Desperate J. Hutton Pulitzer Labels Me a "Science Fiction Writer" and Accuses Me of Being Paid to Attack Him
J. Hutton Pulitzer must be getting desperate. He’s started lashing out at anyone and everyone who criticizes him. He says that he sent a letter of complaint to the Canadian Chronicle Herald newspaper that criticized his claims about the alleged “Roman” sword of Oak Island, and in a podcast last night he asked his fans to send hate mail to that newspaper to protest their alleged “bias” against him and his ideas. In so doing, he made a number of false statements about me and Andy White, some of which bordered on the libelous. I will let White speak for himself, but I will take issue with Pulitzer’s assertions about me.
I’m not sure why Pulitzer has decided to start attacking me, but when I tried to use Google to get to his various websites, I think I see one reason: My blog posts about him and his websites come up before his own sites in Google searches for his name and those of his websites. (Your results may vary depending on your search history and Google’s algorithms.) For example, when I lost the link to the podcast, I had the damnedest time trying to use a search engine to call it up again and kept getting results from my own website. There’s a lesson in that for Pulitzer: Try having just one main website and filling it with quality content rather than having dozens of half-assed websites that dilute your impact and make it hard to find where your content is.
But to return to last night’s podcast: It was really something else, a twelve-minute rant in which Pulitzer accused me of being a paid shill, of not being qualified to opine on history, and of costing Nova Scotia “hundreds of millions of dollars” because of my criticism of Pulitzer.
For the record: I have never said that the sword was definitely modern, only that the known evidence strongly implied that it was and that it was incumbent on Pulitzer to provide evidence to overcome the presumption that the sword was either modern or deposited in modern times. Pulitzer, of course, channels his inner Glenn Beck and alleges a vast conspiracy of academics and journalists trying to suppress the “truth” about history.
First, Pulitzer demonstrated that he lacks reading comprehension skills. He mistakenly claims that the Chronicle Herald quoted me as an expert on Oak Island. The newspaper did not quote me at all. It merely mentioned me as someone who has written about the sword issue. Further, Pulitzer falsely claims that I worked with the Canadian reporter on the news story. I have never spoken to the reporter and knew nothing of the story until it was published. Third, Pulitzer alleges that I am paid (by whom he does not say) to criticize him, the History Channel, and Scott Wolter. I have never received payment from anyone for criticism of any of those three things. I have been paid ($250!) to criticize the ancient astronaut theory on the American Heroes Channel, and I made a modest $150 from a handful of paperback copies of my collection of America Unearthed episode reviews I sold. It was not, shall we say, one of my bestsellers. (My anthology Faking History and edition of Frazer on the Great Flood easily outsold it by wide margins.)
Pulitzer repeats throughout the podcast the claim that I am “paid to write hack jobs about history, always about the History Channel, always about the Curse of Oak Island.” That’s a laughable claim, since I actively avoided reviewing the Oak Island series because I thought it was too slow and boring! I cover hundreds of topics per year, and if I focus more on the History Channel than the Travel Channel, National Geographic Channel, Science Channel, or Destination America (all of which I have criticized), it is only because, as the name implies, the History Channel has more pseudo-history on it! At any rate, those posts are dwarfed by my investigations of Victorian claims and their impact on modern fringe history.
Pulitzer says that he is upset that I have written “hundreds of articles” criticizing fringe history in general and Oak Island in particular. But wait: I thought Pulitzer claimed in his previous podcast that he was to be believed because he is the “author of over 300 history and treasure books.” Suddenly volume doesn’t equate to credibility? Consistency is the hobgoblin of mediocre minds, but if my oeuvre is disqualifying, then his is absolutely fatal.
