CNN Already Back to Credulously Citing SPLC Hate Group Lists

Mary Katharine Ham, Hot Air, March 6, 2013

The same organization’s lists from which a crazed, politically motivated shooter bent on mass murder picked a peaceable, mainstream, socially conservative non-profit on which to attempt massacre? Yep, same lists.

The number of American “patriot” extremist groups has reached a record level, according to a new study, and experts are warning of a wave of anti-government violence.

A report released Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center counted 1,360 “patriot” extremist groups in 2012—up by 7% from 2011. The study defines patriot groups as anti-government militias driven by their fear that authorities will strip them of their guns and liberties.

“They believe the Constitution is being raped. With hate groups, things are going to get worse because they feel like they’re in battle,” said David Gletty a former FBI informant who spent time undercover with various militia and extremist groups. “It’s not surprising with their hatred of President (Barack) Obama that there are even more hate groups out there.”

The study said California has the most patriot extremist groups, with 81.

Pardon me if this next paragraph makes me question the methodology:

The SPLC report also offers a bit of good news: The number of “immigrant-bashing” extremist groups—so-called nativism organizations—is way down from 2011, falling by 88%.

So, the total number of “hate” groups is going up 7 percent while nativist organizations are going down a whopping 88 percent? Either the statistics are full of it, there were only six nativist groups to begin with, or we have the most tolerant extremist haters in the world, even though you’d assume the issue of comprehensive immigration reform might stir up such sentiment, not reduce it.

All right, so the report isn’t entirely credulous, even though the lede was. Let’s meet some of the people SPLC classifies as dangerous extremists:

But Jesse Walker, of the Reason Foundation and author of an upcoming book, “The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory,” said counting groups isn’t a good way to measure the threat. “It’s dubious to assume growth in numbers is related to violence.”

Also, the center’s definition of hate groups has changed in the past year, kicking up a controversy. Critics accused the group of unfairly bundling together organizations with vastly different points of view—and painting them all as potentially violent.

For example a North Carolina-based group calling itself “Granny Warriors” appears on the SPLC list of active “patriots.”

But founder Linda Hunnicutt says her organization is harmless.

“I am deadly!” she joked. “I’m 74 years old. I have COPD. I have congestive heart failure. I’m sewing a quilt.

Hunnicutt acknowledges she’s no friend of the federal government, but, she wishes no harm on anyone.

“All these people that want to bomb places and kill children, come on,” she said. “Who would be in sympathy with them?”

Hunnicutt said she and her group just want Uncle Sam to leave them alone. When Granny Warriors showed up on the SPLC list, Hunnicutt said she wasn’t surprised. But it made her wonder, “Is this all they have to do?”

Nonetheless, Hunnicutt’s thankful to be on the list because she said it increases her group’s notoriety.

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  • Singing nuns are now extremist haters, too:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/outrageous-far-left-southern-poverty-law-center-puts-singing-nuns-on-its-hate-groups-map/

    The study said California has the most patriot extremist groups, with 81.

    If these 81 California “groups” exist at all, then they’re the dumbest bunch of “patriot extremists” that God ever made, to plant themselves in a kooky state where private firearms ownership is all but prohibited.

    • Robert Binion

      To paraphrase Congressman Bobby Rush: “Just because yuh wears a habit don’t mean you a criminal.” I can understand the angst over flying nuns–that Sally Field is a loose drone.

      • The__Bobster

        I’m more worried about Whoopi Goldberg than Gidget.

        • IstvanIN

          Sister Bertrille was cute, Whoopie, not so much.

          • Sherman_McCoy

            Oh, I dunno. For a drag queen, he didn’t look all that bad. . . .

          • IstvanIN

            Hmmm, RuPaul makes a better looking woman.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    I can’t believe anyone takes the $PLC seriously anymore. Even liberals should realize how completely ridiculous they are by now.

    • The__Bobster

      Surely you jest. The libtarded MSM have the $PLC on speed dial. They are the go-to source for comments on “hate crimes”.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        I suppose you’re right. They do have a pretty positive public image, since most people see no reason to investigate a group that ‘keeps watch on hate groups’. And liberals love nothing more than to cite them as the be-all-end-all definer of “hate groups”.

