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Hate, Inc.

Posted on | February 24, 2011 | 12 Comments

The Southern Poverty Law Center continues its Exaggeration for Dollars campaign, as Professor William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection documents. They still claim that the Klan is on the march in Rhode Island (???) and 2010 was another banner year for hate groups, says the SPLC:

For the second year in a row, the radical right in America expanded explosively in 2010, driven by resentment over the changing racial demographics of the country, frustration over the government’s handling of the economy, and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories and other demonizing propaganda aimed at various minorities. For many on the radical right, anger is focusing on President Obama, who is seen as embodying everything that’s wrong with the country.

This trick of conflating the scary dangerous “radical right” with, you know, conservative Republicans, is something the SPLC has done more and more since hiring former USA Today reporter Mark Potok 15 years ago.

Note that, in a report entitled “The Year in Hate & Extremism 2010,” the SPLC finds occasion to mention the shooting of Gabby Giffords, which happened in January 2011. So we presume they’ll get two years’ worth of fund-raising “hate” value out of the same crime, committed by a Zeitgeist-obsessed left-wing psychotic (rather than by anyone associated with the right, radical or otherwise.) Note that a search of the SPLC’s site for the terms “Zeitgeist” and “Loughner” yields zero results.

How very convenient . . .


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