We recently wrote Ticket Sales for Hambo’s Ark — September 2018, in which we said that based on information attained through the Kentucky Open Records Act (KORA) about the safety tax of $.50 (fifty cents) paid to the City of Williamstown for each ticket sold, the paid attendance at Ark Encounter was down almost 17% from the prior year.
The press reported about it too, based on the same information. We knew there would be a reaction from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, and now we have it. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Media Bias—Again! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
There are times I just get so tired of the secular media’s bias against Christians! Actually, what the secular media does a lot in politics (spread misinformation) has been done against Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and Ark for many years. Take this latest article about supposed Ark attendance republished by the The Cincinnati Enquirer (see photo):
Hambo provides an unreadable pic of the newspaper’s article, but no link. We couldn’t find it at the newspaper’s website, but it doesn’t matter. Hambo is furious, and he says:
The paper did not talk to me as CEO (or, as far as I know, never asked to talk to me) before printing this misleading and erroneous attack piece against the Ark.
They didn’t need to talk to Hambo. They had the actual attendance figures that he had been reporting. But Hambo has several more objections, and here they come:
Ark attendance was actually up for the second year of operation. [Really?] This article was previously published in another Kentucky secular paper (Lexington Herald-Leader) in October when we still had nine months to go to calculate the overall attendance for the third year!
We found that article: Ark Encounter has been ‘very busy,’ founder says. Admission numbers show decline. It’s based on the same information we wrote about. Hambo’s rant isn’t over yet. He tells us:
The “safety tax” that the city of Williamstown imposed on the Ark cannot be used as a basis for calculating an accurate attendance count, as they have done.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s probably thinking of the excuse he’s given before about people with lifetime passes who don’t pay for tickets each time they visit, and toddlers who get in free with their parents. But there’s still a 17% drop in paid attendance. The rant continues:
The ultimate source for this article is not AiG but local atheists who have continued to voice their disdain/hatred against the Ark (and Creation Museum) and do all they can to spread misinformation in their failed attempts to undermine the phenomenal success of the Ark and Museum attractions.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But he doesn’t dispute the safety tax he paid, which is the basis for the articles. Let’s read on:
Such an attack piece is misguided [But is it accurate?] in that it does not hurt the Ark but it can hurt the city of Williamstown. I could understand if, after reading this, commercial developers become skittish about developing hospitality venues (which are sorely needed) in Williamstown.
But commercial developers need accurate information before they invest in what might be a sinking ship (so to speak). Hambo’s next paragraph, that faith-based tourism is booming in Northern Kentucky, is irrelevant to the Ark’s ticket sales, so we’ll skip it. Now we come to the end:
Yes, I know, we should be used to this as Christians! However, there are times when I, once again, warn people about trusting anything published in secular newspapers. Think about it — if this publication gets it so wrong about the Ark in this article, does that not warn us that all their articles are probably error-prone to one degree or another? It’s disappointing that our local media (The Cincinnati Enquirer) would stoop to this level — but they’ve done it before, and sadly I suspect they will do it again.
So there you are. We have one question: Hey, Hambo — if the press got it all wrong, then give us the correct information. What were the ark’s paid attendance figures for September, compared to the same period last year?
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