The Post’s first line in a web article today (“Looking for God in the Colorful World of America’s Christian Entertainment Destinations”) regurgitated the Internet myth that the state of Kentucky helped construct the Ark: “[it was] built by a fundamentalist Christian ministry in rural Kentucky with the help of state tax incentives.” Putting aside the use of the loaded word fundamentalist and their pointing out the fact that the Ark is located in a rural (read: backward) part of Kentucky, it is an absolutely false statement that any tax dollars built the Ark.
Watch this video clip of the press conference I held at the Ark’s ribbon cutting on July 5 where I addressed this false claim (for the umpteenth time), with 160 media representatives in attendance:
Now, if you don’t believe me, listen to a Kentucky state official who declared on radio that the state has not paid a dime to build the Ark (the official also explains the nature of the tax incentive involved); fast forward to 23:52 and then 29:20.
With the Washington Post, we have yet another remarkable instance of misreporting by the mainstream media, and a major outlet at that. We took a poll of the Ark staff, and not one of them was interviewed by the Post for its story on us. A simple phone call is a basic part of reporting and may have prevented the Post from publishing this significant error, which will now be widely circulated . . . and the Internet myth will continue.