White Supremacist: Zionists May Try to Stop "America Unearthed" from Reporting Truth about White History
Note for the easily offended: Please note that I regularly report on what audience members have to say about popular fringe history claims. I recently, for example, discussed a woman who said Ancient Aliens convinced her she was abducted by aliens. Discussion of how audience members choose to use fringe claims and integrate them into their worldviews does not imply that the originators of the claims endorse said worldviews, only that they should be aware of how their readers and viewers approach and understand their claims.
Extremists tend to see what they want to see, but there are times when what extremists see shocks and surprises even me. That was the case today when I discovered some recent and shocking reactions to America Unearthed that point toward the contradictory ways fringe history claims can be woven into political ideology.
To an extent, the material I discovered today is anticipated in Michael Barkun’s A Culture of Conspiracy (2006/2013), in which Barkun documents the extent to which fringe history has been preoccupied with questions of Judaism through an unholy alliance forged in the 1990s between elements of ufology and those of right-wing antigovernment conspiracy theorists, all of whom, for various reasons, incorporated elements of traditional anti-Semitism into their conspiracies, often under different names, for example revising the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to refer not to Jews but to Illuminati or Reptilians. This made it rather a simple process for fringe history to feed back into explicit anti-Semitism and racism.
The Stormfront white supremacist discussion board has an ongoing discussion on archaeological excavations at Treblinka, which predictably the posters assumed was part of a Zionist conspiracy to frame the Nazis. Many Stormfront members are Holocaust deniers, and I trust you will understand why I have chosen not to link directly to the discussion, which you can find easily enough at their website if you are so inclined.
Early this morning Stormfront member “Catherine Grace” wrote that she believes that the Smithsonian is helping to fabricate the Holocaust as part of a liberal-leftist effort to rewrite history to deny the accomplishments of the white race while celebrating those of ethnic and racial minorities. Here is what she had to say about how America Unearthed helped her to see the “truth” about the Smithsonian, and she provided her fellow racists with a link to Scott Wolter’s blog:
Not to change the subject totally but since the Smithsonian, a prestigious and trusted institution is involved in this holyhoax [i.e., Holocaust] quackery, I want to say something that I never realized about the Smithsonian before.
Additional responses from other members complained that the Smithsonian operated museums devoted to non-white peoples. The Smithsonian denied media reports that it was interested in acquiring the Martin hoodie last year. It is currently in evidence with the U.S. Department of Justice and is not on display anywhere.
This is exactly the outcome I feared when I told a television producer for the Science Channel a few months ago that doing a documentary about the non-existent Smithsonian “conspiracy” invented by David Childress in 1993 would only serve to give aid and comfort to those who are predisposed to extremist conspiracies. Here we see evidence that such claims easily become fodder for extremist beliefs, and it is especially shocking that “Catherine Grace” sees the Smithsonian as virtually all-powerful but does not wonder how, then, America Unearthed ended up on H2 in the first place—with the cooperation of the Smithsonian, which gave Scott Wolter permission to test the Bat Creek Stone (twice!) and access to Smithsonian collections with Dr. Dennis Stanford. It is also worth noting that “Catherine Grace” failed to understand who Scott Wolter is, mistaking him for an archaeologist and an expert in runes, and also overlooked his claims about Jews in prehistoric America (unless, as seems likely, she follows British Israelism or Christian Identity and denies that modern Jews are related).
It bears repeating: When irresponsible programs imply nefarious conspiracies, audiences read this as a coded effort to convince them that the implications are true and respond in kind.
This kind of reaction to America Unearthed is hardly confined to the racist extreme of the political right, but it does seem to have a strange connection to concerns over Judaism, even among the most steadfast supporters of Israel. Zahal.com is a website devoted to covering Israeli military affairs, so it was somewhat strange to see a long article posted to their blog about America Unearthed earlier today. It turns out that the piece is actually an uncredited reprint of an article Richard Thornton published last year on Examiner.com in which Thornton, who appeared on America Unearthed in 2012 but fails to disclose this fact, accused right wing conservatives of trying to suppress the program before its 2012 premiere:
A multi-pronged attack was executed. While the History Channel team was filming in Mexico, neighbors, landlords, Georgia universities, local law enforcement, even people on the street, were contacted by right wing federal law enforcement officers and told that individuals associated with the new Track Rock site study were Obama-lovers, home burglars, gay, atheists, devil-worshipers, insane, sexual predators, Marxists, owned dangerous, killer attack dogs . . . or whatever lie seemed appropriate at the time. These law enforcement officers were all former military personnel, who had learned their psych-ops skills in the Middle East.
The filming he refers to occurred in 2012, during the Democratic Obama administration, and it is unclear how he sees the Obama administration as suppressing America Unearthed in accordance with a right wing agenda.
