BREAKING NEWS: Scott Wolter and J. Hutton Pulitzer Join Forces to Launch New Multimedia Company
There is breaking news from the world of fringe history. Earlier today onetime CueCat inventor J. Hutton Pulitzer announced that his “Investigating History” branded media products were joining forces with forensic geologist Scott Wolter of the recently cancelled America Unearthed and Pirate History of the Knights Templar television series for an online multimedia venture called XpLrR, according to a badly written press release Pulitzer posted to his blog this morning. It seems that Pulitzer pulled the switch a little early on announcing a venture that isn’t really up and running.
Pulitzer alleged that the “historic merger” between two diffusionist pseudohistory investigators occurred due to the discovery of unnamed “tombs” in North America that the two allege will rewrite history.
Wolter claimed that XpLrR is needed because archaeologists refuse to embrace scientific technology and are too wedded to orthodoxy.
Problem is the academic community has been slow to embrace rapidly changing scientific technologies, and resistant to new theories and ideas about history, even combative at times. The recorded history of mankind is now in direct conflict with what the mountain of new facts being recorded thanks to these scientific advances.
Wolter and Pulitzer plan to bypass cable TV (which they deride as too influenced by reality shows) and produce video content for streaming through online and on demand platforms like Apple TV. Pulitzer alleges that content will also be available on PBS, but there is no confirmation of that from PBS, which did not participate in the press release. Perhaps this means that they plan to offer their content for broadcast on individual PBS stations. Pulitzer claims that he and Wolter will produce “four spin off network TV series,” which seems both optimistic and wrong. I assume by “network” he actually means “cable” since broadcast TV networks do not currently air any pseudohistory programming, let alone four series.
The new joint venture appears to be as slapped together as the pair’s hypotheses about history, and it seems that they have not done the research to secure the rights to their own company name. As of this writing, Wolter and Pulitzer have not trademarked the XpLrR name, and I’d be interested to hear from National Geographic, owner of the trademark on the word Explorer for multimedia products for their 31-year-old documentary series, if they will allow the pair to use name unchallenged. Similarly, the XPLRR name is owned by an Atlanta-based geolocation app, as is the xplrr.com website. He had to settle for https://xplrr.tv/, which has no content and only a basic template design, with a photo taken, seemingly without permission, from National Geographic.
Another example of the lack of care that went into the announcement: As of this writing, the Twitter hashtags #GoXplrr and #WolterPulitzer meant to direct readers to the new venture return no results. Further, Pulitzer’s press release is badly written, full of errors, and fails to conform to standard press release format. (I say this as a trained communications specialist who has written his share of press releases.) He also chose to release the information late on Friday morning, a historically dead time for garnering any sort of attention for the venture since most publications (mine included) that would have covered such a story have already finalized their material for the weekend.
The only positive from the announcement is that the two seem to have finally taken my advice that audiences would benefit from having richer digital content, including access to primary sources, to support each episode of any new series. They plan to offer such content on digital platforms. After all, if I can do it in the hour it takes to watch one of these shows, surely our heroes, with their new company and a TV production staff, can manage to do the same amount of work with several months’ lead time.
Pulitzer declined to provide details on any of the new company’s upcoming products, or to elaborate on the “tombs” they plan to investigate. Under U.S. law, it is typically illegal to disturb graves, so it will be interesting to see how they will “explore” such tombs legally.
5/20/2016 02:47:14 pm
Odds this is the first Scott Wolter's hearing about it, too?
5/20/2016 10:57:01 pm
Colavito's tweet - Jason Colavito @JasonColavito 8h8 hours ago
5/20/2016 10:58:48 pm
Over to you princess Only Me. Time to leap to Jason's defense.
5/20/2016 11:09:18 pm
Don't have to.
5/21/2016 12:55:38 pm
Wondered what had happened to you. I mean, were you being treated for this unnatural and apparently sexual to Scott Wolter?
5/21/2016 07:48:44 pm
Write much, Clete?
5/30/2016 09:45:58 pm
Caught me at a bad time and I didn't proof read prior to submitting. I still think you spend a vast amount of your time with your hand down your pants masturbating to pictures of Scott Wolter.
5/22/2016 06:47:33 am
Good chance this is the first time Wolter's heard about it, Clint.
