CNN already back to credulously citing SPLC hate group lists

posted at 9:21 pm on March 6, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

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.

Watch out for your local chapter of “Granny Warriors.” The SPLC is more than happy, ironically, to create a climate of hate for run-of-the-mill conservatives exercising their right to assembly by lumping them in with other, more dangerous groups. The catch-all category for this practice is “General Hate.”

The report also mentions several incidents involving such groups:

The new statistics come after a string of crimes linked to extremist groups. A year ago, a Michigan militia leader and his son pleaded guilty to federal gun charges. Last August, a 40-year-old ex-soldier-turned singer for a white supremacist rock band shot up a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people, before taking his own life. A few weeks later, a group of Georgia men was linked to an anti-government militia plot to assassinate Obama.

But I could give you a list of three violent crimes perpetrated by politically motivated actors on the left side of the ideological spectrum. The thing is, those crimes never become a “trend” worthy of CNN’s coverage or a list like the SPLC’s, which might take the actions of, say, Christopher Dorner and associate your average coffee-house clatch of liberal neighborhood moms with them.

The piece also contains a link to a story about Oberlin’s rash of racist incidents, which does not note that the alleged Klansman sighting was probably just a student in a blanket, according to police. It also skips right over the Left’s old favorite go-to for right-wing violence, because that turned out to be untrue, too.

Think back to the fall of 2009: The Yankees were headed toward a win in the World Series, Obamacare was struggling along, and the nascent Tea Party’s brand of anti-government extremism was getting Census workers lynched in Kentucky.

Bill Sparkman, a part-time U.S. Census employee, was found hanged from a tree in Kentucky, naked, with the word “FED” scrawled on his chest in magic marker. The horrible crime was part of a wave of anti-government rhetoric that, it seemed, inspired the dreadful act. Poor Bill Sparkman reaped what the Tea Party sowed.

MSNBC was all over the story: Rachel Maddow covered it heavily Sept. 23rd through the 25th; Ed Schultz mentioned it on the 24th and 28th; and Countdown talked it up on the 25th. NBC News did four profiles on the viciously, brutally murdered part-time Census worker in September—a Nightly News hit on the 24th; a pair of NBC Today stories on the 24th and 25th; and a NBC Saturday Today story on the 26th.

Maddow took the lead, saying on the 25th that “we have brand new details which do not all dampen the worry that Bill Sparkman’s death was what we first worry appeared to be, violence against a federal employee, because he was a federal employee.” The day before, she described the area of Kentucky he was killed in as “dangerous for him to do Census fieldwork door-to-door” and reported that we were “learning more from area residents about what kind of risks Mr. Sparkman might have been exposed to going door-to-door.”

Andrew Sullivan, mortal enemy of those dreadful Tea Party extremists, wrote on the 26th that “the one thing we know for certain now in the case of the Kentucky lynching” was it was “no suicide.” Sullivan continued: “the most worrying possibility—that this is Southern populist terrorism, whipped up by the GOP and its Fox and talk radio cohorts—remains real.”

Now, three-and-a-half years later, Rich Schaprio has revealed the shocking truth in the pages of the Atlantic: It was a suicide all along.

So, the Granny Warriors are a grave threat who indicate a propensity for violence inextricably linked with conservative politics, whereas Chris Dorner was a rogue actor whose ideology could be connected to nothing and no one mainstream, even though mainstream, liberal pundits spent a bunch of time praising him on TV. Because, shut up, extremists.

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Boycott CNN’s advertisers, conservatives. The $PLC is a hate group.

Punchenko on March 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

You’ll be labeled a hater by the SPLC if you don’t agree fully with the Liberal agenda. That’s the only real critera and thus they beclown themselves.

Charlemagne on March 6, 2013 at 9:33 PM

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

ROFL

The worst part is the hatred and disdain these SPLC freaks have for the very word “patriot”.

Bishop on March 6, 2013 at 9:33 PM

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a money making scheme. Journalists who cite them should be ashamed of themselves.

ninjapirate on March 6, 2013 at 9:35 PM

The stage is being set for a show down.

ThePrez on March 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

…the MSM IS the enemy!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Oh my, that sounded hateful :-/

ThePrez on March 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Bad timing, CNN. Rand Paul used the SPLC’s list as an example of how arbitrary application of the law could lead to politically motivated drone strikes earlier today.

blammm on March 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

SPLC is a hate group…

d1carter on March 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I admit it. I watched cnn once. The bartender at the airport couldn’t work the remote. Or speak much english. And my tangeruay & tonic was $8.12.