The “Middle East” connection is also very vague, and I’m not sure what Thornton was trying to imply. A few paragraphs later he states his belief that the Cherokee are the descendants of Anatolian Jews, as well as Muslims who converted to Judaism (!) in America, and he seems to imply that Muslims are secretly trying to suppress the truth to avoid revealing Muslim apostasy in favor of Judaism in early America: “The horse of a prominent Georgia Cherokee warrior was named ‘Al Baraq’ which means ‘Lightning’ in Arabic. It was the name of the horse that the Quran says took Mohammed to heaven, and also President Obama’s first name.” Of course! Obama is a secret Muslim who is working with Middle Eastern dictatorships to hide the fact that America had been colonized by Jews! It’s so obvious!
Apparently no matter your view on Jews, if you are a conspiracy theorist you’re sure that America Unearthed is somehow the victim of a conspiracy to either promote Judaism or suppress it, by left wing or right wing government agencies, who somehow control all of the levers of power in America except for the programming department at H2.
It’s strange to me that programs like Ancient Aliens, America’s Book of Secrets, Unsealed: Alien Files, Unsealed: Conspiracy Files, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, Codes and Conspiracies, and many others fail to elicit the same types of reactions. To take a clear example: Ancient Aliens and America Unearthed both did nearly identical episodes on Smithsonian conspiracies in the Grand Canyon just weeks apart, but one is routinely cited as “evidence” that such conspiracies are real much more than the other. Partly it might be because many of these programs present themselves as tongue-in-cheek or only semi-serious; another part must be that the other shows fail to present a consistent narrative whose material easily dovetails with “conspiracy culture” and its particular preoccupation with reflecting concerns about racial, religious, cultural, and ethnic identity issues. By choosing to explore North American history in terms of ethnic groups and their various voyages, rather than a generalized conspiracy or alien Other, America Unearthed makes its claims that much more attractive to those who would use them in support of ideological ends.
5/17/2014 07:09:49 am
Danger, Jason Colavito! Danger! Phil Gotsch meltdown imminent!
5/17/2014 07:25:28 am
There is a most excellent previous and prior thread
5/17/2014 07:29:18 am
Archaeologists announced Friday that they have discovered human footprints in England that are between 800,000 and 1 million years old — the most ancient found outside Africa, and the earliest evidence of human life in northern Europe.
An Over-Educated Grunt
5/17/2014 12:29:35 pm
Reading the Ashton paper now. I'd be leery of putting too much faith in a "find" where a cluster of twelve prints were found in a fine-graded soil in an alluvial or estuarine deposit. That's an area with high water flow and easily moved soils, so the survival of a single print, let about fifty, is extremely unlikely. There's a difference between this and a volcanic site, where the depositional environment is rapid; deposition in alluvial and estuarine deposits is generally gradual, the precise kind of environment that erodes footprints before they can be preserved.
5/18/2014 03:11:36 am
[jad], you are hereby banished to Pangaea, which is still breaking-up. Follow the Terror Birds back to earliest qualified "humans", for the answer to your mental struggle. Hint: don't be afraid to travel with the first camels and horses! (This should keep you busy for a while.)
5/18/2014 05:37:22 am
Gunn --- you've just got to admit that early bipedal humans
5/17/2014 08:11:34 am
No doubt. Check this out--Wolter and Frank Joseph are going to be together again at a conference this fall! http://www.aaapf.org/scripts/prodview.asp?idProduct=70
5/17/2014 09:38:00 am
Damn! Scott Wolter, Wayne May, Frank Joseph *and* Jim Scherz in one venue.
5/18/2014 05:40:19 am
Jason is in total glee like as if he just won the
5/18/2014 06:25:11 am
the really depressing thing about SW is that his actions
5/17/2014 07:14:21 am
5/17/2014 07:32:44 am
Did you see the results of the Anti-Defamation League's latest poll? They polled over 50k adults in over 100 countries and two-thirds of adults either never heard of the Holocaust, or don't believe it happened the way we're told.
5/17/2014 07:53:35 am
No... i didn't see it. i agree.
5/17/2014 08:12:36 am
I did see that. These are obviously not moot issues supported only by the craziest extremists.
5/17/2014 08:20:52 am
William Shirer's most excellent book + thesis
5/17/2014 01:41:51 pm
The more-specific breakdown of statistics--ie, what countries were most/least anti-Semitic--are actually much more interesting than this skewed overall picture. (And I say skewed because when you say "two thirds of people" it implies an even distribution worldwide, which the rest of the statistics actually deny.)
5/17/2014 02:04:25 pm
The poll also asked about views of Israel. A lot of Mid East anti-Semetism was linked to political dislike of Israel more than dislike of Judaism.
5/17/2014 02:25:30 pm
The ADL said 2/3 of people resonded in that manner on the page I referenced. It's their 2nd bullet point of the major findings.
