Wednesday's HOT MIC

Wednesday's HOT MIC

Media buries SPLC-GuideStar "hate group" story.

The Media Research Center is blowing the whistle over the "legacy" media's decision not to cover GuideStar's adoption of the libelous "hate group" labeling of the terror-linked Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The Associated Press (AP) reported on June 8, non-profit-tracking organization Guidestar had added “hate group” tags to 46 non-profit groups’ profiles including The Family Research Council (FRC) and The American Family Association.

The “hate group” tags came directly from the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group that routinely attacks conservatives under the guise of “fighting hate and bigotry.”

Despite the AP story and backlash from conservatives, ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast news shows ignored the controversy between June 8 and June 27. The networks even ignored GuideStar’s June 23, announcement it would remove the designations.

National newspapers also said little. The New York Times published the AP story but did no original reporting. The Washington Post and The Seattle Times reported on it, but not until GuideStar announced it was removing the tags.

Guidestar is a self-described “neutral” organization that “collects, organizes, and presents” data on every non-profit registered with the IRS. However, its website states it is not “a charity evaluator or a watchdog.”

The SPLC’s hate group list ranked conservative groups like the religious liberty organization Alliance Defending Freedom and the pro-life Family Research Council alongside the Black Panthers, the Klu Klux Klan and Nation of Islam.

SPLC’s decision to label conservative groups as “hate” groups inspired a gunman to target the FRC in 2012. The shooter, Floyd Corkins, admitted he chose FRC after finding it on the SPLC website. The SPLC also published a misleading “hate crime” study after President Donald Trump’s election which ignored at least 2,000 attacks against white students.

James Hodgkinson, the man who shot Steve Scalise, "liked" the SPLC on Facebook. The SPLC had repeatedly attacked Scalise.

PJ Media covered the story here, here, and here.