On Monday I wrote about a recent letter from Kevin Burns (executive producer of The Curse of Oak Island) to Frank Magazine. In the letter, Burns claims that the Nova Scotia sword was purchased in part to "discredit" J. Hutton Pulitzer. In my opinion, the alleged ploy seems to have worked: Pulitzer committed fully to the sword and still maintains it is an authentic Roman artifact despite several independent lines of evidence (e.g., metallurgical analysis, comparative analysis, etc.) that quite clearly show it is nothing of the sort.
Pulitzer's response to Burns is pretty epic as far as these sorts of things go. I recommend that you read it carefully for yourself. Here are some highlights:
Pornography and Pizza: Pulitzer alleges that Burns "pulled out all the stops" to convince Pulitzer to reveal his secret research on Oak Island, writing that Burns was
"They knew full well they had to deal with this or be exposed. They had over a year to devise a way to deal with this issue.
. . . Both Rick and Marty Lagina knew there was history at stake and we talked about this numerous times."
Well, no, not really. Of course there's more to it than a simple dispute over interpretation of an object. To me, this is a struggle about the power to monetize fake stories about the past. The only winners in that game are the people making the money -- nobody else gets anything of value out of it and, in fact, I feel the whole endeavor of manufacturing and feeding nonsense to the public has the potential to do a significant degree of harm. I'm not rooting for anyone in this fight. As Jason Colavito wrote on Monday (and see this post from today) "this is more of a King Kong vs. Godzilla thing where you really hope they just take each other out and go away."