5/18/2014 03:15:03 pm
Mandalore, Walt, I guess the real point of my post was a certain cynicism about polls like this. It may be true that 2/3 of the people in the world expressed said views, but saying it that way implies an even distribution across the population--which is precisely what the ADL wants, because then they can cry that the world is against Jews. Personally, I'm not sure that not believing the Holocaust happened as historical documents express really has anything to do with hatred of Jews. Or even an opinion about Jews at all. Reasons could range from "I think numbers were inflated to make the horror stories sound worse to get money for so-called charity groups" to "I don't think the documents record ENOUGH of the horror" to "I think those idiot Europeans lie about everything" to "The Jews made it up so they could take over Israel." I have in fact heard all four explanations, and while three of them show a clear bigotry, only one of them qualifies as anti-Semitic. But this pole didn't bother to find that out, they assumed that disbelief in the Holocaust--either wholly or partially--MUST come from a hatred of Jews.
A much more useful study would be a poll of the majority of Jews in the world to reveal, in turn, what percentage are "infected" with racist views toward Muslims, Arabs, Catholics, Chinese, or black people for that matter. Pot meet kettle, etc. The very notion of such a survey would illicit cries of antisemitism from the ADL and company. Hell, I fully expect to be called an antisemite just for entertaining such a notion.
5/18/2014 02:03:52 am
Intolerance is driven by politics and is inherent in all groups. In discussing politics and economics, I often find myself arguing against liberal Jews who are very intolerant of other views. I also find myself debating very social conservatives who claim to be Christians and are very intolerant. No one is absolved of being a bigot in some ways. Over the years I've become more libertarian as this allows maximum freedom while acknolowdging people are biased.
5/17/2014 10:28:00 am
I don't understand Holocaust deniers. Most of them like the Stormfront douches or Neo-Nazis in general would be mad that someone said they were killing Jews but you'd figure they'd want to inflate the numbers and say they did a great job. The most you can do the mainstream Western world to admire them is early military tactics and their snappy clothes. Its not like Nazis can get a soften mainstream image here.
5/18/2014 10:53:44 am
Ah but there are those who would indeed want to soften the Nazi image, at least enough make their world view a bit more easier to sell. Besides denying the Holocaust, some of these people will try to sell you the idea that WW2 was Stalin and FDR's (and his Jewish banker friends) fault. Up is down and black is white with such people.
5/18/2014 03:30:20 pm
I was actually talking with my mother about this--because of this discussion, actually--this very morning. She made an observation that might explain some of it.
Rev. Phil Gotsch
5/17/2014 11:55:52 am
"Fringe history" buffs NEATLY mirror-imaged by the "fringe debunkers" …
Rev Gotsch antidote
5/17/2014 03:07:56 pm
Ignore the ignorant
Rev. Phil Gotsch
5/17/2014 03:57:39 pm
5/18/2014 05:57:48 am
luv --- your defense of your good buddy and friend of many
5/18/2014 04:24:46 am
At the very least Wolter needs someone to handle his public appearances, as he seems to have a proclivity for making poor venue choices.
5/18/2014 05:43:42 am
5/18/2014 09:41:36 am
Jews are Caucasians, in general, although other races may convert to Judaism. Modern Judaism, such as the Reconstructionist Movement, has disavowed the "Chosen People" idea--this should, hopefully, end anti-semitism. Likewise, Christians just disavow the notion that "Jesus is the only way for salvation", and the Muslims should disavow the notion that "Mohamed is the last prophet." All religions should teach the Golden Rule by means of stories which apply to their particular culture.
5/18/2014 03:35:37 pm
I'm not sure why you think that the victims of bigotry forswearing an idea will end the bigotry, first off; when I was a kid and being bullied, ignoring it didn't make it go away and neither did promising not to do whatever had set the bully off this time.
Rev. Phil Gotsch
5/18/2014 10:10:42 am
Jews and Christians have LONG struggled with "the scandal of particularity," in which the faith tradition community understands and proclaims that God (and so, salvation) is encountered *THERE* (i,e., "HERE") …
5/19/2014 07:13:14 am
Yet, I think it's good to remind the blogospherians here at this location that God through the Bible does without apology announce that only through Jesus can humanity be SAVED...a remedy for our sorry existence has been provided.
5/19/2014 12:24:56 pm
Rev. Phil Gotsch
5/19/2014 04:10:38 pm
5/20/2014 03:48:13 am
Incorrect, Rev. Gotsch. While it is true that Arians were excommunicated (you Protestants also hold Arianism as heresy), Orthodoxy is NOT considered part of the Catholic Church. Keep in mind I am not speaking from the Vatican II ecumenist mindset, which is pure heresy itself, but from a traditionalist point of view. Orthodoxy however possesses valid holy orders and sacraments, and thus, one may save their soul through reception thereof and adherence to Orthodox theology. Your tossing in of the Arians in this conversation is simply confusing the issue, as even most Orthodox don't view them as orthodox. Thus, my original response still stands.
Rev. Phil Gotsch
5/20/2014 09:37:51 am
THIS post-Vatican II Catholic has ALWAYS been dis-inclined toward separation and recrimination and anathema and excommunication …
5/21/2014 03:38:04 am
Clear and simple, what the expression really means is that there is no salvation outside of Jesus, Jesus being the focus of the Catholic Church.
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