5/22/2016 12:34:54 pm
"Is Wolter really involved with this"? Yes. I wasted 20 precious minutes of my time listening to this Soundcloud love fest between the two of them. https://twitter.com/GoXplrr/status/733740351601704961?s=04
5/20/2016 03:11:27 pm
They will probably take a page from Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman in "Young Frankenstein". They will go out at night and rob a grave. Just hope it doesn't rain.
5/20/2016 03:30:03 pm
"It seems that Pulitzer pulled the switch a little early on announcing a venture that isn’t really up and running."
5/20/2016 03:51:44 pm
Oh, come on... there are lots of tombs in North America. Mausoleums, crypts, and sepulchers all count as tombs and there are countless number of those. Of course, it's not hard to identify the people laid to rest in most of them. Usually the names are literally carved in stone... but when has that stopped Wolter from declaring this, that, or the other nonsense.
5/20/2016 04:19:08 pm
I know. But when it comes to these two, "tombs" carries a different connotation. Pulitzer will see Romans while Wolter will try to integrate this into his Templar-Holy Bloodline-Talpiot Tomb-Freemason story.
5/21/2016 02:39:23 am
Two nitwits. Each one sees himself as an alpha male. What could possibly go wrong? ;)
5/20/2016 03:43:11 pm
hutoon is up to his ole hand is quicker than the eye sly move again. His puesuedo historical movements of let get the troops together so we can change what history has hidden and stolen from is becomes almost amazing, I said almost. I'm just trying to wrap my brain around why Wolter would want to team up with hutoon? I agree with the can two wrongs make a right. Obviously not. Great article Jason as always, stay on top of this story, I'd like to see where this is actually going.
5/20/2016 04:36:15 pm
Our friend adopted the name 'Pulitzer' for a reason - to cover for his lack of literary prowess. Sort of like why wimpy urban cowboys drive around in the biggest pickup truck available. Its all about compensation (in more ways than one).
Gina M Torresso
5/20/2016 05:08:07 pm
Jason that was quick thanks for the insight in what we were to expect at tomorrow's "announcement"...
Randal W Taylor
5/20/2016 05:23:23 pm
If Wolter did team up with that human prolapse I'll never watch his stuff again.
5/20/2016 05:48:40 pm
Jason, I believe the "PBS" referenced in the press release is not the Public Broadcasting System, but the soon to be launched 'Pulitzer Broadcasting System' (or perhaps 'Pulitzer BS Service'?)
5/20/2016 10:32:56 pm
You beat me too that one. Drat
5/20/2016 07:00:23 pm
The forces of pseudo science are amassing. The war over world history has begun.
5/20/2016 09:44:47 pm
It saddens me greatly to see Scott team up with this goof ball Hutton. How can anyone take him serious after his fake Oak Island Roman Sword? Scott, if you see this please rethink what you are doing. Save your reputation while you still can.
5/20/2016 10:14:12 pm
Scott Wolter doesn't really have much of a reputation to salvage.
5/21/2016 11:42:30 am
Sorry Phantom, but these two are made for each other. Both charlatans. Both unqualified to venture into the fields they muddle. Both falsifiers of fact, history and science.
5/20/2016 10:00:14 pm
5/20/2016 11:13:12 pm
I am curious what Janet Wolter and Alan Butler have to say about this alliance with the wild-eyed Pulitzer. They have their own brand to protect, perhaps some wagons to unhitch.
5/21/2016 05:27:22 am
Wow, I notice that the X in XplrR is a hooked X and the R has a dot - clearly Wolter. Does the plr then stand for Pulitzer? Awesome!
5/21/2016 03:33:38 pm
" that the two allege will rewrite history."
5/21/2016 08:56:43 am
I love that the URL is xplrr.tv, yet the banner on the homepage says 'xplrr.org'
5/21/2016 01:04:18 pm
They're trying to escape from reality TV? That has to be ironic. The title of their 'show' will also likely get them sued by major news outlets. But not to worry, their urls are broken. They can make money charging to watch their videos, well no. Only they will watch. Also if they use anything copyrighted from the actual History channel, they could also be sued. It really is a conspiracy of intense pointlessness.
5/21/2016 04:32:20 pm
One needs some basic communication skills, weuting, production and marketing skills to get an online channel going Even Giorgio is an expert compared to these guys
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