America Unearthed host Scott Wolter has started a blog to help correct the record about his investigations and beliefs. Called Scott Wolter Answers, the blog aims to provide a forum where fans of America Unearthed can interact in a way that uses “my own name to help get Google hits.” The blog is linked to his Google+ account and was promoted by Steve St. Clair, so it appears to be legitimate. According to Wolter, “There are certainly enough other bloggers out there hoping to sway opinion about me, my work and the show. It’s time Scott Wolter represented himself.” (He writes in a mixture of first and third person.)
I did a Google search to check this assertion, and apparently those other bloggers are me and … a few random sentences here and there. So, I guess it’s just me.
I call your attention to this blog because I strive, as always, to offer as complete a picture of the stories I discuss as I possibly can. Wolter invites “fans” to comment on the show and his work, and he asks that anyone who does post a comment or a question refrain from “negativity” and personal attacks. Wolter says that he will not publish any negative comments. He also requests that any questions that challenge him should include “evidence or factual support.” As of this writing in the early afternoon of December 19, Wolter’s blog has received one comment after nineteen days of operation. I am linking to it to help publicize his side of the story.
However, Wolter apparently is not interested in the views of non-fans: “You are certainly welcome to not like the show or Scott Wolter, that is certainly your right,” Wolter writes. “Just do us all a favor and tell someone else who might want to hear your opinion.”
I ask that any readers who visit Wolter’s blog after reading this please honor his request and ask only factual, specific questions about his historical claims. No personal attacks, please. Examples might be something like:
And because I am a nice guy, I’ll even put in a plug for the Duluth Trading Company, the manufacturer of Scott Wolter’s Bulldozer Backpack. They have just published Scott Wolter’s celebrity endorsement of their product:
“My Duluth Trading Company Bulldozer Backpack has truly become one of my favorite travel accessories. It has been extremely durable over the course of two seasons of both filming and globetrotting,” says Wolter. “I’ve had many backpacks in the past and the others would be in tatters by now. It’s really comfortable to wear – I’ve had up to 50 pounds of books, my computer, my rock hammer, rock samples, etc. and it hangs in there just great. The zippers are still perfect and there are no tears or seams starting to come apart. I love my Bulldozer Backpack and can’t wait to bring it along on more adventures.”
Granted, it’s not quite up there with Destination Truth host Josh Gates’ endorsement of hamburger-shaped earmuffs, but I’m willing to believe that Duluth makes a sturdy backpack. Plus, Wolter offered less product placement that Gates’ similar backpack expose. That said, while I’ve also criticized Gates for some overly-credulous investigations, he is among the illustrious few TV fringe show figures who is self-deprecating, a pleasure to watch, and has not tried to sue me for criticizing him (I’m looking at you Scott Wolter, Jason Martell, Alan Bulter, etc.). Naturally, Syfy has no plans to make more Destination Truth but instead has a new show where ghost hunters try to communicate with the ghosts of famous murderers of history.
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