Pulitzer then alleges that I am “actually a science fiction expert who’s written a book about alien gods and stuff like that.” I suppose he didn’t bother to note that I am (among other things) an expert in horror rather than science fiction (they are not the same), that my book on “alien gods” was actually a history of pseudo-archaeology, or, more importantly, that I wrote a professionally published volume on Greco-Roman material, Jason and the Argonauts through the Ages, which, by dint of being a real book about actual Classical material, immediately makes me much more credible on the subject than Pulitzer, who has nothing comparable to show. Later, he revises his claim and says that I am a “science fiction writer,” which is only barely technically true in that I once wrote a single science fiction-themed horror story that was published in a minor anthology called Deep Space Terror in 2010. It’s like saying Pulitzer is “really” an expert in RadioShack investment strategies, since he took millions of dollars of their money that one time and then lost it. The total amount of fiction I’ve ever published totals, I think, around 15,000 words against 500,000 published nonfiction in print and 3 or 4 million online. Even my nonfiction work on the horror genre is at this point perhaps 10-20% of my total output.
Weirdly, Pulitzer then claims that he has no financial stake in the sword story and that the sword will bring “hundreds and hundreds of millions” in tourism dollars to Nova Scotia if only I and Andy White would stop standing in Pulitzer’s way of bringing the province into an economic golden age. So why then is he, who has actively attempted to sell a book called Commodus’ Secret based on this claim, so eager to project financial motives onto me? Did he purposely withdraw his Commodus’ Secret book from pre-order last week specifically so he can claim that he is not trying to make money off of the sword? It’s widely suspected that Pulitzer had hoped to parlay his TREASURE FORCE brand into a reality show when treasure hunting shows were all the rage in 2014 and 2015, and perhaps, now that he has changed his moniker from TREASURE FORCE COMMANDER to “The History Heretic,” we are witnessing another effort at reinvention to try to turn himself into a brand by appealing to a narrower but fringier segment of the audience: Eurocentric hyperdiffusionists rather than cranky old treasure hunters.
Another clue: According to the Chronicle Herald, Pulitzer has now given himself the scientific-sounding title of forensic historian, a clear echo of the title used by America Unearthed host Scott Wolter, forensic geologist.
The thing is that Pulitzer must know the actual facts behind the crazy quilt of half-truths he spouts. But for some reason he seems constitutionally incapable of avoiding hyperbole, whether it’s attacking me for fabricated reasons or falsely declaring that he won the nonexistent Smithsonian Laureate Award for the “Person Most Likely to Change Society as We Know It.” He just can’t help himself but to exaggerate at every turn. On the plus side, that certainly is a qualification for being a reality TV star!
1/16/2016 10:33:21 am
hundreds on millions in tourism dolllars for what now a sword? well in newfoundland where the vikings landed it has created some tourism but not hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars, even IF the sword was real it wouldnt change things like he says in fact he seems to all but dismiss the vikings landing in newfoundland because he keeps talking of columbus, I think hutton is bigtime on the defensive most likely due to his credibility being thrown out the window,but his slandering of the Nova Scotia people, the government here and now the local papers, this fraud has to be stopped, the more I see his spread of BS the moreI think I should make a video discrediting and exposing him, I would have to be careful though as I'm sure he'd try anything to get it taken down
1/17/2016 04:27:52 pm
I wish you would make that video. He'd have to prove what you said wasn't true, and that you posted it out of malice. Thumbs up!
1/16/2016 10:45:42 am
That's all great, but you really should just move on at this point. Be the bigger man for once. These fringe guys make you act fringe. Breaking down the facts about the sword and Pulitzer's history is great, but you should just ignore personal attacks. Just be the bigger man for the first time in your life. You're both acting like little spoiled brats at this point. Let it go. You won already. Fight his personal attacks with a deafening silence.
1/16/2016 10:50:58 am
Hutoon doesnt want personal attacks but at the same time he wants everyone to believe what he has personally found, which doesn't work, without credibility his claims are nothing but hot air, Jason hasn't stated anything other than facts so...
1/16/2016 11:05:51 am
It just comes off as a sound-minded adult having a pissing contest with a mentally-challenged 10 year old, over and over.
1/16/2016 11:19:55 am
The difference, Walt, is that Pulitzer whines in the public press and uses lawyers to try to get his views published. When reporters attempt to report on is claims, it's important that the facts be available in a concise and clear way because, frankly, most will not go beyond a simple Google search.
