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Christian Non-Profit Branded as 'Hate Group' Explains Why Americans Are Losing Trust in the Media

Last week, Democrats and two mainstream media outlets branded Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian legal nonprofit which has won seven Supreme Court cases in seven years, an "anti-LGBT hate group." Worse, this "hate" designation comes from a terror-linked organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). ADF has demanded an apology and attacked this "media malpractice."

"Why is ABC and NBC willing to promote propaganda and cut and paste the Southern Poverty Law Center press release?" Kristen Waggoner, a senior vice president at ADF, asked Tucker Carlson on Fox News Friday night. "Americans are losing trust in the media for this very reason."

On Thursday, ADF Legal Counsel and Director of Communications Kerri Kupec demanded an apology and a retraction from ABC News. "ABC News has committed journalistic malpractice," Kupec declared in a statement.

"For ABC News to essentially cut and paste false charges against Alliance Defending Freedom by a radically left-wing, violence-inciting organization like Southern Poverty Law Center is a discredit to ABC News and to the profession," Kupec declared. "Americans' trust in the media is cratering, and the blatant bias and lack of professionalism that ABC attempted to pass off as news can only serve to confirm and intensify that distrust."

Last Tuesday, the SPLC published a press release demanding the remarks that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was scheduled to deliver that evening at an ADF gathering. "SPLC: Attorney General Must Release Remarks Given to Anti-LGBT Hate Group," read the release's headline.

"How can we trust that the nation's top law enforcement officer will protect all Americans when he's willing to meet behind closed doors with a group that supports criminalizing homosexuality and marginalizing LGBT people around the world?" asked David Dinielli, SPLC's deputy legal director. The release insisted that ADF is a "hate group" and others ran with the label.

"You can judge a person by the company they keep and tonight — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is choosing to spend his time speaking in front of one of the country's leading anti-LGBT hate groups," Democratic National Committee (DNC) spokesperson Joel Kasnetz said in a statement.

"ADF has been previously designated a hate group and Sessions' appearance at this event, as the top law enforcement official in the country, brings in to question whether the attorney general intends to protect all Americans," Kasnetz concluded, linking to the SPLC website's page on ADF.

ABC News' Pete Madden and Erin Galloway crafted this headline: "Jeff Sessions addresses 'anti-LGBT hate group,' but DOJ won't release his remarks."

Madden and Galloway cited the SPLC's "hate group" designation and disparaging remarks about ADF from multiple sources, but did not include any ADF response to the labeling or any reference to the criticism SPLC has received for engaging in such rhetoric.