Wednesday Roundup: History Channel "Investigating" "Earhart" Photo; Plus: Gaia Claims New Alien Mummies and Marzulli Claims Demons Pretend to Be the Virgin Mary
According to a new poll from Pew Research, a clear majority of Republicans, 58%, now view higher education as bad for America. While the poll did not distinguish between Republicans who view education itself as bad and those who are angry at colleges and universities for being too “liberal” and therefore bad, the results are overall disturbing for anyone who cares about education and scholarship.
Perhaps this is one reason why the History Channel doesn’t even pretend to do real research anymore. On Sunday, History tried to pass off a blurry photograph of a person’s back, with no face visible, as a picture of Amelia Earhart taken after her 1937 disappearance. As was widely reported yesterday, a blogger quickly discovered that the photograph was published in a Japanese book 1935. This failure to do a basic literature review or consult with relevant experts on a subject is part and parcel of History’s slipshod approach to history. Earlier this year, its show Hunting Hitler produced a similar boner when its facial recognition “expert” wrongly identified a photograph of Three Stooges member Moe Howard, who was Jewish, as one of genocidal Anti-Semitic tyrant Adolf Hitler twenty years after he allegedly faked his death. History covered that one up, by editing it out of future broadcasts, but the Earhart mistake can’t be covered up as easily. History says it is “aware” of the reports and is “investigating.”
“We will be transparent in our findings,” a press statement from History said on Tuesday. “Ultimately historical accuracy is most important to us and our viewers.” Those viewers laughed heartily when the Ancient Aliens and Hunting Hitler broadcaster pretended to care about historical accuracy for any other reason besides being caught promoting false claims about a subject the mainstream media care about, unlike space aliens.
NBC News, which partnered with History to promote the Earhart story last week, reported the facts on the Today show this morning and online, but did not apologize for its role in promoting a story that they did virtually nothing to investigate or confirm before spilling across multiple broadcasts. NBC cast the controversy as entirely the fault of History, as though they bore no responsibility for verifying material they put out on the air to a national TV audience.
Meanwhile History’s online frenemy Gaia, which employs many Ancient Aliens talking heads as hosts and actively promotes itself as an unofficial spinoff of the History series, is now claiming that there are “multiple” alien bodies in Peru and claims that it will show viewers these bodies for a fee. You know: Science! But seriously: The patent absurdity of multiple extraterrestrial “mummies” emerging simultaneously and known only to profiteers from a subscription New Age service ought to make us very suspicious, particularly when the first alien “mummy,” revealed a few weeks ago, has been roundly debunked.
If that weren’t enough, Nephilim theorist L. A. Marzulli has found a new way to express his Protestant hatred of Catholics without coming right out and standing up against a fellow Christian group. As part of his ongoing embrace of ufology as a way of Christianizing the occult, Marzulli announced on his blog his belief that the vision of the Virgin Mary at Fatima in 1917 was neither a mass hallucination as skeptics believe nor a genuine appearance of the Virgin as Catholics maintain. Instead, he alleges, following midcentury ufologists, that the vision was actually of a flying saucer and its occupants. He differs, however, from his secular counterparts in declaring that the space aliens behind the vision were actually demons impersonating the Virgin Mary. His evidence? Among other things, the fact that “Mary” was wearing a skirt that exposed not just her ankles but also part of her legs below the knees—“something not even prostitutes of the time were seen in.” Consider the implications for Marzulli’s view of paradise: Apparently, there is a dress code in heaven, and it is not particularly forgiving for women. Burqas for eternity!
Marzulli’s discussion of Fatima comes in connection with a new video, titled Fatima, that Marzulli is hoping to sell to his audience for $15.
For Marzulli, the fake “Mary” had the appearance of a whore (with exposed ankles!) and acted with the intent to deceive because she’s really a slutty alien/demon. To that end, Marzulli tries to establish that common beliefs about Mary are false in order to show that visions incorporating them must be satanic He specifically claims to oppose all of the Catholic teachings on Mary based on biblical literalism: “There is no mention of her being without sin, having an immaculate heart, being a perpetual virgin or being a go-between from us to Jesus. All of these dynamics were added over the centuries. I’ll state it again here that I have the highest respect and admiration for Mary but she’s not the queen of heaven.”
While officially Marzulli’s logic is intended to demonstrate the demons are trying to deceive humanity, the undercurrent is especially clear: Catholics aren’t just theologically wrong but are actually acting under the sway of Satan, and only evangelical Christianity has the purity to see Christ’s truth.
7/12/2017 11:05:34 am
The sad thing is the ratings are in and the job is done. However to those who've already given up on the History Channel as being a credible source for history, NBC now shares in that channel's illegitimacy having displayed a zeal for ratings over truth. Which actually shouldn't surprise anyone.
