Over the last week, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has been everywhere from the Huffington Post to NPR using a titillating tale of Glenn Beck and an old Mormon prophecy about the US Constitution “hanging by a thread” to promote his new book.
At HuffPo, Milbank made the dramatic (if overstated) claim that Beck was using the nineteenth-century “White Horse Prophecy” to send a “coded message to the nation’s six million Mormons.”
But how did Dana Milkbank decode the secret coded language of Mormonism? Does Milbank have “Mo-Dar” (which is like gay-dar, but for LDS folks)?
I picked up a copy of Milbank’s Tears of a Clown to check his sources. And there are none. No footnotes. Only a thank you to his research assistant Emily who “spent hours combing the Web and transcribing Beck oddities and ironies.”
Ah, such are the wages of day-to-day-in-the-trenches religion reporting. Hey, Dana, next time, how about you hook a sister up with a footnote, or a hotlink?