The Southern Poverty Law Center is one of the most profitable “non-profits” in the country today, and it pretty much has a free pass in almost every mainstream media outlet, where its spurious “data” is almost never questioned.
Fortunately the Blogosphere is less gullible and criticism of the SPLC’s dubious “reports” and fundraising practices comes from all across the political and social spectrum.
Recently, the Closet Professor blog, written by a long-time resident of Montgomery, Alabama, home to the SPLC’s corporate headquarters, posted text from an SPLC anti-gay “hate group” report, followed by his own impressions of the SPLC. The post is interesting because the author, as a gay academic, is more representative of the SPLC’s donor demographic than those with legitimate criticisms of their fundraising tactics.
You can learn a lot about an organization by hearing what the neighbors have to say.