Today I posted this to Mike Bara's new blog:
"You have incorrect information about Farouk El-Baz, Secretary of the Apollo landing site selection cttee. If he was the powerful progenitor of Egyptian God worship you say he was, how come only ONE of the six Apollo landing sites satisfied your so-called 'Ritual Alignment Model' (Apollo 12)? You'd think he could have done better. In fact, considering you and RCH give yourselves 50 chances (5 stars, 5 elevations, perspective from landing site OR Houston) it is, I would say, fairly surprising that you didn't do better by statistical chance.
"The true situation is as follows: Dr El-Baz, as an extremely competent geologist and selenologist, was very influential in landing site selection but did not take the decisions alone. All spacecraft landing site decisions are a compromise between safety and scientific priorities--in other words, there will be people on the committee who will argue for the most scientifically interesting sites, and those who will protest that it's no good targeting a site of prime geological interest if the spacecraft is going to be destroyed by adverse terrain. I personally attended Viking site selection meetings and I know whereof I speak. Dr El-Baz, being a scientist, would obviously have been on the science side of those debates. I don't know, but it's very easy to imagine, that he may have been overruled by safety-minded engineers sometimes, especially for the early missions 11-14.
"Now, as to the timing of the landings, that was not in the purview of El-Baz or his committee at all. In every case, landing times were a trade-off between ideal lighting conditions at the landing site and favorable orientation of planet Earth. Ideally, one of the 85ft dishes at Madrid, Goldstone and Canberra needed to be at or near the sub-lunar longitude for most accurate telemetry. Those decisions were taken by specialists having nothing to do with site selection. Moreover, the actual landing times differed from nominal for a variety of reasons none of which would have been under control of an Egyptian God worshiper. Apollo 11, for example, landed at MET 102:45:40 cf. the nominal 102:47:11. There were worse divergences, too -- sufficient for one of your "ritual" stars to have shifted from its "ritual" elevation.
"So you see, the notion that Dr El-Baz dictated the position and timing of every Apollo landing is a bankrupt idea based on misunderstandings. Will you have an opportunity to correct the information on "Ancient Aliens," and apologize for misleading the 2 million viewers?"