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WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Joe Biden Demands SPLC-Style Terror Watchlist to Protect LGBT People.

The SPLC is a hate group.

TYLER O’NEIL: Groundbreaking $4.8M Lawsuit Threatens to Unearth the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Secrets.

Faster, please.

THIS IS SCARY EVIDENCE OF HOW EFFECTIVE THE DEMOCRATS’ DEMONIZING AGITPOP CAMPAIGN IS: Rasmussen poll: 23% of voters say NRA should be declared a ‘terrorist group.’

A civil rights group you don’t agree with is a “terrorist group.” Let a Republican president suggest the same and watch the reaction. Imagine if Donald Trump said that the SPLC is “doing the Russians’ work by dividing Americans.” Unlike the above that would be literally true, but he’d be called Hitler for daring to criticize a “civil rights group.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: No, the KKK Hasn’t Taken Over Arkansas (and Never Trust the SPLC Anyway).

IMPORT MORE ANTI-SEMITES, SEE MORE ANTI-SEMITISM. GO FIGURE. Anti-Semitic attacks are rising in Brooklyn and seems like no one cares. And worse, when you import anti-semites, the native ones feel more empowered, too.

It doesn’t help when you take all your cues from the SPLC and other Democratic Party mailing lists: Flashback: Hey, rabbis: Stop dividing us in the name of fighting “hate.”

TYLER O’NEIL CONTINUES HIS EXCELLENT COVERAGE OF THE SPLC: 5 Reasons the SPLC Is Profoundly Wrong About Two Notorious Christian ‘Hate Groups.’

PHILANTHROPIC TYRANNY IS WHAT SPLC IS ABOUT: Capital Research Center’s Hayden Ludwig zeroes in on what this advance guard of the People’s Republic of America seeks in its campaign against Donor Advised Funds (DAF) on the Right, but not on the Left.

TYLER O’NEIL: SPLC Gets Conservative Crowdfunding Site Shut Down.

THIS IS THE GUY WHO RAISED MONEY FOR MARK JUDGE DURING THE KAVANAUGH TRAVESTY. JUDGE SAYS HE BASICALLY SAVED HIS LIFE. SPLC Targets, Shuts Down Faith-Based Crowdfunding Site. The SPLC isn’t a civil rights group. It’s a nasty lefty hit squad.

CHECK YOUR SOURCES: Pulitzer Columnist Cites SPLC in Branding the GOP a ‘Hate Group.’

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: The SPLC’s “Hate Group” List Is The US Version Of China’s Social Ranking Scheme.

BUT DON’T YOU DARE QUESTION THEIR PATRIOTISM: 6th Grade Project Claims State Flag Is ‘Violent’ Against Native Americans, SPLC Awards $10K.

TYLER O’NEIL: Attendees Shoot Down SPLC Smear Calling Trump Social Media Confab a ‘Hate Summit.’

Tyler has been doing solid reporting on the SPLC’s partisan antics for a long while now.

HATERS GOTTA MAKE FAKE HATE: Citing SPLC’s Inflated Numbers, Gillibrand and Other Dems Push Hate Crime Hoax Bill.

YOU CAN’T TRUST THE TECH BILLIONAIRES TO PROTECT FREE SPEECH: I Was Called A KKK Member For Asking Amazon To Support Ideological Diversity.

All of this points to the fact that Amazon has no conservatives in positions of power. No conservative board member would sit idly by while the SPLC was allowed to run the business’s charity portal. It’s inconceivable. That’s why we think Amazon needs to institute a policy that considers viewpoint and ideological diversity. But such a suggestion was too much for the leftists in the room.

They booed and heckled me throughout my presentation. After my proposal, a representative from Arjuna Capital suggested that I was there to “protect white males.” Then, after the meeting, a representative from the Nathan Cummings Foundation tracked me down to suggest I should get going so I wouldn’t be late for my “next Klan meeting or book burning.” This is the guy who introduced a shareholder proposal calling on Amazon to ban content!

Liberal intolerance for diversity of thought is both top-down and bottom-up. Amazon’s board flatly rejected our proposal in the hopes of remaining a liberal enclave. Amazon’s activist investors hate the thought of viewpoint diversity so much that they reacted with petulance and name-calling.

When you hear a corporation tout its supposed goals of “diversity and inclusion,” just know that this sentiment doesn’t mean inclusion of conservatives or those with deeply held religious beliefs.

Very much the opposite.

SEE THE VIOLENCE INHERENT IN THE LEFTISM: Report Shows Online Ties Linking HuffPost, the Guardian, and SPLC to Antifa.

WHEN REPORTING IS OUTSOURCED TO LEFTY POLITICAL HACKS: Poynter Institute’s Retracted List of Fake News Sites Was Written by SPLC Podcast Producer.

