May
05
2011

NYT's Easy Ride for Christian Right Propagandist

Today's New York Times profile of Christian right propagandist David Barton reports on how the self-styled historian wields a great deal of influence in conservative and Christian nationalist circles, spreading his gospel that the U.S. was founded on Christian principles. The Times' Erik Eckholm reports that "many historians call his research flawed" and that "liberal organizations are raising the alarm over what they say are Mr. Barton's dangerous distortions," and he quotes Baylor University critic Derek H. Davis, who says that Barton's work includes "a lot of distortions, half-truths and twisted history." So Eckholm tells us that Barton has critics […]

May
05
2010

Historical Fraudster a Regular on Glenn Beck's Show

Glenn Beck says progressives are trying to "fundamentally transform the country" by rendering the Constitution "irrelevant" ("In 1920, they stopped studying the Constitution in law school and started studying case law!"), and by expunging from history the role "religion and morals" played in our founding. On his April 28 show, Beck announced the launch of Founders Fridays segment, a special feature by which Beck intends to counter these progressive lies with…the truth: Every Friday is going to be Founders' Fridays on the program, at least for the next month. And if nobody watches, well, then, we'll keep doing it anyway. […]