I wanted to add to a piece that Jason Colavito wrote today about a recent audio rant by J. Hutton Pulitzer complaining about "media bias" against him and his history-changing "Roman sword." The rant was a reaction to a recent (and fairly unflattering) piece by Mike Gorman in Nova Scotia's Frank Magazine. Pulitzer lets us hear part of a conversation with Gorman in which Gorman seems to be unwilling to listen to him, and, in fact, repeatedly hangs up on him.
I think it's kind of funny, but maybe that's just me.
But was Pulitzer really so rudely prevented from telling his side of the story?
I don't know the full context of the excerpted interview, but I can tell you that the Pulitzer-Gorman conversation didn't have anything to do with the "Roman sword." In fact, the conversation took place sometime around a year ago in connection with a piece Gorman was writing about the claim that the Spear of Destiny had been found on Oak Island (sure, let's just go ahead and call it Speargate).
I don't think Pulitzer ever directly said that the fragment of the Gorman conversation was related to the sword story, but he sure didn't do anything to clarify that it wasn't, either. The way he spliced it into the piece leaves the impression that it was a recent conversation. So, just to be clear . . . fill in the blank with the usual.
On Facebook today, Mike Gorman wrote the following about the fragment of conversation that Pulitzer released:
"This is the end of a series of calls between myself and Philyaw. By this point he was repeatedly calling the newsroom in an effort to have the spear story scrubbed, himself originally playing a larger part, with details given in the story at the time of his history. Uninterested in hearing every excuse under the sun and having asked my questions many times, I cut the calls off. At no point did Philyaw respond to inquiries regarding the sword. There's really nothing else to say about it."
So there you go.