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David Barton Removes Video Claiming He Has 'An Earned Doctorate'

Yesterday, we reported that in response to questions about his claims that he has a Ph.D., right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton released a video insisting that he does, in fact, have "an earned doctorate."

As we and others pointed out, Barton's assertion seemed a little odd since he never actually stated where or when he "earned" his supposed doctorate and the documents in the background to which he pointed were difficult to read, though one clearly came from Pensacola Christian College, from which Barton received an honorary doctorate. The other two documents appear to have come from Ecclesia College and Life Christian University, an unaccredited Christian university that has also awarded Ph.D.s in theology to televangelists like Joyce Meyers and Benny Hinn.

Despite his claims to the contrary, Barton's video did not prove that he has "an earned doctorate" and, instead, simply raised more questions than it supposedly answered. 

And perhaps that is why the video has now been removed from Barton's WallBuilders Facebook page and the video has been made private:

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/7/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/7/16

  • Dennis Prager explains that "leftism is a terminal cancer in the American bloodstream and soul. So our first and greatest principle is to destroy this cancer before it destroys us. We therefore see voting for Donald Trump as political chemotherapy needed to prevent our demise."
  • The American Family Association of Kansas and Missouri, which has been fighting for years to remove a “sexting” statue from an Overland Park, Kansas, arboretum, has had its latest effort dismissed in court.
  • David Lane warns that "Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis' imprisonment last September was just the warmup for our posterity, especially if our nation elects Hillary Clinton as the 45th president of the United States."
  • Richard Viguerie "noted the sad irony of [Phyllis] Schlafly dying just two months before the 2016 election. 'Somewhat like Moses, although she had seen the Republican Party adopt in her words "the most conservative platform ever" and she was unapologetic in her belief that Trump would finally realize her vision and break the kingmakers, Phyllis would not live to see the campaign she inspired win.'"
  • Rob Chambers says "Christians are being unbiblical when they say they are personally opposed to homosexuality but think it’s morally permissible for others. These Christians are really saying they are OK with homosexuals denying God and seeking pleasure in self and going down a path of destruction."
  • Finally, BarbWire's Gina Miller declares that "the militant homofascist movement is a tool used by the enemies of God, truth and freedom to intimidate into silence those who love truth and hold right, moral views on marriage, family and human sexuality. The primary targets of this vile movement are Christians and Christianity, because that is the essence of the true battle being waged on earth. It is a spiritual battle, playing out in the physical realm, between the forces of Satan and God."

David Barton Now Insists That He Has 'An Earned Doctorate'

Last week, we noted that right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton had started insisting that he has a Ph.D. and begun referring to himself as "Dr. David Barton" in an effort to bolster his credentials as his shoddy work comes under constant criticism.

We pointed out that Barton's recent claims that he has earned a Ph.D. conflict with statements he made earlier this year and last year admitting that he doesn't have a Ph.D.

Apparently, the questions about his academic qualifications have gotten under Barton's skin, so he released a video today insisting that he does, in fact, have an "earned doctorate."

"Something I've noticed about progressive and liberals is how careless they are about throwing false claims around," Barton declared, without a hint of irony. "For instance, I was recently on a national television network where I was introduced as having a doctorate, and progressives instantly ran stories proclaiming that I don't have a doctorate."

"That false claim is amusing on so many levels," Barton smirked, saying that his educational records are "fully protected by privacy laws" as he laughably claimed that he has simply "always chosen not to talk about" his academic credentials. 

"Just for the record, I do have an earned doctorate," Barton stated, gesturing to some framed diplomas sitting on a table behind him. "Not only do I have an earned doctorate, I also have two honorary doctors of letters from other colleges."

The degrees displayed behind Barton are difficult to read, but the one to which he seemingly points when claiming that he has "an earned doctorate" is clearly from Pensacola Christian College, which, according to his own biography, is one of the places from which he received an honorary degree:

David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Pensacola Christian College.

To make things even more confusing, Barton then bizarrely added that "according to West Virginia University, a Doctor of Letters degree is reserved only for individuals who have the highest level of knowledge in their chosen subject matter. Hmmmm. So for all of you critics, sorry to pop your balloon, but I do have an earned doctorate."

Barton's reference to West Virginia University came directly from this Reference.com article about honorary degrees! As the WVU website makes clear, a Doctor of Letters degree is purely an honorary designation:

Honorary degrees are conferred honoris causa, a Latin term meaning “for the sake of honor.” Honorary degrees are not Ph.D.s, nor do they entitle the recipient to the same professional privileges as individuals who have earned degrees.

Rather than settling this issue, Barton has just raised more questions, such as when did he supposedly "earn" this doctorate and from where? And why didn't he provide that information in the video instead of just vaguely pointing to difficult to read documents in the background?

Last year, Barton admitted that he did not have a Ph.D. and earlier this year, he confusingly asserted that he both did and did not have a Ph.D. Now he insists that he does in fact have an "earned doctorate." So which it it? If Barton is going to take the time to film a video proving us wrong, the least he can do is provide verifiable information that actually does so.

UPDATE: Warren Throckmorton notes that the other documents featured in the background of Barton's videos appear to have come from two other Christian colleges and neither appears to support his contention that he has earned a doctorate: 

The video appears to have three degrees in the background. The first one appears to be his honorary degree from Pensacola Christian College and the third appears to be from Ecclesia College. The mystery “earned degree” appears to the one which is partially hidden in the background ... Looking closer at it, I think it is a degree from the unaccredited prosperity gospel fave school Life Christian University.

I can’t find a listing of faculty and the doctorates offered are in theology and ministry, not history and/or education. The requirements have no doubt been slipped for some of those distinguished graduates and may have been in Barton’s case. The requirements say that a student must first get a masters and DMin to go for the PhD. Did Barton do that? He has never said he had anything other than a BA from ORU. The school is not accredited by a regional accrediting body which is perhaps why he didn’t name it in his video.

Barton’s smug rebuke depends entirely on what degree he actually has. It appears his degree comes from the same school which awarded Joyce Meyers and Benny Hinn a PhD in theology. The school does not award degrees in history which Barton should have disclosed.

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/6/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/6/16

  • Jan Markell warns that "a Hillary Clinton presidency will speed up the end-times scenario."
  • Jim Garlow warns that President Obama's "betrayal" of Israel might destroy America.
  • Joseph Farah warns that "people who believe the Bible is the Word of God will find themselves under serious persecution in a Hillary Clinton administration."
  • Frank Gaffney remembers Phyllis Schlafly as “in equal parts tough as nails and classily feminine."
  • Chuck Norris says "our forefathers increased and decreased the influx of peoples because America was building a melting pot and because certain ethnicities often brought with them certain securities and degrees of productivity."
  • Finally, Daniel Greenfield explains why the veil must be banned in all its forms: "Muslim women wearing a burka, a hijab or a burkini are pointing a sign at other women. The sign tells Muslim men to harass those other women instead of them. It’s not modesty. It’s the way that Muslim women choose to function as an instrument of Muslim violence against non-Muslim women."

Once Again, Glenn Beck Has Absolutely No Idea What He Is Talking About

On Friday, the FBI released a summary of the interview the agency conducted with Hillary Clinton earlier this summer as part of its investigation into her handling of classified documents during her tenure as secretary of state.

Predictably, Glenn Beck had some thoughts about the revelations contained in this report, but those thoughts were obviously in no way informed by any knowledge of what the report actually said, as he insisted on his radio program today that Clinton told the FBI that she believed that documents marked with the letter "C", which signals that the information is "confidential," simply meant "cookie."

"In her testimony," Beck falsely asserted, "she said, 'I had a concussion and I was very forgetful and confused. I thought 'C' stood for cookie."

"'I thought the "C" stood for cookie,'" Beck insisted, as his co-hosts expressed their disbelief. "Who wants a cookie?"

When one of those co-hosts, Stu Burguiere, pointed out that there is no record of Clinton making any remark of that sort and that this is merely a falsehood being promoted by Donald Trump supporters, Beck insisted—in a very Trumpian way—that he "heard it in CNN" but couldn't remember "who I heard it from."

Clinton, of course, told the FBI nothing of the sort:

Hillary Clinton told the FBI that she thought classification markings in the paragraphs of her emails at the Department of State were to organize messages in alphabetical order, according to the FBI’s newly released report on her private email server.

“When asked what the parenthetical ‘C’ meant before a paragraph within the captioned email, [Clinton] stated she did not know and could only speculate it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order,” read the FBI’s notes from the interview.

