Times The History Channel Lied To You

Old timers might remember the History Channel
as a stream of World War II documentaries, but a lot has changed since then. The new History is a cranky old conspiracy
theorist who secretly binges reality shows. Here are some of the times the History Channel
lied to you. In 1945, Adolf Hitler took his own life in
his underground bunker. That’s reality. Conspiracy theories about how he might’ve
escaped aren’t just wrong, but deeply offensive. Unfortunately, back in 2014, people got riled
up when the FBI declassified documents reporting on the possibility that Hitler had actually
run away to South America, shaved his mustache, and assumed a new identity. Here’s the thing: FBI reports don’t mean something
really happened, because the FBI has to document everything, no matter how stupid it is. So every time a lunatic or attention seeker
claimed to see Hitler, the FBI wrote it down – that’s their job. As Skeptoid points out, they have been forced
to document all kinds of nonsensical falsehoods. Then in 2015, according to Variety, the History
Channel basically gave real history the middle finger. The reality show Hunting Hitler, apparently
an effort to finally settle the matter with a crack team of investigators, was really
nothing more than a ratings ploy. The series showed the team go to Argentina
and investigate false leads which proved nothing whatsoever… because, well, no genuine evidence
exists. Aside from trivializing the subject matter,
Hunting Hitler also trivialized reality. Biopics deserve some leeway because turning
a real person’s life into an interesting movie – or series – can be hard. But according to historian David Nasaw, the
epic eight-part drama series The Kennedys, first optioned by the History Channel in 2009,
played so fast and loose with reality that it might as well have used a different name
for the family. Overall, the big problem seems to be that
the show’s producer was trying to turn the Kennedy family into the family from The Godfather,
leading to a series full of crazy escapades, sibling rivalry, and big money bribing. Some of the more bizarre fictional plot twists
inserted into the story involve patriarch Joe Kennedy Sr., who is depicted as giving
Jackie Kennedy a $1 million trust fund to stay with his son – which makes no sense – and
also paying off a Chicago mobster to secure JFK’s presidential win. Neither of these theories have any credibility,
and are basically just there to spice up the narrative. The actual Kennedys are a powerful family,
but whether you love ’em or hate ’em, these TV characters weren’t the real deal. The History Channel spent two years holding
a place on their schedule for The Kennedys premiere, but when the series was finally
ready in 2011, they quietly moved the series to their Canadian branch, History Television,
according to The Globe and Mail. It’s long past time to rectify a sin that’s
been perpetuated for centuries. Assuming the biblical characters were real
people, none of them were white folks. All those people were from either North Africa
or the Middle East, so there’s no way they had European features or English accents. Yes, both classical artwork and Hollywood
have been lying about this for a crazy long amount of time, but it’s the 21st century,
and the History Channel miniseries The Bible has no excuse for featuring such a whitewashed
cast. To make things even worse, The Guardian notes
that out of the few major characters played by minority actors – one of them is Satan. Yes, the devil. Could they be more offensive? Ironically, the show’s producers claimed their
program was made out of a quest to cure “Bible illiteracy,” but the series is Bible illiterate
itself. The show cherry-picks elements from the “easy”
biblical tales while ignoring more ambiguous, dark, or confusing aspects. The result is a clean, sanitized, easy-breezy
version that distorts the entire message of the text, rendering it unrecognizable. In other words, if your knowledge of the Bible
comes from History’s The Bible, you really don’t know all that much about the Bible. The ancient Maya were unquestionably amazing. Their brilliant insights regarding mathematics
and astronomy were so far beyond their time that it’s hard to even conceptualize how they
did it. That’s why in 2012, people got freaked out
that the Mayan calendar randomly ended on December 21, 2012. The History Channel did a lot of fear-mongering
about this stuff, even referring to 2012 as the long-awaited “Doomsday.” “2012, a date that is prophesied as the end
of the world.” Then 2012 came and went, with no apocalypse. What happened? Don’t blame the Maya; blame the History Channel. As National Geographic explains, the Maya
never predicted a doomsday. December 21, 2012, was simply the end of the
13th cycle, at which point the calendar would reset to zero. Basically, it’s like how you put up a new
calendar every January. So if those ancient Maya had ever visited
us via time machine, they would’ve scoffed at how all these silly 21st-century folks
totally misinterpreted their calendar. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Bigfoot was real? The world would feel a little more magical,
for sure. But there’s no magic to be found in the 2015
History Channel special Bigfoot Captured, a ratings stunt that depicted a supposedly
“real” sasquatch being apprehended. While some cool stuff came out of the program,
such as an 8-foot 3-D-printed Bigfoot skeleton that was reported on by the Idaho State Journal,
the special was deceptively advertised, featuring no clear documentation that it was fake outside
of a small disclaimer saying the program featured, quote, “some dramatization.” “Something’s out here, dude, something’s watching. I don’t know.” As Paste points out, people all over Twitter
freaked out about the whole thing. Snopes even wrote up the series. Considering that much of Bigfoot’s popularity
