by Sam Huntington
Pseudo-documentary is the description of a film or video production that takes the form and style of a documentary, but which does not portray actual events nor pursue a single remnant of common sense. Rather, the producers of these kinds of films use scripted and fictional elements to tell a story. Is not intended as satire. It often uses fabricated sets, actors, constructed situations, and digital effects to alter scene or scenario.
With this in mind, one wonders why a pseudo-documentary should become the normal fare at, of all places, History Channel. One would think that with somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 years of actual history (which is to say, historical records), there would be sufficient material for the History Channel without having to rely on this kind of fraud.
What come to mind are two programs that seem to air incessantly: the first is titled America Unearthed, produced by the A&E Network History 2. The show premiered in December 2012, produced by Committee Films of Chaska, Minnesota —hosted by a Minnesota geologist named Scott Wolter. Wolter describes himself as a forensic geologist, although we are unable to establish his bona fides. For all we know, given the pseudo-nature of this program, the term geologist may simply mean that he took 3 geology courses at a community college. The History Channel informs us as follows:
“While working his “day job” as a world-renowned forensic geologist and the president of the Minnesota-based American Petrographic Services, Scott Wolter began developing a new science called archaeopetrography —a scientific process used to date and understand the origins of mysterious stone artifacts and sites. The first artifact Scott studied using this new science was the Kensington Rune Stone, which he believes is an authentic, pre-Columbian land claim carved here in America by none other than the Knights Templar. The Kensington Rune Stone was the subject of a documentary special called Holy Grail in America that aired on HISTORY in 2009. Now, in America Unearthed on H2, Scott has the chance to use forensic geology and archaeopetrography to explore many other untold stories in American history, changing everything we think we know about our past.”
Believe me, there is a reason why these stories are “untold.”
Nevertheless, intrigued by the “new science” called archeopetrography, I did some research on the Internet and discovered that there is a company or a concern that calls itself American Petrographic Services, Inc. It is located at 550 Cleveland Avenue, North St. Paul, Minnesota. The principle officer is … you guess it … Scott Wolter.
Okay … for my truth: I get it. Scott is a guy out to make a buck. He somehow conned the A&E Network to air his completely inane program and in doing so, it puts money in his pocket. I don’t have a problem with this. In fact, I wish I could think up a neat scam, too. Sadly, it has never been my forte. I do wonder, however, how many people are fooled by his “forensic findings.”
What findings, you ask? Here’s a sampling:
- The government may be hiding the fact that Mayans used to live in Georgia.
- The mountains of Arizona may contain the remains of a medieval Englishman.
- There may be evidence of giants having once lived in Minnesota.
- Ancient Phoenicians may have traveled to America.
- A secret society may have existed in Pennsylvania that made human sacrifices.
- The Knights Templar may have traveled to Arizona (3 presentations on this)
- The Denver Airport may be the location of the center for a new world order.
Again, if anyone finds such rubbish entertaining, fine. I’m still confused about why we find this trash on the History Channel, and it makes me shudder to think how many leftist-educated morons there are in this country who were raised sucking on conspiracy theories … who are swallowing this stuff hook, line, and sinker.
Oh … the second incessant program is Ancient Aliens. Well, at least this show is billed as “entertainment” with about the same value as Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, aired on (no, I’m not making this up) The Learning Channel. Who owns TLC? Discovery Channel. I don’t know about you, but I see a trend developing …