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Don’t look for history at what used to be The History Channel

Following the blistering negative comments made all over the web about the recent program Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure, the other day I posted the following to my blog on the True West magazine web site, trying to explain why audiences no longer should expect to see bone fide history on what formerly was The History Channel. Some interesting comments were made about both the treasure hunting show and the cable channel. But none was better than a posting by Rio, who offered his rendition of a new logo for History, the re-branded cable channel formerly known as The History Channel. If History can revise factual history in its programs, why should History viewers not be able to revise History’s new logo?

History revised logoNot looking for history anymore at what used to be The History Channel. The programming distributor that once wanted to present history, now wants to make history instead.

There’s been little notice that the History Channel has been re-branded simply as History, sometimes identified as History.com. Notice its new logo when tuning in.

Together with the change in re-branding has come a change in focus. Entertainment, and no longer history, is now the focus of History. The distributor now is focused upon attracting the under age 34 demographic. This has come at the expense of losing the above age 35 demographic, which originally was attracted to The History Channel and made it a success.

The subtle change was engineered by Nancy Dubuc, formerly of the A&E network. Dubuc wants to give History a realty based approach to programming. New programs have featured Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars, and a NASCAR based realty program, yet to be released.

Since I wrote that, History broadcast an edition of its new show Cowboys & Outlaws. This focused on Wyatt Earp. While the show was not the unmitigated disaster that Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure turned out to be, the show did meet with widespread disapproval, both by historians and Earp enthusiasts.

With bone fide history receding from broadcast media, good news may come to print media. Seems people are just going to have to return to reading books to get their history.

 

Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure – Deconstructing Chapter Three

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DOWNLOAD FOR FREE a deconstruction of Chapter Three taken from the transcript of the History Channel’s program Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure. The file is in .pdf format, and already contains initial commentary.

As the fakery of this broadcast continues to be dissected, it appears others also have taken a dim view of the program.

Other Jesse James interest groups have dismissed the program entirely.

Surprisingly, those who enjoy the recreation of treasure hunting, have lambasted Jesse James’ Hidden Treasures outright.

Members tell us that The James-Younger Gang and the Wild West History Association will be publishing negative reviews shortly.

Given the fact the History Channel has totally given up on broadcasting any legitimate history, in favor of broadcasting entertainment instead, and the entertainment they broadcast can’t even find an audience who appreciates it, the question has to be put to them. Why bother?

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Jesse James’ Hidden Treasure – Deconstructing Chapter Two

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I was appalled with this program on the History Channel. This program presumed to be about Jesse James’ hidden treasure was something that should have been on Looney Tunes, not the History Channel.

This entire program was based on speculation and treasure hunting myths. At no time was there any objective history shown throughout this program.

Why would Jesse James spend time hiding treasure in Kansas?  Kansas and Missouri were at war with each other for some five years before the Civil War started in the East.  People in Missouri, for the most part, hated Kansans.  Why on earth would Jesse do more than pass through that state? There is no data of any kind that places him in Kansas for extended periods of time.

The amount of money that Pastore says the James gang stole is way off base.  In this program I understood him to say 1.5 million but in the transcript of the program it says 5 million.  Both numbers art way too high. Most historians would place the amount as $225,000 to $250,000.

What on earth is the National Geomantic Survey Organization? Geomantic pertains to geomancy which is a form of fortune telling or magic.  It is not science.

Pastore spends a lot of time in caves reading KGC code.  Really! There is no evidence the James gang ever hid out in or camped in caves.  A cave would be a good place to be easily trapped if you were on the run.

Pastore talks about OBSCURE, 19-TH CENTURY ARCHIVES but never tells us names these archives or tells where he found them.  There is a lot of information readily available on the KGC , you don’t need to go to obscure resources.  There are reports of KGC activities in the Official Records of the Civil War,   in the annual reports of the U. S. Attorney Generals Reports, and in various scholarly publications. I suggest Pastore and Ganis spend a little more time in libraries.

There is plenty more I could say about this very bad program.  I hope someone will give the individual at the History Channel responsible for this mess a good spanking!

Nancy B. Samuelson

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