today is the result of pranks, the fakeness of Bigfoot Captured perhaps isn’t shocking. Still, the whole thing raises questions about
the responsibility of filmmakers, and it’s shady that the network interviewed professors
without informing them of the film’s purpose. “There are no sasquatches. There are no bigfeet.” Everything on Ancient Aliens is faker than
fake, according to the Smithsonian. Even when the show pulls from real sources,
it distorts, misquotes, and mischaracterizes them so badly that it becomes a cheesy sci-fi
epic rather than a genuine documentary. When History isn’t making up narratives about
how aliens may have slaughtered the dinosaurs to make way for humans, it’s promoting even
zanier nonsense like the idea that ancient Egyptians flew extraterrestrial airplanes
and Martians created human life. [Martian stuff] In order to create these zany theories, the
program basically figures out a conclusion, finds a real event that has absolutely nothing
to do with their narrative, and then omits any information that doesn’t support that
narrative. Then, if something doesn’t make sense? Chalk it up to those oh-so-mysterious aliens. Boom. Ancient Aliens is like a high school prank
that got way out of hand. The disappearance of daring pilot Amelia Earhart
in 1937 is a genuine mystery, and while there are some wacked out theories about what happened,
most people have accepted that her true ending was probably a lot more tragic. That’s why the whole world got pumped about
the History Channel’s 2017 special Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, which theorized
that Amelia and her navigator Fred Noonan were captured by the Japanese and may have
even lived for some years afterward. On the surface, this special wasn’t just some
Ancient Aliens nonsense: The conversation centered around a new photo the network had
unearthed, reportedly dug up from the U.S. National Archives, which depicted Earhart
and Noonan both alive in Japan. “You think this is Amelia Earhart?” “That’s right.” While nothing was confirmed, the story got
national attention. Then… two days later, the whole thing got
debunked. According to National Geographic, an intrepid
internet blogger found the exact same photo in a Japanese coffee table travelogue published
in 1935 – two years before the famous pilot disappeared. Oops. The History Channel’s program Mountain Men,
about hard-edged survivalists scraping by in the brutal wilderness, is ridiculously
embellished. For example, just ask one of the show’s stars,
Tom Oar, who joked to the Billings Gazette that the show always exaggerated his life
to seem more dangerous – and less mundane – than it really was. Even the more exciting incidents, like wild
animal sightings, aren’t quite what they seem, such as when a wolf encounter was recreated
with regular dogs. “This is a dangerous wolf, though. I think he’ll be back.” According to Alabama Entertainment, Oar’s
fellow Mountain Men star Eustace Conway once admitted to Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth
Gilbert that his crazy wild man persona was mostly an act. While Conway does live out in the wilderness,
by all accounts, he’s not the broke, penniless fella the show makes him out to be. “I feel good about that achievement.” Texans take their history seriously, and they
don’t like a bunch of outsiders painting them the wrong way. So back in 2015, when the History Channel
aired the drama series Texas Rising, which claimed to be a historical drama about the
creation of the Texas Rangers, Lone Star locals stood up and took notice of the show’s many
historical inaccuracies. Soon afterward, the internet got flooded with
so many angry Texans that even the Wall Street Journal commented on it. Texas Monthly ripped the series to shreds,
pointing out lazily incorrect dates, inaccurate fashion trends, and the fact that the show’s
desert landscapes had more in common with classic Hollywood Westerns than the real Texas
locations where historical events took place. Basically, the History Channel walked into
a Texas bar, said all the wrong things, and got punched out by the locals. Maybe they’ll be more careful next time? “Go ahead, make my day.” In 2011, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show celebrated
the holiday season with a section called “Tree Fighting Ceremony,” where host Jon Stewart
noted an amusing anecdote. Supposedly from the years 1789 to 1856, the
U.S. Congress valued Christmas Day so little that they simply used it as a regular workday. Well, fun-spoiling Politifact swooped in,
studied up, and pointed out that this allegation is completely inaccurate, as both the House
and Senate pretty much always took the day off. Don’t blame Stewart or Comedy Central for
this “pants on fire”-level error, however. The true fault lies with their source, the
History Channel, which in 1997 aired a special called Christmas Unwrapped: The History of
Christmas. Stewart aired a clip from the special on his
show. “The United States Congress sat in session
and continued to stay open on Christmas Day for most of the next 67 years.” Oops. Clearly, Stewart and The Daily Show producers
thought they could trust a channel named “History.” “Ya know what, History Channel, you have f—ed
me for the last time!” Come on, you didn’t really think Pawn Stars
was real, did you? If you couldn’t tell just from watching it
and cringing every time literally anyone delivers their lines, the actual interactions are highly
staged. Those seemingly spontaneous customer interactions
you see on TV are arranged way beforehand. Even the bargaining and dialogue is lightly
scripted and practiced in advance, probably to make sure neither party storms off in a
huff about getting a bad deal. In 2012, star Corey Harrison told Huffington
Post that these days, he’s far more likely to privately meet someone in an empty hallway
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  • What other historical 'facts' have you heard, from The History Channel or elsewhere, that were actually total lies?

