Barton has turned the study of Americaâs Christian roots into a lucrative business, hawking books and video sermons, speaking at churches and political confabs, and scoring a fawning New York Times profile and interviews on the Daily Show. Heâs got friends in high places: âI almost wish that there would be like a simultaneous telecast and all Americans would be forcedâat gunpoint no lessâto listen to every David Barton message,â Mike Huckabee told an Evangelical audience in March of 2011. âI never listen to David Barton without learning a whole lot of new things,â Newt Gingrich told conservatives in Iowa that same month.
Thatâs probably because much of what David Barton writes seems to have originated in David Bartonâs head.
On Thursday, Bartonâs publisher announced that it was recalling Bartonâs newest book, The Jefferson Lies, from stores and suspending publication because it had âlost confidenceâ in the bookâs accuracy. That came one day after NPR published a scathing fact-check of Bartonâs work, specifically his claim that passages of the Constitution were lifted verbatim from the Bible.