Provocateur Journalism

CNN uncritically publishes a list of “hate groups” compiled by the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center.

When a news organization reports an impending weather event based on forecasts from the National Weather Service, or warns of potential seismic activity anticipated by the U.S. Geological Survey, or alerts the public concerning an infectious-disease outbreak being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no one questions the news organization’s motives, because the underlying information is factual and derived from a reliable, nonpartisan, and authoritative source.

CNN presents itself as a news organization, yet today it posted a dubious storytitled “Here are all the active hate groups where you live,” based entirely on data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is not the equivalent of the National Weather Service, the USGS, or CDC, to put it mildly. It is risible for CNN to recite SPLC data uncritically, with no additional validation, as a credible list of “domestic hate groups,” let alone to describe SPLC’s data as “widely accepted.” As I recently chronicled in City Journal, the SPLC is far from a reliable, nonpartisan, and authoritative source.

  • canminuteman

    They aren’t really lying. You just have to realize that the definition of hate group is “two or more people who disagree with us”.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    What’s the category of “general hate group” even mean?
    Why are the largest number of hate groups the black hate groups?

    • The Deplorable Rosenmops

      And if Christian groups are listed because they don’t like gays, why aren’t Muslim groups (who want to kill gays) listed?

      Maybe the general hate groups just hate everyone equally.

      • shasta

        “just hate everyone equally”
        This definitely increases your chances of being on the right side of any factual dispute.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    This really is outrageous. CNN’s dozens of viewers are being misled.

  • simus1

    All of the lefts fellow travellers are accepted and are protected by the MSM no matter how depraved and criminal their backgrounds. All conservative opponents of the left are unacceptable because they can’t prove they exceed the left’s high moral standards – which are applied only to their political enemies.