  • History is all way's told by the victor. Hint's His-story

  • This guy knows the truth because somebody in the FBI documented and there's no way he would ever lie about it for fame and relief for the public's piece of mind.

  • Never ask questions about anything that may not make since because your government say's it's true so it's true. Some of these may be lies but most of them are just people asking questions that have been asked way before The History Channel . Never stop asking question's History Channel. The constitution even say's to question everything but I guess this guy know's more so…..

  • lol damn, grunge really has a hard-on against the history channel so bad they practically made the same fucking video twice XD

  • it is completely possible for their to be people of light complexion there at the time

  • As i recall history correct it was Russians who entered hitlers bunker and hitlers body was never discovered. We based accounts of his death on the word on hitlers followers. I’m not saying he didn’t die but what do we believe when the source is from Russian soldiers who were assured by nazi soldiers that he died by his own hand.

  • the Kennedy's were Tied to MOB Truth My Family is from Cicero IL

  • it was a good channel at one time …. now it just a bunch SHIT !!! …… that's why I don't watch it any more …. JUST SHIT .

  • How about that money pit? Lol

  • Fake news

  • One thing about the Hitler show that is reality is that all of those descendents of maximum communities in South America do exist, they are not made up.
    And you won't see it on America's MSM

  • times grunge lied to me

  • Bro you are the true Definition of propaganda bro. So your telling me with hitler basiacally that if I don’t believe what the government is telling me that I’m wrong and nut.. like I’m not aloud to question shit I wasn’t there and you sure as hell weren’t bro. Open your mind a lil don’t be brainwashed to the government and believe everything they say. Hitler had body doubles man you forget that where is the tests they ran to confirm it was him any of that like bro your goin g off shit then government told and ohhhh I forgot they don’t lie to us they are the truth and nothing but the truth. You are a complete idiot one minded fool to believe everything the msm says and the government bro Like what 3 letter agency you would for.

  • You guys are so in out of touch with reality it's unreal so f**** stupid your website and channel should be f**** shutdown

  • I wasn't impressed with the episode "Hunting Hitler," but there is also no genuine evidence that Hitler died in the "bunker." Apparently, the narrator of this clip doesn't want us questioning mainstream views of world war 2.

