Accuracy in Media

This is a time in the history of our nation when an honest group or congressional panel with integrity could name and ostracize extremists on both the right and left. Unfortunately, the media have crowned the misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as the arbiter of what’s good and right in America today. Ironically, it was the SPLC that inspired an act of terrorism on American soil, when a gay militant opened fire on the Washington office of the Family Research Council. He saw the group listed on an SPLC “hate map.”

Now we learn that James Hodgkinson, the gunman who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three other people on Wednesday, had “liked” the Southern Poverty Law Center on Facebook.

Isn’t it fascinating how a group that is regularly portrayed by the media as an expert on “extremists” is at the center of two terrorist incidents in the Washington, D.C. area?

It doesn’t really matter that the SPLC has denounced the Hodgkinson attack. What matters is that the media should stop using the SPLC as a resource for statements about the supposed extremism of groups other than the SPLC.

The pattern is clear. Those consumed with hatred of conservatives, or motivated by Marxism, are going to the SPLC for inspiration. Like the gay militant Floyd Corkins before him, James Hodgkinson probably used his computer to search the SPLC website and gather “intelligence” on his political enemies.

The SPLC is a despicable organization that in the past has been used as a resource by the Department of Justice and the FBI. Let’s hope those days are over. But considering the turmoil in the department, we really have no way of knowing.

The FBI could, and should, issue a statement noting the role of the SPLC in the climate of violence gripping the United States. Perhaps that might have a salutary effect on this organization.

However, at this point, the FBI is still reportedly searching for a motive behind the Hodgkinson shooting spree. The FBI is even circulating a flier declaring him “deceased” and asking the public to call the FBI hotline if they have information about what Hodgkinson has been doing in the D.C. area over the past several months.

The FBI says, “James T. Hodgkinson, deceased, is believed to be responsible for the shooting in the 400 Block of E. Monroe Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia, around 7:09 a.m. on June 14, 2017. The FBI is asking for the public’s assistance with any information regarding Hodgkinson.”

This is bureaucratic gobbledygook. An online dictionary defines gobbledygook as “language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of abstruse technical terms; nonsense.”

This is an even simpler case to solve than the anthrax letters case, in which the FBI investigators could see on the envelopes the phrases “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.” Still, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller blew that case, blaming American scientists for terrorism carried out by al Qaeda.

In the Hodgkinson case, we have pictures of him marching against the rich and glorifying Bernie Sanders. We have his Facebook posts devoted to liberal causes like global warming, “likes” of various far-left groups like the SPLC, and an addiction to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show, which has been obsessed with Donald Trump and Russia. Hodgkinson swallowed it hook, line, and sinker, concluding that Trump and other Republicans had to be “terminated” for treason.

“One of my favorite TV shows is ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ on MSNBC,” he said in a letter to the local paper. “On a recent show she stated that 17 very rich men are supplying the Republican Party with more than 60 percent of their campaign contributions.”

Still, the FBI is searching for a motive. We understand the motive. What we need to understand is the Marxist theory of hatred and class warfare that is being promoted by news organizations like MSNBC, and which drives somebody like Hodgkinson to kill.

Like the Islamic terrorists identified by President Trump as losers, Hodgkinson was a loser, too. A typical liberal motivated by Marxist jargon, he had employment and personal problems that he blamed on the rich.

But Hodgkinson was not a loner. He was a proud liberal who openly proclaimed his hatred on the Internet, and belonged to or liked a whole network of left-wing organizations. He had a support apparatus that still exists and which may currently be producing more would-be shooters.

Will MSNBC rein in Maddow’s ranting and raving against Trump and the Republicans? Not likely. Her ratings are too high. The market for left-wing hate is growing. She’s making too much money for the channel. More money, not less, stands to be made by stoking the fires of hatred.

As for the SPLC, it says, “We’re aware that the SPLC was among hundreds of groups that the man identified as the shooter ‘liked’ on Facebook. I want to be as clear as I can possibly be: The SPLC condemns all forms of violence. We have worked for decades to combat domestic terrorism and violence based on hate.”

This is more gobbledygook.

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  • rkeefe

    “We’re aware that the [Southern Poverty Law Center] was among hundreds of groups that the man identified as the shooter “liked” on Facebook,” the group said in a statement condemning the attack and “all forms of violence.”

    Under the SPLC’s own guidelines, “liking” a Facebook page is tantamount to “having ties to,” which, under the company’s highly lucrative “vicarious liability” strategy, equals guilt by association.

    Those who stir the pot are condemned to lick the spoon.

  • J. Glenn

    I want a bumper sticker that reads: “I’m Republican. Go ahead; make my day.”

    I’m angry with GOP lawmakers who add to the implied both-sides-do-it mentality because that only benefits Democrats in the long run and is the furthest thing from the truth.

