By Philip  |  03-13-2018   Opinion
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Southern Poverty Law Center just keeps upping the ante on their "anti-hate" hatemongering. The latest ridiculous affair involves independent journalist, Tim Pool. Now bear in mind, Tim Pool is certainly not your average "white supremacist" especially considering the fact that he's actually part Korean and Osage (Native American tribe), but why let the facts get in the way of a good story, right? Perhaps the scariest thing about this though is that the SPLC is a "trusted flagger" for YouTube and also charged with "protecting" the internet from extremism. Tim Pool is in actuality fairly moderate and most would describe him as center-left more than anything, so the charges that a mixed race, moderate center-left is an Alt-Right figure from the folks who have their fists wrapped around the banhammer is more than a little frightening.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It’s insane that SPLC is the org selected to police Facebook, Apple, Google, Twitter. Targeting Tim Pool is a perfect example of why not to use these clowns. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Politidork (@DorkPoliti) <a href="">March 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">SPLC has a clear definition of alt right <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Tim Pool (@Timcast) <a href="">March 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Even <a href="">BUZZFEED called out the SPLC</a> on their shoddy reporting in this case. The article went into how many far-right personalities were, in fact, Russian operatives sowing dissent. Unfortunately, many of these "Russian operatives" are really just centrists or moderates to the right or left who dissent on key points such as support for war, globalism, radical feminism. There is a litany of ideological sins that can land you on the SPLC list of dangerous extremists. Hatewatch, an SPLC blog that "monitors and exposes the activities of the American radical right," claim that even leftists can be used as tools for far right "fascists." The article only lasted for about a day, but the fallout will hopefully reverberate for some time.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I humbly ask the <a href="">@splcenter</a> to retract their claims about me. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Tim Pool (@Timcast) <a href="">March 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Many have, rightly, called out the SPLC in the past but as they amp up their list of "extremists" they seem in danger of becoming the non-profit that cried Nazi. Initially, the SPLC tracked hate groups like the KKK, but since the rise of right-wing populism, the anti-SJW movement and Trump's presidency the list of "extremists" seems to grow longer and more far-fetched over time. SPLC has not yet offered a reason why they took down the article, but it possibly has something to do with the fact that it is completely false, even fabricating events like Pool attending some conference in Iran.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow, SPLC not only falsely claims I have been to Iran but also claims I&#39;m &quot;alt right.&quot; <br><br>Perhaps they deleted it because its insane? <br><br>Sorry, not only did I not attend a conference in Iran, I have never been there and am certainly not &quot;alt right.&quot;<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Tim Pool (@Timcast) <a href="">March 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote>"I have never been to Iran nor have I spoken at a conference there," Pool told BuzzFeed News. "I also take offense to them calling me alt right because I come from 2 generations of interracial families and have no 'white identity,'" Pool continued.</blockquote>

Who else is a dangerous Alt-Right, Russian influenced extremist, by the way? Leftist and anti-war advocate Max Blumenthal of the progressive news site AlterNet and the green party candidate Dr. Jill Stein made the list. Multiple journalists mentioned in the now deleted article have accused SPLC of literally making up material to suit their needs. It wouldn't be the first time, by the way. We previously covered the story of Hope Not Hate's supposed "infiltration" of white nationalists in the Northwest. Controversial ceramicist and dissident revisionist historian Charles Krafft helped set the story straight about a handful of items that were highly embellished, or downright untrue.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr">Kunst / Handpainted porcelain автор Charles Krafft <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Хомячий Корм (@HomKorm) <a href="">February 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In a podcast, Pool calls the SPLC smear "insane fake news." Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer prize-winning founder of The Intercept worried that this kind of thinking conflates separate factions in the anti-war far-left expressing concern how this could lead to both sides being accused of being "bigots & tools of Nazis."

So far, Pool hasn't received an apology or explanation for the defamation regarding his mention in the article which expressed concern that the far right is "operationalizing" far-left anti-war groups. "I reached out to them [SPLC] but they never responded."

Here at the Goldwater we consider ourselves to be bastions of free speech so any attempts to muzzle journalists are on our radar. We will continue to follow along with the SPLC and other groups as they continue to eat their own and ruin any semblance of credibility they may have ever had.


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Anonymous No. 20511 1520975882

SPLC seems to be as intelligent, collectively, as mad Maxine.

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