Bad day.

wolly4321 on March 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Splc is an anti-American hate group

Ellis on March 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

THE Most Busted Name in News…

Del Dolemonte on March 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

“Sad but true” – HAL.

Electrongod on March 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

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.

Sounds like prime drone targets there, baby!

ddrintn on March 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Malik Zulu Shabazz, the head of the New Black Panther Party, is a “right-wing extremist,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Centre.

The SPLC is a joke and so is CNN for citing it.

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Bad timing, CNN. Rand Paul used the SPLC’s list as an example of how arbitrary application of the law could lead to politically motivated drone strikes earlier today.

blammm on March 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Yep, and I guaran-damn tee you that the moonbats would be cheering it.

ddrintn on March 6, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I admit it. I watched cnn once. The bartender at the airport couldn’t work the remote. Or speak much english. And my tangeruay & tonic was $8.12.

Bad day.

wolly4321 on March 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Can I have one? Afraid of our Arctic New Hampshire mosquitos.

Del Dolemonte on March 6, 2013 at 9:43 PM

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, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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excerpt: Mary K Ham

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Statistics are full of ___________________________________ .

(you fill in the blank)

listens2glenn on March 6, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I hereby declare myself a hate group of one.

List me, SPLC, list me!

predator on March 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

SPLC is a hate group…

d1carter on March 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

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Splc is an anti-American hate group

Ellis on March 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

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You’re both right.

listens2glenn on March 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

I hereby declare myself a hate group of one.

List me, SPLC, list me!

predator on March 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Shhhhhh…you wanna be a drone target???

ddrintn on March 6, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Regarding Sparkman: I was reading the small local papers stories on it. They would have direct quotes from investigators. NYT, AP, LAT, WaPo, etc., would take those quotes, paraphrase them, resulting in a totally different meaning from that of which was said with it being implied that he was murdered. Seriously, avoid the big papers and find the small town papers for honest and informative coverage.

Blake on March 6, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I hereby declare myself a hate group of one.

List me, SPLC, list me!

predator on March 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

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Easy ….. I’d bet you already are on someone’s “bad” list. That goes for most of us here.

listens2glenn on March 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Boycott CNN’s advertisers, conservatives. The $PLC is a hate group.

Punchenko on March 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

They label people with they disagree – that they are.

I wonder if Bill Ayers ever ended up on their lists?

Galt2009 on March 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Easy ….. I’d bet you already are on someone’s “bad” list. That goes for most of us here.

listens2glenn on March 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Then my life is complete. :D

predator on March 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM

I’m thinking the people I head to Sturgis with are already on the SPLC list, so whatever.

Bishop on March 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

listens2glenn on March 6, 2013 at 9:49 PM

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Then my life is complete. :D

predator on March 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM

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I think ddrintn said it best.

Make sure to keep your “anti-drone” radar going … : )

listens2glenn on March 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM

So is this Statist People’s Liberation Center looking to criminalize certain political leanings?

Galt2009 on March 6, 2013 at 9:58 PM

They don’t care where they get their garbage MKH, as long as it fits their narrative.

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

SPLC has as much credibility as MoveOn.org when it comes to being a non-partisan actor.

Stoic Patriot on March 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

The SPLC is a joke … merely welfare for lawyers

J_Crater on March 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

The SPLC is an alternate manifestation of Jesse Jackson. The are a legal version of a shake-down organization.
The are ripe for a RICO action.

J_Crater on March 6, 2013 at 10:19 PM

When the adherents of an entire ideology must lie to themselves each and every morning as soon as their feet hit the floor, merely to be convinced that they have any basis in our Constitution whatsoever, (or reality for that matter) what’s a little media lying to the public, after all, its standard procedure.

Speakup on March 6, 2013 at 10:55 PM

The Southern Preposterous Lie Center has gone after men’s rights groups as well. They’re a joke and a scam to raise money for its leaders.

oryguncon on March 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I joined a patriot group. It’s just me right now. All my neighbors and friends are in their own also.

deimos on March 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Hot Gas has just been added to the SPLC hate group list.

Went through an anti-terrorism course some years back and the SPLC was referenced frequently. What a load of pucky. SPLC is a hate group and has an agenda.

