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Freedom Center Confronts CNN's Blacklist

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Freedom Center Confronts CNN's Blacklist

 

 

 

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August 22, 2017

 

 

Editor's Note: Below is a letter that the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s legal team sent to CNN on August 21, 2017, regarding their publishing of an article, The Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups, on August 17, 2017 (updated on August 18) listing the Freedom Center as an SPLC designated hate group. The SLPC’s “hate map” is a malicious and defamatory attack that deliberately crowds together neo-Nazis with the conservative political organizations it opposes. CNN has attacked freedom of speech and exposed itself to legal consequences by running the SPLC’s smear. And the Freedom Center won’t take it lying down.

 

 

 

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From Greenwald & Hoffman, LLP, Attorneys at Law, August 21, 2017.

Re: Defamatory statements regarding David Horowitz.

 

Dear Mr. Zucker, Mr. Vigilante, Mr. Davis, Mr. Andone, and Mr. Mullery:

 

This firm represents David Horowitz and the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a 501©(3) nonprofit corporation (“Freedom Center”) regarding the defamatory claim that CNN has published about David Horowitz and the Freedom Center in the website article by Dakin Andone and map by Will Mullery describing alleged hate groups throughout the United States. Without critical examination, Mr. Andone’s article refers to and blindly adopts as “widely accepted” the entire list of 917 alleged “hate groups” labeled as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (“SPLC”) website, which maliciously promotes the false accusation that the Freedom Center is a “hate group” and that David Horowitz is “anti-Muslim” and “anti-black”.

 

There is not a shred of truth to these false accusations. Although Mr. Andone and Mr. Mullery define a “hate group” as an organization with “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics,” David Horowitz personally challenges CNN to produce one statement of his or of the Freedom Center that denigrates a group of people based on their identity or immutable characteristics. Mr. Horowitz has written and published over a million words. There is not a single sentence of his that could qualify as racist or denigrating a group of people based on their identity. