In 2010, David Barton hooked up with Glenn Beck, becoming a recurring guest "historian" on Beck's Fox News TV show and appearing at a number of Beck's events, gaining a much larger audience for his historical lies. In response, I began posting a video series on the Huffington Post, debunking the lies told by Barton on Beck's show. Although this video series is a few years old, it is still completely current. Barton is still telling the same lies debunked in these videos, with most of them also appearing in The Jefferson Lies, and Glenn Beck continues to be Barton's biggest promoter and defender, even vowing to republish The Jefferson Lies after the book was pulled by Thomas Nelson because of its historical inaccuracy. (Text versions/transcripts for most of these videos can be found by clicking on the titles above the videos to go to the original posts on the Huffington Post.)
No, Mr. Beck, John Adams Did Not Think Governments Must be Administered by the Holy Ghost
No, Mr. Beck, Jefferson Did Not Date His Documents "In the Year of Our Lord Christ"
On his August 6, 2010 "Restoring History" show, Glenn Beck scoffed at my post on the Huffington Post that contained the above video debunking David Barton's lie about Thomas Jefferson dating his documents "in the year of our Lord Christ." Barton responded by making his lie even bigger, claiming that Jefferson dated "thousands" of documents in this way.
No, Mr. Beck, That Wasn't 'Some Professor' -- That Was Me
No, Mr Beck, Our Constitution is Not Based on the Book of Deuteronomy
Because of my "No, Mr. Beck" series, I ended up on Countdown with Keith Olbermann when Glenn Beck launched his online university,"Beck U," featuring "Professor" David Barton as the instructor for the first class, "Faith 101."
"Profesor" Barton's next Beck University class, "Faith 102," contained many of his most popular lies, six of which I debunked in this post:
Debunking Beck University's Faith 102 with 'Professor' David Barton
These are the six videos from that post, each debunking a different lie:
David Barton's lie that more than half the signers of the Declaration of Independence were ministers
David Barton's lie that Thomas Jefferson sent Christian missionaries to evangelize the Indians
David Barton's lie that Benjamin Franklin chose to begin a treaty in the name of the trinity
David Barton's lie that Thomas Jefferson told the Marine Band to play at church services
David Barton's lie about why the Danbury Baptists wrote to Thomas Jefferson
David Barton's lie that Thomas Jefferson started church services at the Capitol
Another of Barton's Beck University lies -- the one where Peter Muhlenberg rips of his clerical robes to reveal a Revolutionary Army uniform and recruits over three hundred soldiers on the spot from his church's congregation -- is debunked in "Debunk U" Study Guide -- Lesson 1