    From the 1830s to the present, Democrats have killed, maimed and destroyed property here and around the world in conjunction with international Marxists, and they must finally and decisively be stopped.

    Left to their own devices, Democrats will continue to elevate more and more sociopaths for their own horrific and twisted purposes; that’s why we now suffer at the hands and minds of mentally deranged mobs and useful idiots whose ranks include Hodgkinson, Maddow, Matthews, Sanders, Clinton, et al.

  • Patrick Baumery

    I am sure Raphael madcow wanted to be in the cartoons but the news was paying better. When are u gonna stop lieing actually report the news.

  • steven

    The time is long overdue for the Southern poverty Law Center to be investigated and shut down if it is the terrorist provoking organization that it seems to be.
    Mr. Pres. you have the power to have them investigated and it’s upper echelon put in prison if they are indeed provoking acts of terrorism.

  • eric

    All Tax payers are separated into three groups . This is the republicans idea of a honest load 15 LBs , 25 Ibs , and 35 LBs . Doesn’t matter how strong or how weak or old you are . all other taxes are levied exactly equal based on consumption of gasoline nicotine or ounces of alcohol . There is a great deal more difference in individual pulling power than these three tax loads . This is the point that Mr Hodgkinson the shooter , the Bernie supporter , wanted to make . I don’t know if he made his point but it cost him his life and hurt a lot of innocent people needlessly . George Sores and the Koch brothers seem to be able to influence on our laws a lot more than the ordinary voters other wise the 1 percenters would not be gaining so fast and the Mr Hodgkinson’s falling threw the cracks and cracking up

  • Dave Morris

    Maddow is Scarborough in drag.

  • AngelHorseMomMD223

    I can’t help but point out the irony of the class warriors like Maddow Sanders Clinton Soros Steyer Bezos Musk etc all being incredibly wealthy themselves or the irony of an “anti hate” group like SPLC inspiring hate themselves

  • Ron Ferrero

    Go to hell all you people do is disrespect your president ..move to russia get off the air

  • Kodiman

    How much disdain must the poorer American take when Trumpcare is revealed through the House? The effort by majority leader to get a major tax break for the top 1% is unconscionable. Is it not possible watching these Republican representatives and senators completely disregard the working poor and laughingly put forth 2 bills that would wipe out their health insurances, to snap! Did the GOP reps ask their constituents if it was ok to kill denning predators because NRA and Safari International want to make Alaska National Refuge another South Africa for zealous hunters? Republicans have voted not for the people but for their party and personal gains. It is the oath of office that has completely disintegrated from most Republicans. The war in Congress is affecting all of us….like one constituent during a Republican town hall meeting recently, quoting from our forefathers written legacy…”revolt” against tyranny and oppression!

  • Daniel M. Bresnahan

    Move to Russia? That’s where Trump gets his orders!

  • Daniel M. Bresnahan

    Poor poverty-stricken Trump!

  • Daniel M. Bresnahan

    By all means let’s shut down the Commie left. Let’s kill them all off!

  • Richard Schmidt

    just unplug the TV or browser.

  • Wanda Wyatt

    Wow do you not realize that the man attacked the Republicans was a Bernie crazed thug? Or don’t you care?

  • Wanda Wyatt

    You would make a good fit for Iraq!

  • Wanda Wyatt

    Poor poverty stricken minded Daniel! So bitter and full of hate!

  • Wanda Wyatt

    You need some professional help please get some before you end up hurting someone or yourself.

  • Kodiman

    Are you from planet Earth? Bernie thug? Clinton thug? Who cares!!!!Trump also has thugs! If citizens get backed into a corner..this is what happens. Please read thoroughly..this is not about a Bernie thug….address your comments to the appropriate statement idiot!

  • greatj

    M.S.N.B.C works for the Democratic Party.

  • Kelly Smith

    I understand isis is looking for a few good soldiers. I’ll even buy your ticket, one way that is.

  • Wanda Wyatt

    look uneducated subhuman. the man was a Bernie supporter.

  • Wanda Wyatt

    Save your liberal bias snowflake insults …………………..

  • Wanda Wyatt

    Yes rats get backed into corners and attack! Just like Hillary and Bernie supporters!

  • Kodiman

    You are a crazed track mind!

  • Just think how much better things would be if all the big-mouth liberals who threatened to leave the country if Trump was elected actually did so.

    Say “liberal left wing wind bag” rapidly six times.

  • Wanda Wyatt

    You need professional help–please get some. You should not be walking around free to poison the atmosphere with you sick and evil liberal bias BS! Grow up and try to act like an adult! I am blocking you because I have better to do with time than argue with a jack-ass! I AM NOT THE “JACK-ASS-WHISPER”!

  • Kodiman

    Thank god….she’s gone

  • Gilbert Gia

    You said, I said, you are, you are, you must be, you must be …