If it seems like I do a post like this at least once a week, it’s because I do. More accurately, it’s because David Barton tells a lie at least once a week and Warren Throckmorton usually catches him at it. The latest is his dishonest attempt to defend his claim that the Bible says there will never be an AIDS vaccine. Here’s what Barton had to say:
The headlines came out and said, for the first time ever an HIV vaccine shows success in trial. Oh my gosh, I guess there is, I guess I must have misinterpreted the Bible, cause the Bible’s true, and then six weeks later, they came out with this that says, NIH halts trial of HIV vaccine after it fails to work. The newspaper said it worked but none of the medical evidence said that it worked. So they still don’t have a cure.
Leaving aside the fact that a vaccine is not the same thing as a cure, Throckmorton points out the lie:
The problem with Barton’s presentation is that the second headline didn’t come out “six weeks later.” Rather it came out four years later in 2013 and was about an entirely different attempt to create a vaccine.
The Yahoo News article Barton referred to (the second headline) is only available via Internet Archives and is dated April 26, 2013. The Yahoo article linked to the NIH announcement that the HVTN 505 clinical trial had been halted. The HVTN 505 trial results had nothing to do with the earlier success of RV 144. The RV 144 trial was reported in 2009, the same year that the HVTN 505 started.
At this point, I’m not sure Barton ever tells the truth about anything at all.