Thursday, August 09, 2012

David Barton’s bad week gets worse: Book pulled from shelves

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David Barton
David Barton

It’s a bad time to be Christianist pseudo-historian David Barton right about now. Not only are more and more actual experts lining up to tear him a new one every other week, and not only did NPR just publish an absolutely devastating profile examining Barton’s fraudulent history and pathologically dishonest responses to his critics, but to top it all off, the publisher of his recent compendium of historical falsehoods, the ironically named The Jefferson lies, has now announced they are yanking the book only five months after publication:

The Thomas Nelson publishing company has decided to cease publication and distribution of David Barton’s controversial book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson, saying it has “lost confidence in the book’s details.” […]

Casey Francis Harrell, Thomas Nelson’s director of corporate communications, told me the publishing house “was contacted by a number of people expressing concerns about [The Jefferson Lies].” The company began to evaluate the criticisms, Harrell said, and “in the course of our review learned that there were some historical details included in the book that were not adequately supported. Because of these deficiencies we decided that it was in the best interest of our readers to stop the publication and distribution.”

Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving Liar for JesusTM.

(via Right Wing Watch)