It did not take long to find this on the web. Seems SPLC has a more than a few people who don’t like them.
It is sadly ironic that New York Times reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis thought she could illuminate the character of NumbersUSA head Roy Beck by consulting Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose serial efforts to assassinate the character of those who want to limit immigration show the ethics and subtlety of a $100 hit man.
The result was not fit to print, particularly this paragraph, which is fit to be stuffed, mounted, and hung in the newspaper Hall of Shame.
“He’s played footsie with extremists all along,” said the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich, the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups. Even as she described Mr. Beck as a “completely nice guy,” Ms. Beirich said that “in a way, what Beck does is, he provides cover for the bad guys.”
The inference this invites is clear. Hirschfeld is consulting Beirich. Beirich tracks hate groups. Ipso facto, mirabile dictu, and holy mackerel, Roy Beck must be running a hate group!
As for the concession that he’s a nice guy, on the basis of my work tracking the malicious, reckless Beirich and her pals, I’d bet Hirschfeld Davis had to pry that out of her with a crow bar…
A followup article here: More on Roy Beck and What Was Not Reported in the NYT
This is not the first time I have encountered bad press on SPLC.