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Will the Media Stop Relying on Terrorist Enablers?

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?

You can read the full letter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

James O’Keefe Rips Katie Couric’s Deceptive Editing

For years, every time James O’Keefe releases a new video exposé, he has been accused of selectively editing the targets to make them look bad. He routinely releases the full, un-edited recordings of his exploits, a standard never applied to traditional news organizations to no avail.

On Wednesday, the Washington Free Beacon published raw audio of the interview provided to them by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a Second Amendment advocacy organization.

As you can see for yourself int the video, the raw audio reveals that Katie Couric engaged in exactly the same sort of deceptive editing that liberal outlets routinely accuse O’Keefe of perpetrating.

Given the media hounding O’Keefe has faced over false accusations of deception, how do you expect these same organizations to react now that Couric and her team have been caught red handed? If you said, “they’ll ignore it because Couric is pushing gun control,” congratulations; you’re appropriately cynical.

Media Matters, which currently has 20 pages of articles on O’Keefe, has written nothing about Couric’s deception. The only piece I could find about Couric’s Under the Gun at the “media watchdog” site blasts NRA News’ Cam Edwards for questioning Couric’s journalistic integrity. I think they owe him an apology.

At the New York Times, the allegations are downplayed to “site claims” as if no evidence were offered of Couric’s deception. The writers are sure to note the news was broken by a “conservative news site” and explain to their audience that the Free Beacon audio only “seemed to differ from the video shown in the documentary” as if Couric’s edits weren’t obvious.

Rather than call a spade a spade, the Times subjugates itself to the narrative, carrying Under the Gun director Stephanie Soechtig’s absurd editing spin virtually unchallenged.

https://twitter.com/soderstrom/status/735831497668763649

If you believe this edit was just unintentional and it’s just a coincidence that it made the VCDL members look stumped, I’ve got a bridge to sell you; give me a call.