Written by Alex Newman
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a leftist “civil rights” outfit that has been criticized and ridiculed from across the political spectrum, issued its latest “Intelligence Report” about the supposed threat posed by “Patriot” groups and other right-wing “extremists.” Employing its usual deceptive tactics in a transparent but failed effort to lump Christians and constitutionalists in with racists and terrorists, the SPLC claimed the number of “anti-government extremist” organizations had reached “record” levels — and that the increase was due in large part to the fact that President Obama is half black.
As usual, the increasingly discredited “mainstream” media — recent polls show more than 60 percent of Americans have little to no trust in the establishment press, and ratings continue to plummet — dutifully reported the SPLC rants. However, this year, perhaps alarmed at the dramatic plunge in their audience sizes and credibility, several major media outlets did offer some uncharacteristic balance in their articles while reporting on the SPLC’s latest fear-mongering campaign.
“Capping four years of explosive growth sparked by the election of America’s first black president and anger over the economy, the number of conspiracy-minded antigovernment ‘Patriot’ groups reached an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012, while the number of hard-core hate groups remained above 1,000,” claimed SPLC “Senior Fellow” Mark Potok in a statement about the group’s widely ridiculed findings. “As President Obama enters his second term with an agenda of gun control and immigration reform, the rage on the right is likely to intensify.”
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