Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wild Growth in Extremist, Anti-Government Groups in America… Or Is There?

Wild Growth in Extremist, Anti-Government Groups in America… Or Is There?

Without having any substantive proof of its claims, once again the Old Media takes the word of The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group that says right-wing hate groups are on the rise in the United States of America. Worse that Old Media outlet, Agence France Presse, simply takes this group’s press release, re-words it a bit and regurgitates it as if it were straight news. Typically, contrary to good journalistic practice, there is no second source to prove that these “hate” groups are on the rise. What’s more is that the SPLC’s claims are taken as gospel year in and year out by every Old Media outlet, not just the AFP.


Even more ridiculously, the SPLC has named the blog of blogger Pamela Geller of New York as a “hate group.”

Geller is most well known for her efforts to stop the Ground Zero Mosque from being built on the grounds where 19 Islamofascists killed 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. Of her inclusion on a “hate group” list, Geller told the New York Daily News that the SPLC, “failed to address the greatest threat to our national security.”

“My group is a human rights group,” she said. “And these people are taken seriously? This is the morally inverted state of the world.”

Who has double-checked the veracity of these proclamations by the SPLC? Who has made sure that what the SPLC claims is a hate group really satisfies universally to deserve such an appellation? No one has.


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