Russ86 on March 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

The SPLC Core Mission Statement:

All are hate groups save me and thee, and I am having doubts about thee.

Their operating philosophy is You are all Racists.

Funny how they don’t talk about Floyd Corkins:
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/shooting-southern-poverty-law-center-put-family-research-council-hate-map

ss396 on March 7, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Code Pink on the List?

Drill and Fill on March 7, 2013 at 1:27 AM

SPLC is a hate group.

ButterflyDragon on March 7, 2013 at 2:01 AM

I’m certain the GOP insiders couldn’t be happier with this attack against the TEA Partys.

Drones, urban assault vehicles, hollow tip ammo for Social Security employees, … what more do you need to see in order to understand the democrats, along with their GOP supporters, are the EXTREMISTS working to TERRORIZE us into submission?

EVERYONE needs to get involved if you want things to change. Find your local Patriot group, attend a few of their meetings, ask questions, learn what the 0bamaGanda media is hiding from you, then go make a sign and hit the upcoming protests!

If not you, who?
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. Plato

DannoJyd on March 7, 2013 at 4:20 AM

SPLC is a hate group.

ButterflyDragon on March 7, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Well now that’s a hell of a way to talk about this administration’s civil police force. But if the jackboot fits.

onomo on March 7, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Granny Warriors is on the list but what makes me think that the New Black Panther Party isn’t despite their documented intimidation of voters by showing up brandishing weapons outside polling places.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 7:56 AM

The new statistics come after a string of crimes linked to extremist groups.

SPLC doesn’t list Occupy Wall Street as a hate group. Must be an oversight.

RadClown on March 7, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Well now that’s a hell of a way to talk about this administration’s civil police force. But if the jackboot fits.

onomo on March 7, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Hey any group with a “hate map” is suspect to begin with. I lived in Montgomery for a while. These people are committed radicals who don’t see the world in the same term as normal people. For them it is still 1952, segregation is still in full effect, and whitey must be destroyed by any means necessary. Put another way they are more Malcolm X than MLK.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Separated at birth: Morris Dees and Alex Jones

MTF on March 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Silly. Everyone knows the definition of a hate group is two or more who disagree with the SPLC.

WannabeAnglican on March 7, 2013 at 8:19 AM

We’re probably one of them…

dpduq on March 7, 2013 at 8:41 AM

You guys are slipping. A post mentioning “Granny Warriors” goes overnight, and no one has yet linked this? For shame. For shame!

GWB on March 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Stupid
People,
Losers,
and Crackheads.

You lot are a disgrace to the civil rights movement.

MelonCollie on March 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

MKH,

Though it makes your point (with a strong assist from the underlying link) your first sentence is, alas, not a sentence. As a result, it really is very confusing to read.

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?

You could have begun it with something simple like,

“Are they really back to using [t]he …

Or, you could have been a bit more explicit, such as:

“Is the cable network once again reverting to reliance on [t]he …

. . .

And speaking of CNN, I went to visit an old reporter friend in the hospital yesterday, here in central New Jersey. Though he has suffered a minor stroke, and had a tough bout with a “touch” of pneumonia for the first week he was there, he is nevertheless putting up a battle with the hospital over the TV content supplied by their cable provider.

It seems they only carry CNN and not FOX. I think I’ll stick my two cents into it.

Trochilus on March 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Granny Warriors?????? Granny Warriors??????? I know a more than a few Granny Warriors and the are first mostly libertarian Ron Paul alcolytes but they are all indeed harmless. The worst they will do is write a strongly worded, poorly researched letter.

THIS is hate? Man has the SPLC jumped the shark….

LL

Lady Logician on March 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Strangely enough, the SPLC failed to list the hate crime of shooting up the Family Research Council office in their list of hate crimes.

Seriously, this is a group who lives their motto of “Fighting Hate • Teaching Tolerance • Seeking Justice” by listing the targets of their own hatred.

Speechlesstx on March 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Maybe we can talk Obama into attacking them with a drone.

woodNfish on March 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Boycott CNN’s advertisers, conservatives. The $PLC is a hate group.

Punchenko on March 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

SPLC is a hate group…

d1carter on March 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Splc is an anti-American hate group

Ellis on March 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

SPLC is a hate group.

ButterflyDragon on March 7, 2013 at 2:01 AM

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The motion carries . . . . . . . All those in favor, say “aye”.
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AYE !

listens2glenn on March 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM