As a number of other blogs have reported, David Barton has filed a defamation lawsuit against Judy Jennings and Rebecca Bell-Metereau, two former candidates for the Texas State Board of Education back in 2010, and a writer named W.S. Smith, who wrote an article on examiner.com titled “Exposing David Barton,” also back in 2010.
Barton is going after Jennings and Bell-Metereau over a YouTube campaign ad that said he has spoken to white supremacist groups (which is true), and Smith for calling him an admitted liar, referring to that list of “Unconfirmed Quotations” he put out after being called on his use of spurious quotes.
The question here is why Barton is going after these particular people over these particular statements at this particular time. None of these people said anything that hasn’t been said many times before by other, much more prolific Barton critics, and neither the campaign ad nor the examiner.com article even caused a blip on the radar screen. Why isn’t Barton going after PFAW’s Right Wing Watch, or Americans United, or ME?
I’m feeling a bit left out here. I’ve worked very hard to spread the word that Barton is a liar. I even wrote a whole book calling him a liar, have put out countless blog posts and videos calling him a liar, and have called him a liar on a national cable news show. What else do I have to do to get him to sue ME?
I only got a consolation prize in his lawsuit. I am mentioned in it, if only by my last name, because W.S. Smith mentioned me and linked to my website in his examiner.com article, saying of my videos, “Rodda discusses her brief meeting with Barton and his subsequent lies about her, their meeting and what she believes. In the videos she systematically tears down the wall built by Barton and exposes his lies for what they are,” a statement that is quoted in the lawsuit.
So I ask again, what else do I have to do to get Barton to sue ME? Suggestions anyone?