Friday, April 6, 2012
Lying About the Past
Probably would have made for a better April 1 lead-in post, but sadly there are a lot of folks taking David Barton seriously. He is popping up everywhere these days. Here he is from last May using The Daily Show to spread his views. Barton is apparently the one responsible for all those bogus founding fathers quotes being spread over Facebook and other Internet sharing websites. When called on these unconfirmed quotations, Barton said in his defense that they were "consistent" with the "views" of the Founding Fathers. His recent book on Jefferson is garnering a lot of attention. An historian tries to sum up the Barton Factor, after watching the interview with Jon Stewart. This sounds like the Dunning School all over again.