7/12/2017 11:47:17 am
When your entire channel devotes itself to National Inquirer type of reporting you are going to get the type of shows like "Hunting Hitler " and the current flap about Amelia Earhart. I watched a portion of the special about Amelia Earhart and was not surprised about how poorly researched it was. The host flew around the world, breathlessly talking to "experts" and "eye witnesses". The experts did not know what they were talking about and had little real credentials or knowledge of the subject. The eye witnesses were relatives of Marshal Islanders who related what they had been told fifty, sixty years before, so their information was, as best, hearsay.
7/12/2017 12:36:55 pm
History Channel is "investigating", which means they'll wait until this flap blows over. They'll air the documentary again without the fanfare.
7/12/2017 01:15:17 pm
Should they re-air this latest debacle, I suspect they'll use the same meaningless disclaimer they used for Pirate Treasure of the Knights Templar: "What we chronicle made headlines around the world. However, some of the discoveries you are about to see remain the center of heated debate.”
7/12/2017 01:33:41 pm
7/12/2017 10:37:59 pm
An interesting angle in all this that will likely get no play, is that the lead investigator for the Earhart debacle is Shawn Henry, a former FBI assistant director who now works for NBC news as an analyst/contributor. He also is the president and chief security officer for Crowdstrike. Hmmm... where have I heard of Crowdstrike before? Oh yeah, that was the private firm relied on by our government agencies that tied the Russian government to the DNC hack.
7/12/2017 01:04:44 pm
Jason, you know I love this blog, but if I ever catch you using the word "frenemy" again, I'm boycotting. =P
7/12/2017 01:05:20 pm
Now why would Mary or anyone else in Heaven need to be modestly dressed or dressed at all? Isn't Heaven supposed to be a spiritual realm where the fleshly pleasures are abandoned?
7/12/2017 01:56:29 pm
According to Catholic Maryolatry, the BVM was "assumed bodily" into Heaven so she's still rocking the whole thing, including the hymen. One thing Marzulli is right about is the layers of nonsense the Catholic Church has bolted on to the Maristory over the centuries until the whole thing is like something out of Mad Max or General Aideed's Somalia. There is even a story about her throwing panties down from the sky as proof. This was finally made official in 1950 by an old man who claimed it was divine revelation (not including the panties bit).
7/13/2017 11:33:30 am
The story told is that she dropped her "girdle", which at that time was a wide belt or sash worn on the outside, not an article of underwear.
7/12/2017 01:13:42 pm
The History Channel is high-quality television! They were set up by Amelia Earhart. Sad! Why hasn’t anyone ever investigated her? What is she trying to hide? BIG LOSER EARHART!
7/12/2017 06:17:00 pm
You didn't call earhart ugly and Trump had his own university (sort of, anyway.) 6 out of 10 overall. Nowhere near as good as the last one. Sad!.
7/12/2017 05:39:12 pm
Jason, I'm surprised you didn't mention the whopping 45% increase IN ONE YEAR by Republicans in their negative views of the media. Not only polling mostly negative, but a big jump since the previous poll. That's... that's ridiculous!
7/12/2017 05:46:43 pm
Only surprising if you learned nothing from the polls of November 2016. Polls reflect reality like a funhouse mirror. And some are better than others; since you couldn't be bothered to name a poll I discount your comment entirely.
7/12/2017 06:55:18 pm
And I discount your continual smug trolling with a roll of the eyes.
7/12/2017 06:54:37 pm
The Virgin Mary wasn't a virgin after Jesus. He had stepbrothers. One of the was John. Another was the other Peter, not the 'rock' guy. Acts and some books mention his brothers, not just brothers like as in comrades, step brothers. Catholics just choose not to mention them. And yes, I know one of you is being sarcastic about the hymen joke. After all, if Jesus came out, which he likely did, that part is gone. So even if you discount 'brothers', she is not a virgin after giving birth, obviously. It said nothing in the Bible about the holy pregnancy reversal, but that would have been amusing.
7/12/2017 07:04:07 pm
Perhaps they were brothers from another mother.
7/12/2017 11:21:10 pm
"The Virgin Mary wasn't a virgin after Jesus. He had stepbrothers. One of the was John. Another was the other Peter, not the 'rock' guy. Acts and some books mention his brothers, not just brothers like as in comrades, step brothers."
7/12/2017 06:58:13 pm
Caveat though, the above on thee VM is an opinion, based on written evidence in a book, so it is probably groundless in certain respects. It is important that some believe in all of that, and this was not a knock on religion.
7/12/2017 09:46:04 pm
Marian appearances are commonly studied for many years before being approved by the Church. It is reasonable that those who do not believe would have to resort to extraterrestrial or demonic explanations. Too much evidence to ignore Marian miracles.
7/14/2017 03:32:38 pm
58% of Republicans are making a beeline for Jason's bunghole, that's a fact.
7/14/2017 06:43:13 pm
It might have been funny never, but it's definitely not funny now. Not even well-executed. Time to scoot, like a big galoot. SAY MY NAME.
terry the censor
7/17/2017 03:37:36 am
> For Marzulli, the fake “Mary” had the appearance of a whore (with exposed ankles!)
7/17/2017 03:42:38 pm
I am a leftist arrogant fascist communist that hates diversity of thought.
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