Archive for March, 2011

SPLC — “Ding! Dong! The Klan is Dead!!”

March 27, 2011

Which old Klan? Why, the wicked Klan. Who knew?

As it turns out, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s $147,000 donor-dollar-a-year “Intelligence Director,” (read: Public Relations Guru), Mark Potok knew.

Regular readers of Watching the Watchdogs will be familiar with our coverage of Mr. Potok’s proclamations and prognostications, but Mr. Potok’s most recent public statement caught us completely off guard.

Mark Potok began downgrading the threat posed by the Ku Klux Klan several months ago, as we reported here:

“The Klan of today is small, fractured, impotent and irrelevant,” Potok said. (www.timesfreepress.com, September 12, 2010)

“The Klan is a sorry shadow of its former self. It’s common for the KKK to brag about big numbers, but usually they are largely outnumbered by the counter-protesters, Potok said.

Even on the white supremacist scene, the Klan is seen as less important today, he said.” (www.chronicle.augusta.com, October 21, 2010)

But just last week, Mr. Potok drove a stake into the heart of the SPLC’s prime fund-raising bogey-man:

But Potok said the Klan has disintegrated. “There is no Klan now,” he said, only a collection of squabbling organizations. (www.sanluisobispo.com, March 23, 2011)

That’s right folks… It’s official!! Intelligence Director Mark Potok announces that “There is NO Klan now!!”

Considering the tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars the SPLC has garnered over the decades from exploiting the specter of pointy-headed Klansmen roaming the streets of America, it’s almost incomprehensible that Mr. Potok would cut the throat of this most sacred cash cow.

Fortunately for Mr. Potok and the SPLC, it really doesn’t matter what they say or do. Their mostly elderly donors will continue to cut checks, the so-called media will never vet as much as a single Potokian claim, and the SPLC’s coffers will continue to bulge (they now have more than $216 MILLION tax-free dollars in cash on hand)

On February 23, 2011, Mark Potok released his latest “Hate Map,” claiming that there were 221 Klan “groups,” even though he was unable to locate 109 of them on the map.

On March 23, 2011, Mark Potok announced that “There is no Klan now.”

Since Mr. Potok’s “Hate Map” is a simple HTML web page, which any middle-schooler can edit with ease, we can expect that by April 23, 2011, the “Hate Map” numbers will drop accordingly. Right?

Right???

SPLC — Black “Hate Groups” Lead the Pack?

March 8, 2011

A recent posting on http://www.mediaite.com brought some interesting “hate group” statistics to light that the Southern Poverty Law Center will probably opt to ignore in their future fund-raising propaganda.

The article, by Frances Martel, comments on MSNBC host Cenk Uygur’s difficulties in believing that “Black Separatists” were the third largest category on the SPLC’s spurious “Hate Map.” Uygur happily rattles off the list of usual suspects until he gets to the third entry:

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As Ms. Martel points out, Uyur couldn’t even get the words out:

“Topping the list,” he began, “[are] the Ku Klux Klan with 221 groups. They are followed with Neo-Nazi groups with 170 groups, and”– at this point Uygur stops for a beat, before ending the list with “that doesn’t make any sense.”

(Click the link at the beginning of this post to find the video. Uygur’s moment of shock comes at 1:30)

Apparently, it makes perfect sense to the SPLC’s public relations guru Mark Potok, who is compensated with more than $147,000 donor-dollars a year to cook up the SPLC’s “Hate Map.”

As Watching the Watchdogs pointed out on February 27, 2011, Potok’s “Hate Map” is the SPLC’s most potent fund-raising tool. Even though there is no legal definition for “hate group,” this in no way hinders Mr. Potok from pulling numbers out of the air, which the mainstream media will regurgitate verbatim as “fact” without ever investigating a single claim.

Fortunately, Watching the Watchdogs is happy to look at Mr. Potok’s claims, and as usual, we find them wanting.

Last month, Potok released his “Hate Map” for 2010, claiming there were now 1,002 “hate groups” in America. A closer look, however, revealed that, foremost among many shortcomings, Mr. Potok neglected to connect 262 of the alleged groups with any known communities. We know they are there because Mr. Potok tells us they are there. Right?

Ironically, these phantom groups are instrumental in understanding Mr. Potok’s incredible claim that “Black Separatists” are not only the third largest group on his “Hate Map,” they actually lead the pack!

The SPLC has been hoisting the white sheets of the Ku Klux Klan for decades as proof that “hate groups” are everywhere. Shockingly, Mr. Potok all but invalidated the SPLC’s prize “hate group” cash cow last fall when he stated:

“The Klan of today is small, fractured, impotent and irrelevant,” Potok said. (www.timesfreepress.com, September 12, 2010)

“The Klan is a sorry shadow of its former self. It’s common for the KKK to brag about big numbers, but usually they are largely outnumbered by the counter-protestors, Potok said.

Even on the white supremacist scene, the Klan is seen as less important today, he said.” (www.chronicle.augusta.com, October 21, 2010)

As if to underscore this shocking admission, a closer look at Potok’s Klan numbers show that 109 out of the 227 alleged Klan groups are homeless. That’s 49% of the Klan’s total and 41% of the national phantom total overall!

In NINETEEN STATES every single alleged Klan group listed is homeless. In 12 other states, Mr. Potok could only be bothered to make up one or two locations while the rest of the alleged Klan groups float in limbo.

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Fifty-eight Neo-Nazi and 19 white nationalist groups are also non-existent, and yet, only FIVE of Mr. Potok’s Black Separatist groups are unaffiliated. Adjusting the numbers for these non-existent “groups” produces an entirely new list of standings:

Ku Klux Klan       221 – 109 = 112
Neo-Nazis            170 – 58 = 112
White Nat’lists     136 – 19 =  117

Black Separatists 149 – 5 = 144

Well, Mr. Potok, now what do you have to say about your “Hate Map”? Granted, Potok only grudgingly includes Black racists on his list, and only then by blaming them on whites:

Although the Southern Poverty Law Center recognizes that much black racism in America is, at least in part, a response to centuries of white racism…

Potok concludes by reluctantly admitting one of the major pitfalls of making hundreds of millions of tax-free donor-dollars by finding “hate” everywhere:

“Although the racism of a group like the Nation [of Islam] may be relatively easy to understand, if we seek to expose white hate groups, we cannot be in the business of explaining away the black ones.”

Good for you, Mr. Potok! At this rate, you’ll be admitting that hate and racism are universally human failings and not endemic white ones.

In the final analysis, however, Mr. Potok’s numbers on Black “hate groups” are equally as meaningless as those on white groups. The SPLC is the sole arbiter of the “hate group” label, and nobody in the mainstream media can be bothered to even look at Mr. Potok’s underlying figures, as Mr. Uygur’s visceral reaction so perfectly demonstrates.

Mr. Uygur’s reaction is typical of many in the mainstream media. Not only are these people unwilling to do their jobs by investigating Potok’s claims, many of them are physically and mentally unable to do so.

What we are left with, though, is a perfect example of how numbers can be manipulated to produce any result desired, which has helped to earn the Southern Poverty Law Center more than a third of a billion tax-free dollars since 2003 alone.


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