What Original Source Did David Barton Use for His Louis L’Amour Story?

Remember this?Barton said he got his story about elementary school kids threatening an intruder in a one-room Old West school from a novel by Louis L'Amour. L'Amour was an Americana fiction writer who in 1986 provided Barton with some historical material he used in 2013.I thought of Barton's use of that third hand source yesterday when his son Tim told Gateway Church representative Kerry Wood that Wallbuilders only uses original sources for their materials. Barton said professors just … [Read more...]

Information and Misinformation on Gender Dysphoria from Wallbuilders and the American College of Pediatricians, Part One

Tuesday on Wallbuilders Live, Dr. Michelle Cretella represented tiny pediatric breakaway group the American College of Pediatricians. She briefly discussed the organization's position paper on responding to gender identity issues. In doing so, she said something which caught my irony sensor. It also occurred to me, as it repeatedly has in the discussion of gender dysphoria, how difficult it is to avoid taking extreme positions.Listen to her response to a question from host Rick Green about … [Read more...]

David Barton Inflates Numbers for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women

Yesterday, David Barton's Wallbuilders radio program hosted Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians. Barton and his co-host Rick Green once mistakenly called ACP the "leading association" of pediatricians.Cretella was on the program to tout the ACP's stance on transgender issues; I may have more to say about her interview in subsequent posts. However, after the interview, Barton made a claim which he offered as a way to say women should not be in combat. At … [Read more...]

With David Barton as Principal Officer, Non-Profit Mercury One Again Gave $100k to Barton’s Wallbuilders For Disaster Relief

Deja vu all over again. As was true in 2013, Mercury One with David Barton as principal officer and one of three board members gave $100k to David Barton's Wallbuilders non-profit. Again in 2014, Barton is listed as Mercury One's principal officer:And as last year, Barton is one of three board members along with Beck associate Joseph Kerry and Beck's wife Tania.This year Barton got a 4% raise:See last year's post for the possible problems with this.Last year the funds … [Read more...]

Wallbuilders Live: David Barton is America’s Premier Historian

Last week, co-host of David Barton's radio show Wallbuilders Live Rick Green started introducing Barton as "America's premier historian." Listen"Green also introduces Barton with this description on May 10 and 16. He adds the title historian to the introduction of Barton's son Tim.I suspect historians and regular readers would not choose that phrase to describe Barton (e.g., how many premier historians have their books pulled from publication over historical errors?). In fact, that … [Read more...]

David Barton and Wallbuilders Double Down on The Jefferson Lies Accusations

In his new edition of The Jefferson Lies, David Barton claimed that I recruited Jay Richards to find Christian historians who would engage in a campaign against him. That charge is still false.I denied the charge in a post here and in a review on The Jefferson Lies Amazon page.Today someone at Barton's organization, Wallbuilders, replied to my review with an accusation that I told one story in the review and another story to some undisclosed persons. See below: I then … [Read more...]

With David Barton as Principal Officer, Non-Profit Mercury One Gave $100k to Barton’s Wallbuilders

Sometime in 2013, Mercury One, a non-profit founded by Glenn Beck but run by principal officer David Barton, gave $100,000 to Barton's Wallbuilders, also a non-profit run by Barton. Such gifts appear to be questionable under IRS guidelines addressing gifts which benefit insiders.Barton founded and is head of Wallbuilders, and was recently tapped to run the Keep the Promise group of Super PACs with over $38 million to spend supporting Ted Cruz.On Mercury One's 2013 990 form, Barton is … [Read more...]

How David Barton Speaks to 400 Groups per Year

David Barton frequently claims that he speaks to over 400 groups per year. Once he said he spoke to over 600 different groups per year. Given the number of days in a year and his other activities, this seems like a fantastic claim. After reading a document from his defamation lawsuit, I now think I know how he gets to this number.In 2012, Barton sued two candidates for the Texas Board of Education for defamation, Judy Jennings, and Rebecca Bell-Metereau. The case was settled out of court in … [Read more...]