Conservative coalition urges media to stop citing liberal group as ‘hate’ authority

September 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A coalition of 47 conservatives has written a letter appealing to the media to stop citing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as an authority on “hate,” calling it “an attack dog of the political left” that slanders traditional conservatives as “extremists.”

In the wake of the race protests and riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, CNN and other media and blogs have cited the SPLC’s “hate map” as a guide to locate “hate groups”and “extremists” across the United States. Many of the map’s entries, such as the Aryan Nation and the Ku Klux Klan, are actually extremist fringe groups espousing racism and anti-Semitism.

However, the highly partisan SPLC mixes in these disreputable outfits (most with very small followings) with dozens of mainstream conservative groups like Family Research Council that oppose the LGBTQ agenda, as well as organizations that oppose unrestrained immigration and radical Islam and sharia law.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    The media doesn’t give a shit about conservative complaints. It may have to take action by the White House or Congress to set things right. Since we already have laws requiring truth in lending and truth in packaging, why not one that requires truth in reporting?

    • I tend to ignore the MSM whenever possible.

      • Alain

        I always do knowing that the truth will always be the exact opposite of what they claim.

    • kkruger71

      But this goes to the core of any issue as far as “hate” goes; hate speech, hate groups, hate crimes. Since all of those definitions are subjective, who gets to define them? As much as I agree with the letter these groups have written I am loathe to put any more power in the hands of the law to determine who gets labeled. Even though everyone freaked out about Trump talking during the campaign about expanding the libel and slander laws, that was one “free speech” issue that I kind of agreed with expanding rules against. I would have no issue with making it madatory that in order to label a person or group as a hate group they would need to have had a conviction against them under the hate laws and anything short of that the person making the claim is libel for a lawsuit.

      • Alain

        You are correct, but this is beyond that. It has to do with refusing to respect the right of protected free speech. I would also oppose conservative groups trying to block and shut down dissenting opinions, but they are not doing that. This is pure marxist totalitarianism that one finds in China, N. Korea, Cuba and other such regimes. It must stop now.

  • Editor

    As long as the SPLC helps support the MSM’s right=bad narrative they’ll keep using it as an unimpeachable source.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The SPLC has nothing to do with either poverty or law.

  • Alain

    Not only are they and all their radical fellow travellers managing to block opposing comments on Twitter and FB, but they are attempting to get MasterCard and Visa to refuse to process funds/donations to conservative organisations. They had a temporary success with PayPal already. Again I ask why are these outfits allowed to do business in a country where they thumb their nose at its laws and constitution. Without government collusion, be direct or by ignoring the breach of constitutional law, they could not.

    • kkruger71

      Add Patreon to that list as well.

  • Gary

    The death at Cville by that Challenger now has some serious questions that may show that Heather was in the wrong spot when the car drove at the silver Toyota.
    A live- stream from the day is now in the hands of the FBI because that Red Honda mini-van was parked there at least 7 minutes before the crash while the Grey Challenger is seen driving East about 2 minutes before it headed North to cut over and head South to ram into the Toyota that rammed into the Honda.
    Not one of the 3 vehicles had the Air Bags deploy.

    Chrysler should demand to see the Challenger and have Engineers find out why
    all of its Air bags didn’t go off. It was a 2011 model with all the usual Air Bags.

    I watched the video and many people at the crash scene seemed like bad actors as extra’s while people screamed for Medics which arrived but were people with a white vest and Red tape in a cross sign.
    It was odd that the driver of the Challenger had the seat belt on when the Air bags would have gone off unless he knew they were deactivated .