The Southern Poverty Law Center has targeted WND with one of its well-practiced smears.
SPLC, a self-styled “civil rights” organization, has attempted to discredit WND by associating the organization with a group that indulged in a negligible amount of over-the-top rhetoric.
SPLC has come under fire in the past for using a political bullying technique called “bracketing,” in which a respectable organization is smeared by linking it to racist or violent groups. Just last week, WND reported on SPLC efforts to “bracket” the nation’s most prestigious pro-family organizations by labeling them “haters” of homosexuals.
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“The SPLC is a marginal, fringe, extremist organization that establishes its own credibility and fund-raising base by attacking others as marginal, fringe and extremist” said Joseph Farah, founder of WND. “They employ the worst kinds of Saul Alinsky-style tactics, but they are nothing more than a hate-mongering machine that slimes others for fun and profit. I think most informed people on the left and right recognize this fact – but it still bears repeating over and over for those who have not caught on to their modus operandi.”
In an article headlined “Patriot Rhetoric Becomes Increasingly Violent,” SPLC described the group, the American Policy Center, as a “conspiracy-minded” arm of the “Patriot movement,” which is “determined to take back the country for the people.” APC describes itself as an advocate of free markets and limited government.
SPLC wrote that speakers at APC’s August, 2010 Freedom Action National Conference were “united by rage” at the federal government.
Read More: By Brian Fitzpatrick, WND