HMM: Bank of America Silent on Donations to Planned Parenthood, SPLC.

They sure weren’t silent about this: Bank of America to Stop Financing Makers of Military-Style Guns.

FASTER, PLEASE: SPLC’s ‘Hate Group’ Accusation Outed as a Scam, More Than 60 Groups Considering Lawsuits.

EVEN AT THE WASHINGTON POST, CALLS FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. “The question isn’t what went wrong at the SPLC; it is why it took so long for the rest of the country to learn what local reporters already knew. It will probably take a federal investigation to fully unravel this deep-South mystery and provide a credible, long-term fix. . . . Cohen, before he announced his own departure, said the center would bring in well-regarded lawyer Tina Tchen to conduct an investigation. It’s too late for that. The Internal Revenue Service, which grants the SPLC tax-exempt status, and the civil rights division of the Justice Department would be the best bets to really figure out what’s up at the center. Any investigation should take a close look at the SPLC’s finances. It should look at what the center has told donors in its mail solicitations over the years. And it should take a close look at how that donor money has been spent. Investigators should also look at how SPLC staffers have been treated over the years. Where was the center’s board when this mistreatment was going on? And why did no one step up sooner?”

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: Southern Poverty Law Center Director Threatens To Call Police On Reporter Over Questions About Sexual Harassment Allegations.

CITIZENS FOR CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY LETTER: Amazon Must Disavow SPLC’s ‘Permanently Compromised’ ‘Hate Group’ List.

PATRIK JONSSON ON THE SPLC’S DISASTER: When does a hate-watch effort help expose and diminish hate, and when might it instead harden America’s stiff divides? Well, it’ll do the latter when it’s basically just a grift that has to manufacture “hate” to keep the money coming in.

Plus: “The growing rise of left-wing politics means that stuff that used to be center of the road is now right-wing. Bill Clinton’s policies are not that different from Trump, but Trump is a Nazi and Clinton was a Democrat hero. It’s a very, very left shift. We thought this was healed, but now we have seen that it is not healed.”

JOHN HINDERAKER: Why Should the Partisan SPLC Be Tax-Exempt?

NICK SHORT: Southern “Poverty” in the Cayman Islands. “So why would the SPLC need an offshore account in the Cayman Islands? Below is from their latest 990 filing.”

Obviously, I need to travel there and do some extensive on-the-ground reporting.

WELL, GOOD: 67 Nonprofit Leaders Urge Media to Drop ‘Anti-Christian and Morally Bankrupt’ SPLC.

“ENGAGING IN SYSTEMATIC DEFAMATION IS NOT A TAX-EXEMPT PURPOSE:” Sen. Tom Cotton Demands IRS Investigation into SPLC’s Tax-Exempt Status.

TOM COTTON AND JOHN HINDERAKER ASK:  Why should the Southern Poverty Law Center be tax exempt?

PAUL BEDARD: White House Report Card: The week belonged to President Trump.

This week’s White House Report Card finds President Trump riding high, bolstered by the failure by the House to stop his plan to build a southern border wall and Robert Mueller’s surprise report clearing him of colluding with Russians to win the White House.

Democratic pollster John Zogby said the report gives Trump something to cheer in his 2020 reelection stops, and conservative analyst Jed Babbin added that the liberal media’s bumbling bid to pre-convict the president on collusion charges has cut their credibility to “zero.”

And that was just the beginning. And look at all the bad outcomes for major Trump enemies — Hollywood, the press, higher education, the SPLC — as well.

IT’S THE NEW SHIMMER OF THE AMERICAN LEFT: “The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Both a Terrible Place to Work and a Place That Does Terrible Work,” Robby Soave writes at Reason.

Speaking of which, “Mississippi man pleads guilty in ‘Vote Trump’ church arson,” CBS-affiliate WREG reported yesterday:

A member of a black church in Mississippi has pleaded guilty to burning the church, which was also spray painted with the slogan “Vote Trump,” a week before the 2016 presidential election.

Andrew McClinton, 47, pleaded guilty to arson Thursday, the Delta Democrat-Times reported. His sentencing is set for late April.

Investigators said McClinton belonged to Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, which was vandalized and burned.

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who is also the state fire marshal, told The Associated Press that investigators believe the graffiti was intended as a distraction from some other sort of wrongdoing. Chaney would not specify what that was.

“He tried to make the arson appear it was politically motivated, but it was not,” Chaney said.

As Wall Street Journal contributor Jeryl Bier tweets, “This is the hoax incident that the Southern Poverty Law Center used as the lead anecdote in its post 2016 election hate report.”

Related: CNN Finally Covers SPLC Racism Scandal, Leaves Out ‘Hate Group’ Lawsuits, Jussie Smollett Connection.