1/16/2016 12:12:32 pm
I just don't think anybody cares about what he says about you or the newspaper. What he says about the sword is interesting, as is what you (and Andy) say about the sword. But, nobody cares what you say about what he said the newspaper said.
1/16/2016 07:22:14 pm
1/16/2016 11:23:36 am
An expert on Oak Island? I'm not sure I would want to be one. You would be caught in one place, better to look for Bigfoot, an least you would get to travel and spend time freezing your ass off in the forest.
1/16/2016 06:56:51 pm
I hate to see the talent of Pulitzer being wasted by not doing what he's eminently suited for: operating a carnival ring toss con.
1/16/2016 11:32:36 am
"a clear echo of the title concocted by America Unearthed host Scott Wolter, forensic geologist."
1/16/2016 11:46:45 am
Not knowing what the field is, I looked it up.
1/16/2016 12:02:02 pm
There is a field of "forensic geology," but Wolter uses the term as a catch-all for the fact that he testified in court a couple of times, which isn't his day job, his regular profession, or the kind of historical work he asks us to accept under that title. but if it makes you feel better, I'll change the wording.
1/17/2016 04:21:25 pm
I don't feel so targeted, now. Pulitzer threatened to sue me for libel because I quoted what someone said about his gizmo and included one of his own comments in another post. He even emailed me a cut and paste copy of the definition of libel. Was I worried? hahahahaha....inhale.....hahahahahah........hahahahaha and ha!
1/17/2016 01:42:03 pm
When I saw the word "forensic" I immediately thought "Ah, he's trying to be Wolter." I guess if you're bobbing around in the North Atlantic in a life jacket even a sinking ship looks like a way out.
1/16/2016 11:38:55 am
Heh! Nothing so wrong with being accused of writing Science Fiction. To do it at all well you have to have a genuine knowledge of science, but speaking as an SF author, I can say without any hesitation that no one would have to pay me to critique Mister Pulitzer and his claims. Sometimes we write for free.
1/16/2016 12:18:27 pm
So I actually just listened to putzlitzer's podcast and I got quite the laugh, I didn't realize he(we as he always says) was funding the operation now and again he makes excuses for his name change which would really make no sense considering both names were/are publicly known and keeps playing out this conspiracy theory that we are hiding truth when really we are just all to familiar with blow hards with big stories and promises, the laws we have is to protect our shores from people like him coming in and making drastic changes like in the past, I hope that he keeps stirring up the herald making claims against them see how much they start digging up on him
1/16/2016 12:47:13 pm
I just listened to it, though not too carefully. It was sad. I'm moving on.
1/16/2016 01:26:43 pm
Good move. I really enjoy watching idiots argue back and forth in internet forums, but you and Jason take the fun out of it by not being idiots.
1/16/2016 12:26:05 pm
Just seen Pulitzer's books on Amazon
1/16/2016 12:40:24 pm
It's quite likely that he's purposely stoking the fires of controversy in the hope that getting skeptics to attack him will raise his profile as a martyr to fringe history. As it stands, he's near the bottom of the barrel, well below the History Channel regulars and the major fringe history authors.
1/16/2016 06:08:11 pm
Some would say critiquing the bottom of the barrel is a waste of your prodigious talents, dottore, but personally I appreciate your insights into fringe-ology. Plus it's highly entertaining.
1/16/2016 12:59:31 pm
I'm new to the discussion and don't consider myself an expert on Oak Island at all, but I am genuinely perplexed about one thing, Pulitzer's tone which implies "ownership" of the sword discovery.
1/16/2016 02:28:49 pm
It is a sad day when someone like Pulitzer tries to ruin the reputation of a well respected journalist. (Jason/Andy). You speak with facts and conjecture. Pulitzer is getting desperate, he will attack everyone and anyone who defies him, and makes him look bad... His podcasts give me ear bleads and I decided to NOT listen to last nights. Fight him with words and research... I hate that Jason had to "Explain" who he is and reasons behind past writings, Pulitzer should be ashamed of himself, but he's not.
1/16/2016 02:30:29 pm
Jason, thanks for taking one for the team !!!