  • When they started showing stuff that had been debunked 40 years ago as truth… I stopped watching .. if you can not trust them what is the point of watching..

  • This guy sounds so offended 😂

  • BACK THE FUCK OFF OF MY WORLD MAN. You need to RISE UP against the CIA and the spoonful of lies they feed you. The HISTORY channel, more like MISTORY channel, because it is designed to discredit and wade off conspiracies, even though they are the truth, and those are strwamans. BACK OFF YOUNG BOY!

  • Joe Kennedy got his fortune from running RUM during the depression…The family still gets paid for every bottle of scotch imported into this county….and if you think old Joe didn't have ties with organized crime, well then I've got some swamp land I'd love to sell you!!!

  • The money offered to Jackie was for JFK cheating a bunch allegedly and Jackie was gonna leave him, the money was to keep her to stay, allegedly

  • Bro you ever been to Israel? It isn't in Africa, they look like light skinned middle Easterners , yeah kinda like white people

  • Seems like about half the claimed lies are actually the truth. This video is total revisionist garbage.

  • History Channel is so full of shit these days, it's all about the ratings for them………
    ……… kind of like this shit Channel here!

  • History channel doesn't play History anymore haven't in years, that aside there is a NAZI colony in Argentina

  • do not use Snopes it is left-leaning, do not use Huffington it is right-leaning, I have proven them both wrong on many occasions, in the case of Snopes a 5th-grade history book, they are more propaganda sites than anything else… I can point out a couple things you have gotten wrong for instance Churchill was a dick but not a white supremacist, and Archemedies was sexist (gee new for that part of the world), but he was not a dumbass, and before you ever mention Newton with an apple there was no Apple, Gravity theory actually came from Archemedies and Pythagorean societies, Newton was a piece of shit that had many people executed, he was in search of the Philosopher stone, and the knowledge credited to him was actually handed down knowledge said to not be worthy to commoners etc… contact me if you want to know all the deets and need sources

  • Now it's the 'hidden treasure of Oak Island'..
    total bullshit..

  • Hey to anybody who misses old history channel, check out smithsonian channel. It’s like old history channel but even better. And accurate also.

  • There’s a lot of bias in this video

  • Whats the history channel ive heard of the alien channel but not this "history" channel you speak of

  • That’s the Aztec calendar not the Mayan.

  • It sucks how EVERYTHING these days are a facade. A farce if you will. The only thing that's real on these channels anymore is "How it's Made". Love that show:)

  • Don't blame the channel if your to dumb to know what's real from fake or can't read titles when the put hypotheticals on TV they say so

  • The Discovery networks are now basically owned by Fox News. Explains everything.

  • FBI are not just a bunch of gangsters: they are very smarter than they let on

    (A few seconds later)

    *FBI OPEN UP!!!

  • The romans would be white..

  • I am not Neil , If your smart you would take this video down before you get sued for slander and misleading the public , you made a mistake with this film .

  • Not all of this video is true either!

  • So you're telling us they get away with what they're able to.

  • I used to love the History channel but it's turned into the junk channel

  • Except no actual evidence exists that Hitler died in the bunker. The only physical evidence, the skull kept by the Russians, was tested and turned out to be a young female skull. The only other evidence is from Nazi members eye witness accounts of seeing Hitler and hearing a gunshot. So the only evidence is the word of Nazi members. Who have changed their story multiple times.

  • 10:50 thats because hes a druggy now

  • im shocked shocked OMG tv is staged ?

  • The old TV show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom was realy realy bad for staged seans.

  • I live in northern Manitoba Canada and a wolf from time to time. A wolf has big paws longer more slender legs the one shown in vid is a German shepard.

  • I remember getting up for school and seeing the same Marie Antonette documentary for probably a month or so
    (Edit: This was maybe 2007, so…)

  • If anyone has ever believed in extra terrestials all they need to do is watch those kooks on the show ancient aliens and they will never believe it again. Although the dude with the big hair may be one. He does look strange. Lol

  • I've stopped watching the History Channel because of their lies. Does Trump own it?

  • The History channel is a joke anything on it is fake.