(Classical reference in headline.)

CNN DOESN’T COVER THE SPLC, IT COVERS FOR THE SPLC: CNN Finally Covers SPLC Racism Scandal, Leaves Out ‘Hate Group’ Lawsuits, Jussie Smollett Connection.

YOU MIGHT NOT BE INTERESTED IN THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG, BUT THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG IS INTERESTED IN YOU: The SPLC Wants You to Talk About Microaggressions … in First Grade.

SILENCE IS COMPLICITY: Apple, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Disney, Other Companies Funding SPLC Silent on Racism Scandal.

THAT’S A REAL WINNING COMBINATION: The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Both a Terrible Place to Work and a Place That Does Terrible Work.

The leadership shakeup, fueled by allegations that black staffers were shut out of key positions and that Dees personally harassed female staffers, has brought the SPLC considerable media scrutiny, and it’s about time. Regardless of whether these specific accusations have merit, the SPLC should face a reckoning over its extremely shoddy work, which has mistakenly promoted the idea that fringe hate groups are a rising threat.

Peddling this false narrative has long been the SPLC’s business model, and the Trump years have been especially profitable, since the group was almost perfectly positioned to capitalize on growing liberals fears about hate crimes, resurgent white nationalism, and the alt-right. Over the course of the Trump campaign and presidency, the SPLC has added dozens of staffers, saw its social media following rise dramatically, ramped up its fundraising, and built a $200 million endowment. Its role has been to provide intellectual support for a central narrative of the #Resistance: Hate, broadly defined, is surging across America, and Trump is to blame.

But the SPLC’s hate tally is incredibly suspect, as left-of-center writer Nathan Robinson explained in a terrific article for Current Affairs. According to the SPLC’s hate map, there were more than 1,000 hate groups in the U.S. in 2018—nearly twice as many as existed in 2000. The number has increased every year since 2014.

The map is littered with dots that provide more information on each specific group, and this is where the SPLC gives away the game. Consider a random state—Oklahoma, for example, is home to nine distinct hate groups, by the SPLC’s count. Five of them, though, are black nationalist groups: the Nation of Islam, Israel United in Christ, etc. The SPLC counts each chapter of these groups separately, so the Nation of Islam counts as two separate hate groups within Oklahoma (its various chapters in other states are also tallied separately). The map makes no attempt to contextualize all of this—no information is given on the relative size or influence of each group.

In his piece, Robinson describes the map as an “outright fraud,” and it’s hard to argue with him.

The SPLC is a mix of grift and political hit-jobbery.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Obamas’ Chicago Fixer Tina Tchen’s Role in Smollett Case. I love that she’s going straight from that to fixing things for the SPLC.

WHO, INDEED? Who is Tina Tchen, the attorney linked to Jussie Smollett messages? She’s now in charge of “investigating” the SPLC’s mess. I expect they brought her in to do for them what she did for Jussie Smollett. . . .

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: SPLC Won’t Say If President Was Paid On Way Out The Door.

WHY ARE LEFTIST INSTITUTIONS SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM AND ABUSE? Roiled by Staff Uproar, Civil Rights Group Looks at Intolerance Within.

IF MY SCHADENBONER LASTS MUCH LONGER I’M GOING TO NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR: CNN analyst Mark Geragos said to be Avenatti’s alleged co-conspirator.

UPDATE: From the comments:

Avenatti arrested. Smollett’s lawyer, a CNN mouthpiece, his alleged co-conspirator.
Mueller report exonerates Trump. Media and NeverTrumpers wail in anguish,
SPLC implodes.
Hollywood, not Trump, hauled off to jail by FBI, for bribing university officials.
University officials revealed as bunch of bribe-takers.

All in what, two weeks?

Good times!

For added fun, Geragos was Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer, too.

Plus, there’s always a tweet:

[WILFORD BRIMLEY VOICE] MR. TRUMP, ARE YOU THAT SMART? NEVER MIND, YOU AIN’T GONNA TELL ME THAT, ARE YOU?

I suspect it’s going to turn out that Trump was doing more than tweeting throughout all this, and that it reflected a strategy that has now paid off. But Republicans — including NeverTrumpers still capable of some degree of rationality, if such exist — should ask themselves what other Republican candidate in 2016 could have withstood this sort of assault. As with the Kavanaugh character assassination attempts, I think the answer will be damn few. Maybe Ted Cruz, but nobody else really comes to mind. And, say, Mitt Romney? It is to laugh. We got Trump because of a media/political environment that only Trump could survive and flourish in.

And note that the past week has been a bad one for Trump’s enemies in general: Higher education is facing its biggest scandal ever, the SPLC is folding, the Democrats are split over anti-semitism and more or less open Marxism. . . . Stay tuned. It’s going to get interesting.