1/16/2016 03:36:55 pm
Hello from Italy
1/16/2016 08:37:03 pm
Not to defend American snake oil salesmen, edoardo, but the ancient art of snake oil peddling originated in Europe. Speaking of which, have you ever seen maestro Federico Fellini's 1955 film "Il Bidone"? An excellent film about the tawdry world of swindlers. As for America, I recommend Herman Melville's "The Confidence Artist" and most of David Mamet's works.
1/16/2016 08:41:21 pm
Sorry, the title of Melville's book is "The Confidence Man." And aren't most of that sly and brilliant fox Umberto Eco's works about confidence men?
1/16/2016 09:52:47 pm
Over here in the US, we have a famous saying about a bridge, edoardo. The history behind that saying is that there were "enterprising" citizens who sold non-existent shares of the Brooklyn Bridge to gullible immigrants....many of whom were Italian.
1/16/2016 06:39:48 pm
Can't say I'm looking forward to Pulitzer's rumored next project: a ten-part series about his discovery of ancient Etruscan off-shore Cayman Islands tax havens.
1/16/2016 08:10:07 pm
To Pulitzer's crack team of lawyers at Dewey, Cheetham & Howe: note that I said rumored.
1/16/2016 08:31:41 pm
Nyuck. Nyuck. Nyuck.
1/16/2016 08:46:36 pm
Oh, a wise guy, eh? ;-)
1/17/2016 04:12:42 am
Out of interest, where can we access your short story online Jason? Would love to read it.
1/17/2016 06:23:10 am
Unfortunately, it's not online, so far as I know.
1/17/2016 02:47:05 pm
Eh? Is the story in question not "The Writing On the Wall", the second of the two stories on your Free Fiction page?
1/17/2016 04:56:14 am
Wow! I had a listen to the podcast while doing some housework and left it playing for the next two.
1/17/2016 07:48:18 pm
I feel for you! I've been aware like many here and elsewhere of the rampant lunacy in the 'fringe' movement. It is a movement, by definition, sadly, I say. Sadly. But like you I was boggled by the extent to which they have this platform. I'm all about free speech, free internet and the usual, let it fall where it may thinking- because I just assumed in the end we as humans who generally have access to information and facts will skew largely to the real, but the reality is that an supported by said facts. But no. The do not. Sadly the lunacy is normative and the patients seem to be running the asylum. One on one you may win. Check the world population census for today....Good luck with that. I'll donate to your gofundme account. (please read sympathetic sarcasm here.)
1/17/2016 07:51:25 pm
Sorry I got cut off....But I am hopeful for all out there when I read your post. Because you read Jason's and know have some venue and insight. As an intelligent person you are now armored with some facts and information. Thanks for sharing.
1/17/2016 06:10:18 am
Dear Tony the americans believe that the rest of the world is like in the movies and ,not my opinion so please verify my words,mostly of you use as primary source for history and sociology the movies.As usual you think that a fiction is like a real documentary Moreover Italy of 61 years ago is another planet compare with Today. Guys as in Il bidone are only in jokes here actually but in US 2016 They have the names Von Daniken Tsoukalos Pulitzer
An Over-Educated Grunt
1/17/2016 01:38:41 pm
See, on planet Earth there's this thing called "the burden of proof." When you go around saying things like "not my opinion" and "most of you use movies as primary sources," it's not on us to prove you wrong; it's on you to prove those statements are true, especially since, as you say it's not your opinion, you're claiming them as objectively verifiable facts. Until you do that, you're one more ape flinging crap, and it doesn't exactly paint you as enlightened or civilized.
1/17/2016 09:31:16 pm
eduardo, honey, you're an idiot. First off, I'm better aware of the history of my culture than you are; no, this genocide is NOT "not in my memory," "redskins" is a term only racist asswipes and baseball fans use, and it was never one culture stretching from coast to coast but a rich and varied tapestry of peoples with a wide range of abilities, technologies, and attitudes toward ignorant European assholes. And frankly, any comment about how "uncivilized" another nation is just shows how bigoted you are. See, I'm a person who ACTUALLY RESPECTS the cultures of others and bothers to learn about them, so I know that there is NO SUCH THING as uncivilized, because each civilization has its own rules, and it's incumbent on me as a visitor to them to learn how to play by their rules, instead of, you know, deciding that because those rules aren't the ones I grew up with, those people over there are ignorant savages the way YOU clearly have.