  • That why that channel lost its credibility

  • Hitler is kilary Clinton

  • The first one isn't that wild of a conspiracy theory.
    Fact: Soviet Union lied about all sorts of shit.
    Fact: Argentina has an entire town of Germans ONLY, and that town was founded by fled Nazis. That town was guarded for years and anyone unwelcome who tried to enter would be shot. Very high profile Nazis like Mengele lived there. If Hitler survived Berlin, he really didn't have that many years left in him.

    Really isn't that crazy to say he fled unlikely as it is.


  • jesus christ is this channel woke lol

  • I cancelled my subscription to History channel 2 years ago, now they have a free preview going on, I actually took it of my channel list. Pure garbage.

  • There were a great many nazi p.o.s who escaped to South America, that is a fact

  • History channel used to be great what's next now ? Kig tutins cursed dick ring ? Give it up your just another daytime soap opra. Today's shows suck
    Signed former viewer.

  • Should be renamed the Mystery Channel, as in it's a mystery why anyone watches it anymore.

  • Grunge, you piss me off, commenting on the fact that the history channel is racist, by saying, and I paraphrase, ‘wow, could that be anymore racist?’ When they refer to Satan in the biblical series, history channel isn’t racist, they’re dumb, and used the excessive features and general unappealing nature of their face. 3:10

  • Didn’t the jfk files get declassified recently and it had a picture of hitler in Argentina and old this video needs to do a update

  • Apparently you're Biblically illiterate, as well–a lot of the Bible and the people recorded in it weren't set in or from Africa–the Middle East (Israel, for instance) is the primary setting of a lot of it. Middle skin tone was what most Biblical people probably were, though there were people from Africa and other locations recorded as well.

  • Oh yeah the history channel the channel that doesn't give a shit about history just aliens

  • awwww…did someone at the history channel pee in someone's bong? or did someone NOT get a part in a show?

  • LMAO I stopped watching the history channel back in 2011 when the fake reality shows started coming on

  • Idiocracy.
    Like early 00s with 'operation lune moon' with the Kubrick theory…was just a joke.

  • And there is all the reasons why I don’t watch it anymore. Once they stopped airing programs like modern marvels that had actual factual information the Channel became useless. Same goes for TLC, and discovery. I don’t know why TLC doesn’t change their name to TRC the reality channel, and I don’t know why discovery doesn’t change his name to the lawbreaker channel because they air shows like street outlaws and moonshiners. And even those are fake because the law-enforcement doesn’t actually come after them because they’re getting paid not to. Whatever happened to the days when we could just have A good documentary Siri’s with true info, and good dramatizations of historical events?

  • Yes, the thought of Jesus being white is as stupid as the modern "Black Jesus" crap lol. HE'S A HEBREW IDIOT'S. No sorry, there are no black or white Hebrews, that's fact.

  • If conspiracy theories scare you this much just dont watch them. You dont have to crusade against them. It makes you look like a tool.

  • Completely agree on everything except for the Hitler one the odds of him actually getting away are really good he evidence we had the body was ruined by idiot Russians to the pint we had to go off of hand drawn dental records. Most likely it was not Hitler but a double the Russians were desperate for good press and wanted to be the ones who got Hitler after their terrible performance at war. Hell Stalin thought he got away Father Krespi was most likely person to be Hitler at least in my mind

  • Half the things in this video is just reused content from their previous videos is that all this channel is or?

  • Jesus Christ these watchmojo rip-offs make watchmojo look like citizen Kane

  • It was not Hitler that former SEALs and Special Forces znd CIA were looking for . They were looking for Zoran Djindjic or some other global revolutionary chief. Locations and groups were important as possible hiding/OP center places.

  • Hitler DID escape to south america. Done watching this bullshit.

  • why isnt this video a series with a couple thousand episodes?

  • not even "minorities" want to watch minorites

  • How is it offensive to say that Adolf Hitler escaped? Because all the evidence certainly points to that

  • Operation paperclip is deeply offensive and actual treason… asking about Hitler when his body was never found isn't offensive what so ever.

  • 'ALL OF THE…'
    It is as believable as Clinton's Russia allegations.
    Or could Killary also be an 'ancient alien'?

