Nearly fifty individuals representing dozens of organizations penned an open letter to the media imploring them to stop relying on dangerous propaganda produced by The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), “a discredited, left-wing, political activist organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with a ‘hate group’ label … that is not only false and defamatory, but that also endangers the lives of those targeted with it.”
According to the letter, the SPLC “evolved from laudable origins battling the Klan in the 1970’s,” but became corrupted after realizing the “profitability of defamation.” The group has amassed a massive $319,283,961 endowment which includes more than $69 million in offshore investments.
The same media that blamed Sarah Palin for the shooting of former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, has been oddly reluctant to condemn the SPLC. Unlike map put out by SarahPAC, which even the New York Times had to admit–six years too late–had noting to do with Giffords’ shooting, the SPLC’s “hate map” was used by a domestic terrorist to plan a deadly shooting spree. Floyd Lee Corkins told investigators he targeted the Family Research Center because the SPLC said they were “anti-gay.” He had planned to “kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims’ faces” had his assault not been cut short by a heroic security guard.
I’m not saying the SPLC should be censored, but the media should stop pretending its a credible source of information. The FBI dumped the organization as a “trusted resource” back in 2014; it’s time the media followed their lead. Or do reporters really believe Ben Carson is a dangerous extremist?