hokum when he stated that he “personally” doesn’t buy into the argument he himself made:
Tsoukalos also expressed his belief that Cyclopes were misunderstood fossil elephant skulls, as Othenio Abel proposed in 1914 (albeit without evidence)—an argument never presented on In Search of Aliens:
That’s why ancient astronaut theorists always use so many qualifiers—they don’t even believe the crap they expect their audience to buy into!
It’s refreshing, therefore, when a TV personality has something direct to say about aliens without the qualifiers and backtracking, even if that personality is just a reality TV star who doesn’t seem to really have any idea what he’s saying.
The British reality soap opera The Only Way Is Essex made what I gather is something of a star out of cast member Joey Essex, who received a spin off series, Educating Joey Essex, which airs on ITV2. In last week’s episode of the series, the reality star, who also did stints on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here and Splash, traveled to Nevada to search for space aliens at Area 51. He also spoke with a woman named Tina Marie who claims to be an alien abductee. In an interview with STV, Essex was asked whether he encountered some actual extraterrestrials during his trip: “I think so. Basically aliens looks like us humans, they just don’t have blood.” That’s a new one on me.
What isn’t new is Mike Bara’s offensive and insulting blog posts, which reach new depths of odiousness whenever I think that the ancient astronaut theorist and television personality has hit rock bottom. I would like to know how it is that H2 allows the man on the air on Ancient Aliens and Discovery Communications made him the star of the Science Channel’s Uncovering Aliens when the man writes things like this for public consumption:
For some reason last week, Phil "Dr. Phil" Plait, that grotesque little toad of a man, decided to bring up theFace on Mars in his blog on Slate.com. As we all know, Slate is popular destination for political liberals, who love it for it's [sic] dysentery-like stream of attacks on anyone who believes in God or actually seeks the truth, as opposed to groveling at the altar of scientific materialism.
Note: Plait’s blog post was actually a brief promotional piece directing readers to a Slate video about the Face on Mars produced independently of Plait. Bara seems not to understand this.
Bara tries to defend the reality of the Face on Mars by arguing that it is half human and half feline, and that it also is an exact visual double for the ruins of a collapsed sports arena.
When media personalities in fields other than fringe conspiracies say things like this, their networks either fire them or demand apologies and sensitivity training. Yet somehow fringe studies exempts individuals from having a modicum of politeness or professional decency. Compare, for example, the outrage even at Fox News when then-Fox employee Glenn Beck accused Barack Obama of being an anti-white racist with the silence that met Jim Marrs’s assertion last year that the president is planning a Russian-led military coup followed by genocide. Marrs, a frequent cable TV guest, is published by HarperCollins, which was owned by News Corp. (now owned by the new and legally distinct News Corp.), the then-parent of Fox News (now owned by 21st Century Fox).
Mike Bara, intemperate and egotistical, acts more like an Ann Coulter-like agent provocateur than the seeker of “the truth” he pretends to be on television, where editors can excise his offensive remarks. I can’t see how it does any good to either H2 or Science to have their “stars” acting like teen cyberbullies, but it’s their choice. Giorgio Tsoukalos mostly learned his lesson, and as his star rose he largely purged his Twitter feed of his frequently obnoxious, insulting, and vulgar attacks on his critics. Though not entirely:
Remember: With the ancient astronaut theory, it’s all about quantity, not quality.
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