  • That video was so trash bro ur a complete idiot. Open ur mind a bit dumbass

  • Wow…you are so wrong here!  But not a surprise.

  • All of you ever watching The Daily Show thinking it was "news"…

  • You pushed as many lies in this video as the History Channel.
    Deceptive..the whole lot of you…
    PS You used NG as a source,they are worse than the History channel,they are still PAID to push Marijuana as being "the devil's lettuce"

  • You certainly do have quite the agenda…….

  • "Crack" team of investigators. Meaning: They all smoke crack together and dream up ways to get government grants to make History Channel shows.

  • hunting hitler is so fucking annoying. they repeat this sqhit all the time and its spreading false information

  • History channel what a joke with there reality tv crap back to back.

  • i disagree aliens 👽 we're part of of our lives and our history how else do you explain why the pyramids or these ancient structures we're made the pyramids are made with mega tons of granite there was an experiment with our equipment to put Mega tons of granite on a truck guess what the truck bed was crushed Like a soda can and also it was experimented alot of people try to pick up a Mega tons of granite when they finally picked it up the Mega ton of granite fell on them killing alot of people and another thing many people mistaken visitation's as religious experience this is coming from a man who is a strong believer in god

  • and also visitation's of god but everyone in ancient times mistook those visitation's as religious experience but they were infact extraterrestrials all these stuff like the plagues like god wanting us to go to war or even Abraham almost sacrificing his son and an Angel stopped him and even the great flood had to be extraterrestrial incounter than a religious experience plus god created the universe god created us so why is it far fetched that he also created extraterrestrials anyone's a fool to think we're The only creatures around this is coming from a guy who believes in god

  • At least they got the Devil right.

  • Joe did offer Jackie one million dollars not to divorce JFK. She was tired of his playing around on her. That's not made up for the movie.

  • Of course Eustis isn't broke. He's doing a reality show and getting paid.

  • History Channel is just a notch below TLC ,both were great at one time ,now its complete white trash garbage . Its a sickening statement on American society ,the number of people who watch and believe the garbage pumped out by these channels is slowly out numbering the smart people . I guess this is the same way Trump got voted in as your President !

  • Take a good look this is what u call American propaganda.

  • There's certain historical theories that are somewhat plausible, like the Ancient Aliens theory, though they're unlikely, these theories can't really be ruled out.

  • well they did at least prove in hunting hitler that a lot of high ranking Nazis did in fact escape to south America and in terms of what they showed about the Nazi attempts at creating an a bomb were more than just pipe dreams and that Nazi escapees were actively shielded by the pro Nazi authoritarian regimes in south and central America who utilized high ranking Nazis for their own governments that's not the first time that or any of the other stuff they provide evidence for has been brought up in academic circles even if that show didn't conclusively prove that hitler got away it did show all the evidence of multiple rat ways out of Nazi Germany that many Nazis took advantage to escape and control the places they fled to in high numbers just because they weren't able to say for certain that hitler got away they did show that there is in fact a lot more to the story than most people would be willing to agree with when reality shows how uncomfortable truths like still radioactive Nazi tunnels and thousands of some the worst war criminals ever going free in Nazi communities in south America for their twilight years with descendants of theirs still their is something people don't like to grapple with

  • Walking with Monsters
    Walking with Dinosaurs
    Walking with Beasts
    Only ones i ever watched as a wee little lad

  • What movie was that from at 6:15?

  • you cant believe the FBI reports but you can believe what the Soviets said about Hitler. You’re offensive Grunge, not the History Channel.

  • Curse of oak island and "the treasures" they presumably look for, sounds like a kid making stuff up. I said to my friends who watched that garbage: "do they ever going to find this treasure?"
    Never got a response. Maybe next time when they're watching it, I'll them again.

  • I’m glad I am an intelligent man and never fell for my highly produced and acted shows…it’s like “the Curse of oak Island”, hello how many times can u look for stuff on this small patch of land…and what they find is planted and highly produced…sad sad sad…I liked it better when they gave kudos and respect for those that served in wars to make this country gr8…Discovery is a joke! And I can’t stand killing of my animals…

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