The Death Of Glenn Beck's American Dream Labs

Following President Obama's re-election in 2012, an utterly demoralized Glenn Beck realized that half of America was "utterly and completely lost in darkness" and that it would be up to him to single-handedly reform this nation and set it back on its correct course.

To achieve this end, Beck dedicated a week of television programming in early 2013 to announcing the creation of something called The American Dream Labs, a global effort that he said would not only revolutionize news, media and entertainment, but would even discover new forms of energy and new ways of farming.

"Hank Rearden is about to pour some steel," Beck pompously boasted as he revealed plans to build an entirely self-sustaining community called Independence, USA that would provide its own food and energy, produce television and film content, host research and development, and serve as a marketplace for products and ideas, while also housing a theme park and serving as a residential community ... all for a mere $2 billion. 

Independence, USA obviously never made it past the planning stages and by the following year, Beck had shifted his attention toward producing a series of high-quality movies and television shows, intent on transforming himself into a modern-day Walt Disney.

To achieve this, Beck announced that American Dream Labs was beginning production on a stop-motion family program called "History House," as well as a scripted drama series about Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. On top of that, Beck intended to make a film about a gritty warrior Santa Claus tasked with protecting Jesus Christ, along with a Spanish-language film called "The Revolutionary" that was also going to be about Jesus.

In the spring of 2015, Beck hosted a "Keys to the Kingdom" event at his Texas studio where, for a mere $5000, attendees were given behind the scenes access to see the amazing progress that American Dream Labs was making on these new endeavors, especially the "History House" program:

"When we tell the story, we’re going to start in Claymation, and we’re pretty proud of this fact, we get 13 seconds a day out of our shooting. Our days are about 14 hours long, but we get 13 seconds a day. So you know, we’re not cheating on quality, we just are doing it differently. I have some really good brainiacs who have figured out different ways to do things, but the industry norm is seven seconds a week. I don’t have the patience for that," Glenn said.

God had "absolute miracles" in store for Beck's network and these new American Dream Labs projects, Beck assured his audience, telling them to prepare for "success beyond our wildest imagination" because they were about to fundamentally change the American culture and, ultimately, the world. 

"Get ready for big things with American Dream Labs in 2016," Beck promised at the end of last year.

Yet, despite all of his grand intentions and grandiose proclamations, not one of the things that Beck promised ever materialized and on Friday, Beck quietly announced that American Dream Labs was separating from his company:

I have mixed emotions today. 

I’ve spent a lot of time talking to you about American Dream Labs (ADL). ADL has been a true partnership between myself and a unique talent, Ben McPherson. Ben is a brilliant creative. He has also become a friend. 

We often hear there is no such thing as a “good” divorce. I guess in business, that’s not always the case. Ben and I have come to the same conclusion: ADL needs to exist separate and apart from Mercury in order to spread its wings.

ADL wanted to be in Los Angeles where it could be more than “Glenn Beck’s side project.” It wanted and needed the opportunity to build its own brand and identity. We’ve decided to split up the IP/projects and are hopeful that many, if not all of the projects I’ve told you about, will be brought to life either by MRA or ADL respectively.

Who ever would have guessed that an effort by Glenn Beck that began with plans to build a $2 billion Ayn Randian utopia the size of an entire city would end in such a ignominious fashion, having produced seemingly nothing at all.

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/2/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/2/16

  • Michele Bachmann has a dire warning about what will happen to America if Hillary Clinton becomes president: "I don't want to be melodramatic but I do want to be truthful. I believe without a shadow of a doubt this is the last election. This is it. This is the last election."
  • Media Matters is threatening legal action against Fox News over reports that the network, under Roger Ailes, "hired a private investigator in late 2010 to obtain the personal home- and cell-phone records of Joe Strupp, a reporter for the liberal watchdog group Media Matters. "

  • What is wrong with having "taco trucks on every corner"? That would be great! 
  • John Eidsmoe and the Foundation for Moral Law are asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of "persecuted" Christian baker Jack Phillips.
  • Finally, the American Family Association is calling on the NFL to discipline Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem:  "It is important for the NFL to take necessary steps to insure that its players, coaches, and teams show proper respect for our country and our police officers. If Kaepernick is allowed to continue his deeply offensive actions, it will only lead to other such movements by other players in the future."
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