UPDATE: Battenfeld: Great job, Democrats, media … you’re on your way to re-electing Trump.

ANOTHER UPDATE: “It is a complete rout for Democrats and the media.”

Related: ” I can’t resist a moment of triumph. . . . I think it has been a foregone conclusion for a while that Mueller would acknowledge there was no collusion, because 1) there was no collusion, 2) the charges Mueller brought against Trump underlings and associates did not involve collusion, and 3) the meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya proved there was no collusion, since had the Trump campaign been conspiring with Russian officials, there would have been no reason to meet with an obscure lawyer who claimed to have (but did not have) dirt on Hillary. (That meeting, by the way, appears to have been a setup by the Clinton campaign, since Veselnitskaya was in the United States on a matter in which she was working with Glenn Simpson, and she met with Simpson both before and after her brief meeting with Donald Trump, Jr.)”

Flashback, March 2017: “Hypothesis: The spying-on-Trump thing is worse than we even imagine, and once it was clear Hillary had lost and it would inevitably come out, the Trump/Russia collusion talking point was created as a distraction.”

MORE: From the comments: “The unions and some companies can make the economy tank. Get ready for it.” They’ll be playing into his hands if they do.

AND ANOTHER ONE’S GONE, AND ANOTHER ONE’S GONE: SPLC Implodes: President And Legal Director Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct Scandal.

WHAT A MONTH FOR THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER:

SPLC President Richard Cohen Steps Down Amid Scandal as Investigation Begins.

SPLC Co-Founder Morris Dees Fired, Outside Audit Ordered.

But as Glenn asked on Thursday, when even the New Yorker could publish an insider essay on the SPLC that contained the sentence, “We were part of the con, and we knew it,” “here’s the thing: The SPLC has been an obvious fraud for 20 years or more. Why are all the usual media suspects suddenly noticing now?”

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Head of Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen, announces resignation amid internal upheaval.

WHEN YOU’VE LOST THE NEW YORKER: The Reckoning of Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In the days since the stunning dismissal of Morris Dees, the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, on March 14th, I’ve been thinking about the jokes my S.P.L.C. colleagues and I used to tell to keep ourselves sane. Walking to lunch past the Center’s Maya Lin–designed memorial to civil-rights martyrs, we’d cast a glance at the inscription from Martin Luther King, Jr., etched into the black marble—“Until justice rolls down like waters”—and intone, in our deepest voices, “Until justice rolls down like dollars.” The Law Center had a way of turning idealists into cynics; like most liberals, our view of the S.P.L.C. before we arrived had been shaped by its oft-cited listings of U.S. hate groups, its reputation for winning cases against the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nations, and its stream of direct-mail pleas for money to keep the good work going. The mailers, in particular, painted a vivid picture of a scrappy band of intrepid attorneys and hate-group monitors, working under constant threat of death to fight hatred and injustice in the deepest heart of Dixie. When the S.P.L.C. hired me as a writer, in 2001, I figured I knew what to expect: long hours working with humble resources and a highly diverse bunch of super-dedicated colleagues. I felt self-righteous about the work before I’d even begun it.

The first surprise was the office itself. On a hill in downtown Montgomery, down the street from both Jefferson Davis’s Confederate White House and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where M.L.K. preached and organized, the Center had recently built a massive modernist glass-and-steel structure that the social critic James Howard Kunstler would later liken to a “Darth Vader building” that made social justice “look despotic.” It was a cold place inside, too. The entrance was through an underground bunker, past multiple layers of human and electronic security. Cameras were everywhere in the open-plan office, which made me feel like a Pentagon staffer, both secure and insecure at once. But nothing was more uncomfortable than the racial dynamic that quickly became apparent: a fair number of what was then about a hundred employees were African-American, but almost all of them were administrative and support staff—“the help,” one of my black colleagues said pointedly. The “professional staff”—the lawyers, researchers, educators, public-relations officers, and fund-raisers—were almost exclusively white. Just two staffers, including me, were openly gay.

During my first few weeks, a friendly new co-worker couldn’t help laughing at my bewilderment. “Well, honey, welcome to the Poverty Palace,” she said. . . . And the unchecked power of the lavishly compensated white men at the top of the organization—Dees and the Center’s president, Richard Cohen—made staffers pessimistic that any of these issues would ever be addressed.

An apt description. But here’s the thing: The SPLC has been an obvious fraud for 20 years or more. Why are all the usual media suspects suddenly noticing now?

Plus: “We were part of the con, and we knew it.” That could apply to the press, too.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: After Firing Co-Founder, SPLC Hires Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff to Review Workplace Culture.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: The SPLC’s Scandalous History on Race.

Tyler O’Neil will be discussing his article with Tucker Carlson at 8:45 tonight.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Nice job, Tyler!

