Archive for November, 2009

SPLC: “Potok’s Pinheads”

November 15, 2009

As its increasingly elderly donor base shuffles invariably toward that actuarial inevitability that awaits us all, the Southern Poverty Law Center is always on the lookout for innovative ways to attract new blood.

As a more positive counterpoint to his somewhat grim “Hate Map,” SPLC public relations guru, Mark Potok dreamed up a brilliant device he calls the “Stand Strong Against Hate” map.

In exchange for nothing more than your full name, postal and e-mail addresses, you too can “stand strong” and become a digital pinhead on an interactive national map.

By adding their personal information to the SPLC’s massive mailing list, pinheads are assured that they are doing their part in “stopping the racist backlash from infecting your community.”

Interestingly, the site makes no mention of exactly how being a pinhead will stop the backlash, or what becomes of your personal information?

It goes without saying that you will soon begin to receive donation requests within weeks of taking a stand.  A skeptic, however, realizing that SPLC founder Morris Dees was inducted into the Direct Marketing Association’s Hall of Fame in 1998 for his fund raising prowess, and who has been known to buy and barter a few mailing lists in his day, might wonder if the esteemed “civil rights icon” might not be tempted to sell or rent your info to the highest bidder.

No guarantees of privacy are given or implied.

The text accompanying the map repeats Potok’s spurious statistics about alleged “hate groups” and even offers visitors the opportunity to report their own “hate incidents,” after signing up for the pinhead program, of course.

Potok and his minions will follow up on the reports, as long as no actual investigation or documentation is required. As Potok told the on July 6, 2009, his all-important “Intelligence Report,” the keystone of all SPLC fund-raising propaganda and source of data for the Hate Map, “…relies on media, citizen and law enforcement reports, and does not include original reporting by SPLC staff.”

Simply brilliant. Is it any wonder that PR man Potok is compensated with more than $143,000 donor dollars a year? It hardly seems like enough when you consider the tens of millions of donor dollars Mr. Potok’s whimsical creations bring into the Center’s coffers each year.

Who can estimate how many of the $156 million donor dollars residing in the SPLC’s “Endowment Fund” are the direct result of Mr. Potok’s efforts? Potok really deserves a bigger cut of the donor pie.

There’s plenty of cash to go around, kids, and no doubt Potok’s Pinheads will be called upon to add their mite to the all important donor pot, too.

Hate doesn’t stand a chance against the power of pinheads.

More “Tolerance” from the SPLC

November 13, 2009

When CNN’s Lou Dobbs announced on November 11 that he was stepping down from that network, one could almost hear the shouts of joy ringing out from Montgomery.

“Damn, if we haven’t done it again!”

The reason for all the glee? The ever-tolerant Southern Poverty Law Center had added its mite to the war on silencing anyone who disagrees with those who are making millions off the backs of illegal aliens.

Yesterday, yet another fund-raising letter from multimillionaire Dick Cohen arrived in the e-mail, crowing about how the SPLC had silenced another dissident.

“Can’t have free speech breaking out around here. It might foment “hate” and so we’ll just have to bludgeon all “wrong thinkers” early and often. Oh, and by the way, here’s how you can send us more money…”

If it were not for the fact that so many elderly people, on fixed incomes, believe the SPLC’s public relations releases and send in tens of millions of donor dollars a year, Cohen’s spiel would be laughable.

Dobbs, it seems, “used his platform to spread myths and propaganda,” sez Cohen, from his platform.

Dobbs was “poisoning the debate over immigration reform,” says the SPLC, which routinely smears anyone who stands to the right of its ultra left-wing policies as “anti-immigrant,” “nativist,” “white supremacist,” and of course, whenever two or more are gathered, as a “hate group”.

And Dobbs was “inciting fear and hate against Latinos,” but no mention is made, either in the PR press release or on the SPLC website, of the fact that thanks to the hate-filled rhetoric of the SPLC, La Raza and others making money off the illegal alien industry, someone fired a shot at Lou Dobbs and his wife in October.

Tolerance is a beautiful thing, baby.

Cohen continues by stating that Dobbs got his information from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, (FAIR), a group the SPLC has designated as a “hate group”. Cohen, realizing full well that the term “hate groups” is meaningless as it has no legal definition, even the FBI doesn’t track “hate groups” for that reason. A “hate group” is pretty much whatever Cohen and his fellow multimillionaires at the Center, Dees and Levin, deem it to be.

(In March 2008, SPLC public relations guru, Mark Potok summed up the SPLC’s official definition of what exactly constitutes a “hate” group by stating that “…a “hate group” has nothing to do with criminality[or] potential for violence…” Rather, as Potok put it, “It’s all about ideology.”)

Basically, if you disagree with their ideology, the SPLC will smear you as a “hate group”.

Naturally, Cohen’s note ends with a link where folks can send him more money. The SPLC has fallen on hard times, due to the current recession, and is down to its last $156 MILLION, tax-free donor dollars, so your help has never been more important.

Remember folks, the first million donor dollars you send in has to be split between Cohen, Dees and Levin, who have all been multimillionaires for decades.

Only you can fight free speech in America. Give ’til it hurts


Southern Poverty Law Center
Nov. 12, 2009Dear Friend,

Last night, CNN anchor Lou Dobbs announced his departure from the network. As you know, we’ve been highly critical of Dobbs because he has used his platform to spread myths and propaganda — poisoning the debate over immigration reform and inciting fear and hate against Latinos.

The SPLC was one of the first groups to bring public attention to Dobbs’ use of false information provided by racist hate groups.

With your support, we exposed his wildly inaccurate reporting about immigrants — such as his insistence that immigrants had brought thousands of new cases of leprosy to the United States during a recent three-year period.

And we condemned his reliance on the Federation for American Immigration Reform as an authority on immigration issues. This is an organization we have named a hate group with longtime ties to white supremacists.

This past July, we called on CNN executives to fire Dobbs after he relentlessly promoted the racist and utterly baseless idea that President Obama is not a native-born American citizen. Soon thereafter, a number of other organizations joined our call.

Immigration reform is an important and complex issue, one that should be debated honestly. We hope that Dobbs’ resignation sends a message to other commentators that the airwaves shouldn’t be used to vent extremist rhetoric and fan the flames of hate. Doing so has serious and sometimes violent consequences, as illustrated by the rise in hate crimes against Latinos and the unprecedented number of threats against Obama.

We are committed to exposing those who disseminate misinformation that foments hate. Together, we took a stand, and our actions made a difference. Thank you for everything you do to combat bigotry and intolerance.

Richard Cohen photo Thank you for your support,
Richard Cohen
J. Richard Cohen
President, Southern Poverty Law Center

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