Since losing his Travel Channel TV series, former America Unearthed host has been on a downward slide into the depths of conspiracy culture in search of revelation and relevance. Because he no longer has a media platform, I haven’t been covering his antics as much as in the past, but because he is a former three-time cable TV show host and likely to return to TV in some capacity in the future as the demand for filler content grows among streaming services, it’s worth noting some of the extremes Wolter embraced in his latest podcast interview.
Speaking last week to the Podzilla 1985 podcast, Wolter came out as an ancient astronaut theorist, asserting for the first time to my knowledge that he believes aliens created humanity.
Wolter further asserted that a “shadow branch” of the federal government is in contact with him in order to use him for UFO Disclosure, a process he alleges is being hampered by the Catholic Church—an organization that holds no political authority within the United States. (This, he says, has something to do with controlling historical narratives and preventing the “truth” about the Templars from destroying the Columbus myth.) According to Wolter, the U.S. government has “treaties” with space aliens, and the aliens are strongly opposed to nuclear weapons, climate change, and racism. The woke aliens will not allow humanity to use nukes, and he alleges that aliens have intervened in human history several times to prevent the deployment of nuclear warheads. Nevertheless, he also believes that the aliens have informed us that they will not intervene to stop the destruction of the Earth through climate change.
As a big fan of Star Trek, Wolter has come to believe that Gene Roddenberry was part of the team involved with managing humanity’s knowledge of space alien contact. This appear to refer to the time that Roddenberry was said to have attended a supposed psychic communication with space aliens.
Wolter adds that he has come to believe in and endorse Steven Greer’s CE5 fantasies about using psychic powers to contact space aliens, and he had his entire family join together to try to reach the aliens with the power of their minds. Make your own jokes about a lack of brain power after the effort failed.
It’s hardly worth kicking a man when he’s down to critique his many and varied claims—or his recitation of his usual litany of allegations about Templars and Holy Bloodlines and Sinclair descendants, repeated again in this interview. Instead, I will simply observe that as Wolter’s star has dimmed, he has accepted a growing number of extreme claims he had previously held at arm’s length and has become ever more enmeshed in the ancient astronaut and UFO world that currently dominates the pseudohistory field.
It is, after all, no wonder: Just from a practical point of view, the money is in aliens. Ancient Aliens can still command a million viewers, and UFO specials do similar business on network and cable TV. Pseudohistory shows, however, are tanking. Ratings for Hunting Atlantis were disappointing. Only 650,000 people watch live or same day, with just 110,000 in the all-important 18-49 demographic. Across cable, paranormal and alien shows do significantly better than fake history, which is probably why Discovery has an entire division devoted to paranormal and alien programming, but no dedicated division for Atlantis and its rivals.
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