GIRL CAN’T HELP IT: Ocasio-Cortez Cites SPLC to Blame Trump for Abetting White Supremacy.

TAKE OFF AND NUKE THE SITE FROM ORBIT; IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE. Don’t Stop With Morris Dees: Former Employees Told SPLC to ‘Clean House at the Top.’

THE SPLC STRIKES AGAIN: Eventbrite Blacklists ACT for America for ‘Promoting Hate.’

CHANGE: Southern Poverty Law Center Fires Founder Morris Dees. “The SPLC announced Thursday afternoon that Dees—who in 1971 co-founded the far-left nonprofit, which has regularly been cited by major outlets over the years for its ‘hate’ group designations that oftentimes lump Republican groups in with actual racist groups—has parted ways with its founder.”

Related: SPLC Co-Founder Morris Dees Fired, Outside Audit Ordered.

“Effective yesterday, Morris Dees’ employment at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was terminated,” SPLC President Richard Cohen told The Montgomery Advertiser in a statement on Thursday. “As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world. When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action.”

Dees, 82, co-founded the SPLC in 1971. The organization gained a reputation for taking the Ku Klux Klan to court and then it started labeling and tracking “hate groups.” In recent decades, it started listing conservative and Christian organizations along with the KKK, and last year it settled a defamation lawsuit for $3.375 million.

Dees’s departure is not the only big news Cohen broke on Thursday, however.

“Today we announced a number of immediate, concrete next steps we’re taking, including bringing in an outside organization to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our internal climate and workplace practices, to ensure that our talented staff is working in the environment that they deserve – one in which all voices are heard and all staff members are respected,” Cohen said in the statement.

“The SPLC is deeply committed to having a workplace that reflects the values it espouses – truth, justice, equity and inclusion, and we believe the steps we have taken today reaffirm that commitment,” he concluded.

In 1994, the Montgomery Advertiser took a deep dive into the organization’s activities, uncovering some evidence of discrimination against black employees.

Last December, a Baltimore lawyer filed a lawsuit taking aim at the SPLC’s tax-exempt status. His suit is moving toward the discovery period, and SPLC’s decision to clean house may have resulted from this litigation, first reported by PJ Media.

Sounds like there could be more revelations, and shakeups, to come.

UPDATE: This seems right: “The announcement was deliberately vague as to what Dees did to prompt his dismissal from an organization he built into a $500 million smear machine, but it must have been very bad, indeed.” Reportedly, there are claims of both sexual and racial harassment by Dees, according to leaked emails.

“The recent resignation of a black female attorney, Meredith Horton, seems to have been the ‘last straw’ in terms of the SPLC’s issues with women and minority employees.”

Stay tuned.

TYLER O’NEIL: Weaponizing ‘Hate:’ The Insidious SPLC Launches a Political Action Fund.

The scare quotes around “hate” are well-earned.

BUT OF COURSE: Roll Call Hit Piece Uses SPLC Disinformation to Smear Pro-Israel Conservative Groups. “The groups are calling for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s ouster from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

TYLER O’NEIL: Trump Judge Confirmed Despite Dems Weaponizing SPLC ‘Hate Group’ Smears Against Her. “This is a de facto religious test for public office.”

Allison Jones Rushing is also quite young and likely to sit on that bench for a good long time.

What’s that old Klingon proverb about revenge?

TYLER O’NEIL: Judeo-Christian Group Sues Michigan for ‘Orwellian’ Witch Hunt Based on SPLC Labels. “Dana Nessel ‘is weaponizing the attorney general’s office’ against conservatives.”

AS A LEGENDARY COMMUNITY ORGANIZER ADVISES, PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Judeo-Christian Group Sues Michigan for ‘Orwellian’ Witch Hunt Based on SPLC Labels.

STACY MCCAIN: Another Dot on the ‘Hate Map:’ Why is the SPLC smearing so many conservative groups? Because they’re a Democratic Super-PAC masquerading as a human rights organization, with the help of a complicit media.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Gavin McInnes sues the SPLC.

The full complaint is here.

BREAKING: SPLC Hires High-Powered Defamation Lawyer to Defend Tax-Exempt Status in RICO Lawsuit.

SPLC could lose their tax-exempt status? That’s what I call punching back twice as hard.

THEY HATE YOU, THEY REALLY HATE YOU: Google May Face RICO, Defamation Lawsuits Due to SPLC Partnership, Lawyers Say. Google will pay employees to work for the SPLC for up to six months.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Google May Face RICO, Defamation Lawsuits Due to SPLC Partnership, Lawyers Say.

THE REAL QUESTION IS WHETHER SPLC CAN COLLECT MORE MONEY ON IT: SPLC Blames ‘Privileged’ Covington Catholic Teen for Native American ‘Anguish’

Honestly, someday in the future, the Southern Poverty Law Center is going to be remembered as one of the most successful scams of all time.

