On Wednesday, 47 conservative leaders and organizations demanded that news outlets stop making use of data from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to Newsbusters. It's about time.
The leaders, composed of the Family Research Council and signed by Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, published an open letter to the news media explaining why they should cease referencing the leftist SPLC's biased propaganda in their reporting.
“The SPLC is a discredited, left-wing, political activist organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with a ‘hate group’ label of its own invention and application that is not only false and defamatory,” the letter declared, “but that also endangers the lives of those targeted with it.”
The letter referenced Floyd Lee Corkins II, who entered the Family Research Council with firearms five years ago intending to kill everyone there. Corkins had selected the FRC precisely because it was on the SPLC's so-called "Hate Map."
“Corkins intended to kill everyone in the building, and then go on to terrorize additional organizations,” the letter read. “The U.S. Attorney stated in federal court that Corkins targeted FRC and additional targets by using the SPLC website’s ‘Hate Map.’”
Newsbusters has more:
While the networks ignored the use of SPLC’s hate map in that instance, Hollywood and the liberal media routinely cite SPLC data without question. And, in the wake of the Charlottesville violence, the SPLC has only gained steam by attracting big name financial backers.
But the leaders urged that now, more than ever, the media must cut off ties with the SPLC to avoid “another Corkins.”
“We believe the media outlets that have cited the SPLC in recent days have not intended to target mainstream political groups for violent attack, but by recklessly linking the Charlottesville melee to the mainstream groups named on the SPLC website,” the letter continued, “we are left to wonder if another Floyd Lee Corkins will soon be incited to violence.”
“To associate public interest law firms and think tanks with neo-Nazis and the KKK is unconscionable, and represents the height of irresponsible journalism,” the leaders declared. “All reputable news organizations should immediately stop using the SPLC’s descriptions of individuals and organizations based on its own obvious political prejudices.”
To support their letter, the leaders cited both political and media figures debunking the SPLC and highlighted the FBI’s discontinued use of the SPLC as a “trusted source” for Hate Crimes in 2014.
The SPLC's ludicrous, biased, and defamatory list of "hate groups" includes such figures as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Freedom Center's own David Horowitz and Daniel Greenfield. Meanwhile, as Hirsi Ali said, one would look in vain for an SPLC list of Islamic extremists, and the hypocritical news media would never accept a "hate list" that didn't conform to the left's agenda:
“If a national pro-life advocacy organization were to release a map with caricatures of abortionists and title it, ‘Here’s Where the Baby Killers are Located in Your State,’ would the media run the story?” the letter asked. “Would it reprint the map and discuss the location of these ‘pro-death’ doctors throughout the news day? Clearly, it would not."
“Given the above points, and most alarmingly that the SPLC’s ‘hate group’ propaganda has been linked to two terrorist shootings in the D.C. area,” the letter concluded, “we respectfully request that you cease using the SPLC’s data and its various lists and maps in your reporting.”