1/18/2016 02:54:48 pm
Speaking personally, my ancestors, the Irish, were too busy being oppressed by the British to commit genocide against anyone.
1/17/2016 10:43:32 am
Jason, I have been following your postings for some time now, and have been very pleased to find someone so devoted to honesty, facts and the scientific method as yourself. I enjoy the warm breeze flowing from the holes picked in the various gasbags that are so abundant these days, although the winds are marked by the odour of bull feces. That's ok. I grew up in the country, where my Dad , Ron Blundon was an actual treasure hunter, who with his companions, recovered the some of the cargo of La Chameau, a French Parsnip that foundered off L ouisbourg in 1641. For every hour in the water, many more were spent in research. I doubt that Treasure Force Commander can read very well, let alone do honest research. We Cape Retainers have excellent bullshit detecters, and mine went off at full force just at hearing the gasbag's title. Don't worry about your reputation around here my friend. It is very much intact. As far as Oak Island, I think that it is the work of Pirates, of which these waters were infested in days past. I could be wrong. In fact, I can't be at all certain, as i have no proof.Keep posting.
1/17/2016 02:19:45 pm
That would be a Payship, rather than a winter vegetable. Good for a laugh, anyway...
1/17/2016 03:49:54 pm
Dude, I so had the The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything in my head! Thanks for the unintentional chuckle. ;)
1/19/2016 02:35:34 am
I just assumed it was one of those weird French things, where they get overly metaphorical in naming things. Probably have whole lines of ships named after vegetables, speedy carrots for courier duty, parsnips for plying cargo in the northern seas, exceedingly large coconuts-of-the-line, et al.
1/19/2016 12:59:17 pm
Treasure Force Commander Hutton Pulitzer it is said, has as his Flagship, La Pome du Cheval, sailing on La Mer de Merde.
6/24/2017 09:33:59 am
Haggis, how did your bullshit detector react when your father said he was up the mountain to hunt deer? This is Laddie's son and I believe there may be more to the story. We should talk.
7/5/2017 04:17:38 am
You can find me on facebook Ryan (Laddie's last name) in the same city my father resided in. (I say resided because home to him was CB!) You can also email me at (last name all lowercase)_ryan@hotmail,com. The other option if you're still down there, is you can get my number off Heather, Alvin, Relic, my Aunt Pat, Gordie or any of the old group really! I've been to your family home in DB and was privy to some of his research that outside of your immediate family, I'm certain only a couple of other living people know. I used to believe that not putting fingerprints on that nickel signal cannon was a good demonstration of self restraint, but your family turning the cheek to naysayers and doubters is the F%$kin textbook definition!
7/6/2017 06:33:06 pm
Ryan, Which Mountain? He hunted several. Also, since you know me, I am his first son.My address is my first name, short version, then .firstname.lastname@example.org. You have picqued my curiosity, but I am careful. Friend or Foe? My Dad had both.
1/17/2016 01:39:17 pm
Yesterday, JHP posted on the official FB page for C.O.O.I. the following, with a photos of the sword and O.I.:
1/17/2016 05:04:14 pm
he pretty much said in his podcast that the "community college" (didnt know a world recognized university was a community college?)person who tested it didnt know what they are looking at, he also keeps saying the canadian government this and that when its the nova scotia government, he thinks frank magazine... a tabloid is a source for truth, he really needs to stop slandering the people, government and media of Nova Scotia as well as others like jason
1/20/2016 02:41:24 am
"Parson, but is this the SAME Canadian Govt that according to JHP had been hiding the truth from us?" Well, yes. But, then, one man's cover-up is another man's loincloth. Or something.
1/17/2016 08:39:55 pm
Provincial Govt, I am corrected (The Canadian Govt is still part of the cabal).