TYLER O’NEIL: Exposing the SPLC’s False ‘Anti-Muslim’ Smears Against the Trump Administration.

CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST RICHARD COHEN, THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER’S PRESIDENT:  It seeks damages and an injunction prohibiting him from repeating the false accusation that the Center is a “hate group.”

TYLER O’NEIL: Jewish Groups, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, YWCA Silent on Continued Women’s March Support. “Why do they remain, when EMILY’s List, the SPLC, and the DNC have jumped ship?”

IT’S COME TO THIS: Southern Poverty Law Center Quietly Joins the Roster of Big Groups Walking Away from the Women’s March. The SPLC calls the Nation of Islam a hate group. The leaders of the Women’s March kept praising its leader.

Related: A Warning from Robert P. George: Dems Will Turn On Israel.

STACY MCCAIN: The Wheel Turns on SPLC’s Heidi Beirich. “It is not illegal to express opinions with which Heidi Beirich disagrees, nor is it illegal to befriend people Heidi Beirich dislikes. And yet, as an employee of the SPLC, Dr. Beirich seemed to believe that she was authorized to determine the limits of our personal liberty. Because no one has ever offered to pay me to write the full story of my career as a Thought Criminal, and because I have not (yet) felt any need to share every detail of that sage, Dr. Beirich never understood my jocular good cheer in response to being defamed and, on advice of my close personal friend Bert the Samoan Lawyer, I have been content to watch patiently as she has proceeded down her chosen path to her inevitable destruction.”

Background here from PJM’s Tyler O’Neil.

I’M SHOCKED, SHOCKED. THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  Lawsuit Claims SPLC Abetted Theft, Spread Lies to Destroy Lawyer for ‘Thought Crime’.

ALMOST LIKE SOME SORT OF ONGOING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE: Lawsuit Claims SPLC Abetted Theft, Spread Lies to Destroy Lawyer for ‘Thought Crime.’

EVERYONE SHOULD BE UPSET AT THE IDEA OF THE SPLC HATE MOB CONSPIRING WITH TECH TITANS TO PUNISH PEOPLE FOR EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Tech Companies’ Concerted Suppression of Disfavored Views Represents a Threat to Our Freedom.

WHAT IS “CITIZENS FOR TRANSPARENCY” HIDING ABOUT ITSELF? If you’ve never heard of this group, that’s probably because it appears to be another left-wing hit-and-run smear machine. This one is aimed at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the evangelical legal defense group that has won nine Supreme Court cases in its work on behalf of the First Amendment.

The most recent of those nine wins was on behalf of Masterpiece cake shop owner Jack Phillips upholding his right not to be forced by the Colorado PC police to use his artistic skills to advocate for gay marriage, a view that conflicts with his faith.

Citizens for Transparency bought an electronic billboard in Times Square and has used it for weeks to libel ADF as a “hate group” because of its position on gay rights issues. Following the billboard to the group’s two websites brings you to a host of wholesale misrepresentations that seem taken from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

When Hayden Ludwig of the Capital Research Center (CRC) asked Caleb Cade, the group’s spokesman, who funds it and related questions, Cade refused to answer. But Ludwig kept digging and discovered some very interesting stuff that sheds light on why Citizens for Transparency doesn’t want you to know who it is.

AT THIS POINT, THE SPLC IS JUST A HATE GROUP SPREADING HATE SPEECH: SPLC Ties Trump to the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, Even Though Shooter Hated Trump…

BUT OF COURSE: SPLC Leads Soros-Funded Groups in ‘Orwellian’ Attempt to Ban ‘Hate Speech’ on Social Media.

BLACK FIRE CHIEF WINS DAMAGES AFTER BEING REPRESENTED BY WHAT SPLC CALLED A HATE GROUP: Atlanta To Pay Out $1.2 Million To Christian Fire Chief After Violating His First Amendment Rights.

WELL, GOOD: ACT for America Pressures Hyatt to Drop SPLC-Inspired ‘Hate Group’ Ban on Conservatives.

THEY TOLD US THAT UNDER DONALD TRUMP WE’D SEE THE MAINSTREAMING OF ANTI-SEMITISM. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Why Bill Clinton Sat With Louis Farrakhan.

Given his record, the silence about Farrakhan was nothing short of astonishing. The NOI has been appropriately labeled a hate group by both the ADL — which remains the nation’s primary monitor of anti-Semitism — as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing group that has often rebuked conservative groups for drawing attention to Islamist terrorism. But even the SPLC understands that a group that preaches contempt for whites and that singles out Jews for constant abuse should be treated as being beyond the pale.

