Mormon scholars are apologists for the BoM. Apologists are basically professional rhetoricians, seeking to uphold a particular belief even in the face of evidence against it.<quoted text>
There is no excuse to lie. I haven't seen this particular author. Thanks for sharing. I'm sorry that this person left you with a distaste for all Mormon scholars.
I love reading apologists' work because it really sharpens your critical thinking skills. They twist words, apply their reasons unevenly, and pull every dirty trick in the book to make their case. Kind of like a trial lawyer arguing that Gacy didn't do it.