1/18/2016 11:26:00 am
Not sure about the actual print edition, but the online article labels you as a 'New York state science writer', not science fiction writer...
1/18/2016 03:07:31 pm
Jason. First of all, I only discovered your blog when my bs meter went def con one the second I found out about the "sword" on Oak Island. I wish I would have found it sooner. I am a sucker for this stuff not because I believe it but shows like Finding Bigfoot and Ancient Aliens should be the true nominees for best comedy on tv. I watched Oak Island because I saw it as a show about two brothers just wanting to find something...something on Oak Island. They've been intrigued by finding treasure since they were little boys. It is sad that the History Channel has perverted their adventure into rediculousness by dragging in people like JHP and providing voice over from the Ancient Aliens guy. Pseudoscience and hypothetical histories are not fact and there should be disclaimers on the show saying so after every commercial break. Is the History Channel really supporting the theories that the Mayans built temples in Georgia? The football team aren't the only Vikings to have existed in Minnesota? That Romans, Vikings, Knights Templar, and pirates all buried treasures on Oak Island? Thank goodness there are voices of reason out there to tackle these issues because most historians would roll their eyes at this stuff. Neil deGrasse Tyson could shred Ancient Aliens but doesn't...but someone has to do it. So thanks, Jason. You have the right to defend yourself against attacks because you must have really hit a nerve to set him off like that. Facts can do that to people who aren't so fond of using them.
1/19/2016 12:47:38 am
Why do these fringe people like Pulitzer consider JC a threat? It doesn't make sense. It's not a threat. They should just stop harassing people and go back to making up fake stories about artifacts.
1/19/2016 02:54:33 am
I'm sure I'm not alone in finding JHP's "Treasure Force(tm) Commander" aggrandizement an echo of LRH's SEA Org pseudo navy puffery? Or would that be fluffery?
1/19/2016 12:09:50 pm
One correction: the "ad" on top of the podcast website claims the paper's reporting will cost the area "Hundered of Millions" - pointing out the typos and grammar mistakes on JHP's sites is like shooting fish in a barrel, but since he chose "Pulitzer" as his professional name ...
1/22/2016 08:23:02 pm
Commodus Secret? Here is my best guess about slipshod historicism and Orientalism. Julius Evola was published in English for the first time in the early part of this century - Evola as Jason may note, was Italian with ideological ties to Hinduism. Romney pops up in a State known for liberal politics with a history of liberal voting for the last century and notably, the Kennedy's. Meanwhile in academia and science predating these events by at least ten to fifteen years, there was a rejection of both Freud and Jung and in the early 90's this rejection had been accompanied by voiced criticism of "The French" Nietzsche. All of this high brow intellectualism supposedly lent itself to the government response and failure to respond prior to September 11th 2001 and after. So many needles in haystacks and not enough 'evidenced based" researchers as Jason will no doubt recall? That question not withstanding this commentators information at the time but gathered remnants today seem to have been well placed to indicate, (ahem) as long as 'conspiracy' REMAINS a target, no one need look at researchers or axiology while an economic tsunami called the Perfect Storm took shape. Eugenics and Religion/Minority Rights continue make better targets than Health Care post Romney's utilization of the State's traditional role as a testing ground for national policy. Meanwhile, The Annales School as affiliated with The Continent is reduced to Historical Determinism from which Islamic immigration will not allow it to escape as the theory goes. A new untested President comes along who's background colludes via axiology with legacy of America's First Black President Mr. Clinton while SUPPOSEDLY (rightly or wrongly) INVERTING that pristine Mormon historiography that purports to do double duty for The Blood Royal and Camilla Parker Bowles gets married! While this is a slip shod hack job off the top of my head, why shouldn't a ten penny novel be for sale? Why not attack tabloids instead? Aren't corporations people too?
7/5/2017 04:36:06 am
1000 years from now, someone might discover a 1600 year old genuine samurai sword within the North American continent. I hope their first professional instinct isn't to immediately claim Samurai were present in North America in the 1400's cause you know, there is that possibility that sword was brought there in the mid 1940's..................
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