Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Hate Group
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1999 by Evangelist and Christian historian David Barton, WallBuilders is a website dedicated to history from an Evangelical Christian perspective. According to their about page ‘WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built – a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined.”
Funded by / Ownership
WallBuilder Presentations, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that depends on tax-deductible gifts. The website also contains an online store to shop for Wallbuilders’ merchandise. A deep review of the website indicates that they do not share their financial information.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Wallbuilders claims to be a ministry that features a radio show with David Barton, Tim Barton, and Rick Green. The website publishes historical information from a right-wing Christian perspective that often is not factual. They also publish news stories from outside sources such as this: To Better Understand the Constitution, Read Your Bible. Wallbuilders also offers support to President Donald Trump on moral grounds. The majority of news articles published on the website are opinion pieces and therefore not sourced.
WallBuilders has faced criticism as an anti-LGBT hate group as well as anti-Islam and anti-immigration according to the SPLC. Further, David Barton and WallBuilders have been criticized for publishing revisionist, if not false history.
A factual search indicates that David Barton and Wallbuilders have failed some fact checks.
- David Barton says powerful Demcrats teamed with unions to raise money for GOP Speaker Straus – MOSTLY FALSE
- Was the NRA Founded to Protect Black People from the Ku Klux Klan? – FALSE
Overall, we rate Wallbuilders Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda, failed fact checks, and labeling as a hate group by other sources. (D. Van Zandt 10/4/2018)