Skip to comments.SPLiCing the Facts
Posted on 05/08/2009 9:16:12 AM PDT by bs9021
SPLiCing the Facts by: Bethany Stotts, May 08, 2009
The mainstream media should reevaluate where it gets its source material on hate crimes, and soon.
In my article, Right-Wing Extremism Explored, I wrote that the oft-criticized Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report was influenced by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). David E. Smith, Executive Director of the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), asked this correspondent what role the SPLC played in such profiling, since his own organization was listed as a hate group by the SPLC for being anti-gay.
While the SPLC may be embraced by mainstream media outlets such as CNN and the New York Times, its research is of questionable scholarship. In 2003, Chip Berlet wrote for the SPLCs Intelligence Report that an array of right-wing foundations and think tanks support efforts to make bigoted and discredited ideas respected. He categorized the American Enterprise Institute, the free-market Ludwig von Mises Institute and the Free Congress Foundation, among others, as bigoted because of their policy stances.
(The late Paul Weyrich headed the Free Congress Foundation at the time of Berlets writing).
The left-wing SPLCs hate groups map lists conservative organizations such as IFI, the DC-based Traditional Values Coalition and Catholic Family Ministries, Inc. as hate groups alongside Ku Klux Klan chapters and the New Black Panther Party. The only differentiation between them is their particular hate category, and labels on this can range from Christian Identity to Black Separatist, Ku Klux Klan, Radical Traditionalist Catholic, Antigay, and General Hate, among others.
Recently SPLCs founder Morris Dees praised the aforementioned DHS report, saying the results sync up pretty much....
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