Friday, May 6, 2011

Commentary Tidbits: David Barton Edition

Between a recent front-page article in the New York Times and an appearance on the May 4th edition of The Daily Show, right-wing historian David Barton has been in the media spotlight this week. The progressive blogosphere has been abuzz about Barton's media coverage, so for your reading pleasure, I have included several commentary pieces on Barton below.

Mother Jones: GOP's Favorite Fake Historian Spins the New York Times

Talking Points Memo: Jon Stewart Spars With Social Conservative David Barton Over Church And State 

Politicus USA: Jon Stewart Skewers David Barton’s Historical Pretensions

Religion Dispatches: Why Won't David Barton Submit to Peer Review?

Chris Rodda at the Huffington Post: Do Well By Doing Good

Talk to Action: David Barton and Jon Stewart: Mainstreaming the American Dolchsto├člegende

SPLC Hatewatch: David Barton: Extremist "Historian" for the Christian Right

Right Wing Watch: David Barton Lies to Jon Stewart on Sharia Law Views

Right Wing Watch: Fact Checking Barton, Parts I, II, III, IV, and V


  1. Just goes to show that anyone who cow tows to the Religious Right and supports their agenda will immediately be elevated to authority status. How else does one explain the popularity of Glenn Beck, Pat Robertson, and David Barton? All one has to do is loudly proclaim that the Emperor's clothes are exquisite while pretending he's not as naked as a jaybird.

    Thanks for the links, Ahab. Educational and maddening as always. : )

  2. Pretty amazing BS. -- The Declaration is just a listing of sermons folks had been hearing in church.

    You're right to give him his own edition.

  3. Cognitive Dissenter -- Thanks. I'm glad your found them edifying.

    Donna Banta -- I'd like to set aside some time this weekend and give him his own post too.


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