For decades, Farrakhan has used his NOI pulpit to harp on the “evil” and “satanic” nature of Jews. Using rhetoric straight out of the traditional Nazi playbook, he has relentlessly peddled conspiracy theories about the “synagogue of Satan” oppressing African Americans and controlling the banks, the media, and the “slave trade.”

This ought to have consigned him to the margins of American life, but it hasn’t. His sympathizers may number in the hundreds of thousands. That’s been especially true since the “Million Man March” he organized in 1995, which aided his effort to portray the NOI’s main goal as empowering the black community rather than spreading hate. Representative Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is a former ardent supporter of Farrakhan, a fact he’s tried to cover up since he sought higher office. Members of the Black Congressional Caucus have also embraced Farrakhan.

They are not the only ones treating Farrakhan as a respected black leader rather than a pariah. Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour — the leaders of the Women’s March in January 2017 and organizers of mass anti-Trump “resistance” rallies — are both ardent supporters of Farrakhan.

As Franklin’s funeral showed, Farrakhan has been just as successful in winning support in the music world. Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan, who sang at the event, also took part in a documentary made by Farrakhan’s son about his father, and they played with him on a companion album set that celebrated the hatemonger’s prowess as an amateur violinist.

The key question is how and why someone with such extreme views can be treated as respected black leader.

Low standards.

“SHUT UP,” THEY EXPLAINED: A New Color of Censorship from the SPLC.

“Bloodmoney,” Color of Change’s smear campaign, seeks to shut down the fundraising abilities of conservative organizations by pressuring credit card companies and payment processors to deny access to conservative groups blacklisted by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Color of Change falsely accuses all of these groups of promoting violence and white supremacy.

Two weeks ago, the group’s pressure campaign successfully misled Mastercard into refusing to process donations for the Freedom Center, until an outcry forced the company to change course. Though the battle may have been won, Color of Change’s censorship campaign continues.

Color of Change’s “Bloodmoney” campaign is a blood libel. The effort falsely links conservative organizations targeted by the SPLC—including some run by African-Americans and Jews—to the Charleston church shooting and the violence in Charlottesville. The leftist group founded by CNN’s Van Jones and funded by George Soros is out to censor conservative organizations by choking off their fundraising.

The Gleichschaltung has arrived whether you care to recognize it or not.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): This sounds perilously like a conspiracy to interfere with the exercise of civil rights, which — as the SPLC should know — is both a crime and a cause for civil liability.

ACCUSED WOMAN-BEATER KEITH ELLISON ATTEMPTS TO SLIME HIS OPPONENT using claims by partisan propaganda outfit SPLC.

Ellison also faces credible allegations of abuse from multiple women. These allegations should be enough to disqualify him for the position, but there is more. Ellison, a convert to Islam, has a troubling history of associating himself with highly suspect groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political movement, and downright hateful groups like the Nation of Islam and its leader Louis Farrakhan, who is on record saying that Adolf Hitler was a “very great man,” and has blamed Jews for everything from the Holocaust to the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Ellison worked for Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam for 18 months, and says he abandoned the group once he realized Farrakhan’s extremist views. But when Ellison worked for Farrakhan he talked of “Jewish slave traders.” As a supposedly older and wiser man, Ellison also allegedly met with Farrakhan — and certainly met with other Nation of Islam leaders — multiple times since being elected to Congress. These ties have led prominent figures to credibly label Ellison as an anti-Semite.

Based on this brief review of Ellison’s resume, it’s fair to conclude he is a man of stunningly bad judgment. Take one recent example. Multiple local news outlets in Minnesota have recently reported on massive welfare fraud occurring in the state. Tens of millions have been stolen, possibly amounting to half of the state’s $200 million child-care subsidies.

Exact estimates are hard to come by, given that the extent of the problem is not even fully known by the bureaucrats who run the program. But we do know that some of this money left the country in suitcases full of cash and ended up in the hands of al-Shabaab, a terror group in direct combat with American soldiers in the Horn of Africa.

Ellison’s complaint? That his opponent worked for mainstream public interest law firm the Alliance Defending Freedom.

PRIVATIZING OPERATION CHOKEPOINT: Visa, Mastercard Block Donations To ‘David Horowitz Freedom Center’ After SPLC Labels Them A Hate Group.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Southern Poverty Law Center Could Face As Many As 60 Defamation Lawsuits For Its ‘Hate Group’ Labels.

RICHLY DESERVED: The SPLC’s terrible year just got worse.

JEFF SESSIONS: The DOJ ‘Will Not Partner With Groups That Unfairly Defame Americans’ Like the SPLC.

FASTER, PLEASE: DOJ’s New Religious Liberty Arm Set to Investigate the SPLC?

MEDICARE FOR ALL TO COST $32 TRILLION: “If Bernie Bro were a language, how would you say ‘sticker shock’ in it?”