        • IstvanIN

          I suppose the SPLC is something akin to the guy who is always ratting out everyone else to keep the heat off himself.

  • MekongDelta69

    Ahh yes – Morris Sleaze, Mark Podunk and the $PLC. The eternal, far-left arbiters of who a ‘hate group’ is.

    My vote for the #1 hate group is…
    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6989

  • libertarian 1234

    Since Zucker took over at CNN the agenda there has become more radical than ever.

    It is he who is behind Piers Morgan’s anti-gun rants. And it is he who has turned the entire network into an MSNBC look-a-like.

  • bigone4u

    The author of this piece, Mary Katherine Ham, has a good head on her shoulders. She used to butt heads with O’Reilly but since I no longer have cable I don’t know whether that’s still true. I’d like to think she’s against amnesty. I have a feeling she despises PC nonsense.

  • Hugo

    The SPLC was started prior to the invention of the internet. The problem they have now is that they have a much harder time making their smears stick because it has become so easy to fact check. They keep talking about these “Patriot” groups but cannot site many credible links or hard information because there is basically no real substance to their claims. Worse, there are now 100s of videos of violent black on white assualts floating around on Youtube and all they can do is claim it to be some isolated incident or an “uprising” to fight racist oppression rather than the hate crimes they really are.

  • rick

    In recent years the Communist News Network (CNN) has become an anti-white/pro-minority propaganda channel devoted to the non-stop dissemination of cultural Marxist tripe. A year ago they were relentlessly promoting the Sir Skittles farce by featuring the thug in a total of 41 segements from Feb 24 to March 19 compared with only 13 from (supposedly leftist) MSNBC and 1 from Fox.

  • jtkayLA

    “The SPLC report also offers a bit of good news: The number of ‘immigrant-bashing’ extremist groups—so-called nativism organizations—is
    way down from 2011, falling by 88%.”

    I saw that figure the other day and had the same reaction. It’s a manipulative lie to make average Americans feel like they’re overreacting if they’re against illegals. They’ll be like, “Heck, even the crazies are coming around to amnesty. I guess I’m overreacting. I’d better get behind it.”

  • The splc is a slimey jew hate group

  • catch 22

    Like Sharpton Jackson Obama Winfrey and the entire socialist extortionist movement they have to fan the flames 24/7/365 so their fraudulence can be continued in order to give excuses for being the savage inferior race on the planet blaming superior whites as usual.
    Liberal whites amazingly as as early as 1995 were equally angered at the OJ Simpson outcome know the truth but are too condescending and cowardly to admit it. Genetics cannot be changed. Blame their father Ham the cursed sexual pervert. Blame slavery and the tribal chiefs for selling them off to the white race who was tricked or lied too using Ham. Bottom line black slavery was never needed in a million trillion years unless it was white on white slavery that should have never ended and was responsible for the advent construction and maintenance of the Shem race white Europe although the worse part is African slaves are completely innocent of having anything to do with being in western civilization and this is the dichotomy the white race is dealing with. They were deceived and this is the end result of their failure to be wise as serpents as they were instructed to do even failing to easily fix the problem by abolishing slavery and returning them to Africa without harm when they had the chance when the new nation was conceived. Check your mirror for the guilty one. When you make your own bed you have to sleep in it.

  • Snesgamer

    I invite you to go to the SPLC hate map (http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map) and try to find any anti-white or anti-Christian groups. I’ll give ya 5 dollars for every one you find!

  • StillModerated

    Everybody on this blog needs to start an internet “hate group” so we can fry the SPLC mainframe and drive that tool Mark Potok round the bend.

  • Fr. John+

    Cui Bono? Who benefits? A group founded by a morally vulgar individual, whose main employees are Jewish Zionists, has the moral rectitude to tell we Whites which groups are ‘racist’ or not? Hello? What sane man considers a culture that sprays untreated raw sewage against Palestinians in the Occupied Levant, to have even a shred of moral decency?