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You’ll recall the Southern Poverty Law Center recently targeting the Manosphere – bloggers like Roosh, Ferdinand Bardamu, Paul Elam, and W.F. Price. The SPLC published an “Intelligence Report” which I and others argued is evidence of “mission creep” over at SPLC. Manufacturing “hate groups” and “extremists” out of thin air helps keep the SPLC relevant. It’s the liberal version of Jack Van Impe. Scare the hell out of the good donors in order to keep the phones ringing and the checks coming in.
On the complete other end of the spectrum is Joseph Farah, founder of WND. In a recent op-ed there he points out that SPLC is set to publish an Intelligence Report focusing on Farah and his right-leaning publication. WND is one of the last outfits still entertaining questions over President Obama’s birth place and birth certificate. WND also opposed gay marriage, and they’ve increasingly addressed the increasing number of black-on-white attacks that have occurred across the country of late*. Farah wrote:
Any day now, expect to see a major hit piece on WND in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report.
I was informed by Leah Nelson, an SPLC intelligence project fellow, that the fear-mongering scam is preparing a “profile” of WND in the next issue. Nelson was soliciting an interview with me – kind of like the executioner granting the wrongly convicted the opportunity to speak his last words.
I already know the SPLC’s conclusions about me and WND.
Here’s the gist of it. The present-day SPLC is still riding the coattails of the bygone SPLC (I say this assuming but not knowing for sure that SPLC once did solid work against outfits like the KKK). So they’ve had to loosen the definition of the term “hate group” or increased the scope of their mission to the point that more and more people find the organization a joke. It’s not that the Manosphere or WND are completely correct in everything they say, but do they do and say things that warrant the wrath of the SPLC – the organization that once went after actual hate groups that were hell bent on inflicting pain on the country and on minorities? Typically, the media has lagged the progression. The SPLC, like the ADL, is still the go-to for any story about potential hate groups. They have a duopoly on what “deserves” to be marginalized.
This is actually a good thing. The more that the SPLC tarnishes its brand by going after low-hanging fruit, the quicker it completely dilutes its power and authority. It’s sort of like investment analysts during the stock market bubble. Everything was a buy to these guys, and they finally worked themselves out of a job because nobody put stock in their “Buy” ratings anymore after they’d looked at what was being peddled.
*For the record, I’m not a Birther, but I don’t think that Birthers are absolutely bat-shit crazy like anti-Birthers believe. The latest flare up is a good example of Obama being unclear about his past.