Also at the PJM Live Blog: Jeff Sessions casts shade on the SPLC.

TYLER O’NEIL: FBI Has ‘Ongoing Relationship’ With Left-Wing Smear Group SPLC.

ERIC HOFFER’S BIRTHDAY: On this day in either 1898 or 1902, depending upon whom you ask, Eric Hoffer, the only longshoreman-philosopher ever to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was born in the Bronx. Hoffer was the author of The True Believer, an inquiry into the nature of mass movements. His other works include The Ordeal of Change and The Temper of Our Time.

Hoffer wrote one of the greatest lines I’ve ever read, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

He wasn’t thinking of the Southern Poverty Law Center when he said it. But, alas, the shoe fits.

If you know one of those poor souls who still thinks of the SPLC as David against the Ku Klux Klan’s Goliath, have him or her consider this: The SPLC has accumulated an endowment of about $477 million. Meanwhile, for all practical purposes, the KKK was vanquished decades ago. The remnant isn’t even a remnant.  It’s just a handful of thugs who adopted the name, knowing that it would shock people. To keep the SPLC’s gravy train rolling it has had to frighten well-heeled donors into believing that the country is crawling with other hate groups. Not a pretty picture.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest news on the SPLC, try here, here, and here. For the most recent news of Hoffer, you’ll have to be satisfied with this.

ROBERT SPENCER: Keith Ellison Demands Amazon Stop Selling Books the SPLC Hates. “The MN attorney general candidate comes out strongly against free speech.”

I HAVE A BETTER IDEA.  ELLISON PICKS A COUNTRY MORE TO HIS LIKING AND LEAVES US ALONE:  Keith Ellison Demands Amazon Stop Selling Books the SPLC Hates.

BUT OF COURSE: Keith Ellison Demands Amazon Remove Christian Books Published By SPLC-Defined ‘Hate Groups.’

DAVID SOLWAY TAKES A DEEP DIVE INTO THE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARY: The Power of the Phrase: SPLC, ACLU, and ‘Hidden Persuaders.’

CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST: ‘About 60 Organizations’ Are Considering a Lawsuit Against the SPLC Following $3M Nawaz Settlement.

DENVER LGBT PRIDE FEST BANS LOCAL MEN’S GROUP, CITING — WAIT FOR IT — THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER:

In a rejection email dated April 11, organizers officially exiled Rocky Mountain MRA from PrideFest, citing for example the group’s one-time screening of the film “The Red Pill,” as well as the fact that the group posted news from The Daily Caller on Facebook.

Oh no, not the Daily Caller! To be fair, Tucker Carlson is almost as extremist as that legendary alt-right figure Dennis Prager – whose educational PragerU YouTube videos have also been added to the SPLC’s “Hate Watch” list.

As Glenn wrote last year, “Think of them as leftist propagandists and grifters and you won’t go far wrong.”

Related: SPLC Apologizes, Pays Settlement to Islamic Reformer It Wrongly Labeled ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist.’

A SMALL MEASURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY: SPLC Pays $3.3 Million Settlement to Counter-Extremism Group It Called ‘Anti-Muslim.’ The SPLC has been a lefty smear machine for years, but now it’s being used by tech giants to censor “hate.”

LOSING THE THREAD: Georgetown Civil Rights Page Urges Donations to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, SPLC.

Georgetown University, America’s oldest Roman Catholic institution of higher learning and located in the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C., actively encouraged visitors to its website to contribute to a vast array of left-wing activist groups in the name of supporting “civil rights.” A page on the website for Georgetown’s law library asked visitors to give to Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the leftist attack dog Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), LGBT law group Lambda Legal, and others.

As Robert Conquest’s Second Law of Politics states, “Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.”

TYLER O’NEIL: Georgetown Civil Rights Page Urges Donations to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, SPLC.

CRACKS IN TWITTER’S LEGAL WALL? Like Facebook, Twitter has been able to avoid any First Amendment claims of those banned (or shadow banned), but a California judge has kept alive claims from a guy named Jared Taylor (his account was disabled), noting that allegations that Twitter’s policy of suspending accounts, in the judge’s words:

“[A]t any time, for any reason or for no reason” may be unconscionable and that the company calling itself a platform devoted to free speech may be misleading and therefore fraudulent.”

Taylor describes himself as a “racialist” who believes in “racial realism.” The media rely on the questionable SPLC to refer to him simply as the founder of the New Century Foundation, an organization that “purports to show the inferiority of blacks to whites.”

This is going to be interesting. Not being the government, they are not restricted by a “content-neutral” requirement, but they may have to rewrite their Terms of Service and sales pitch.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Twitter All Work With Left-Wing Southern Poverty Law Center.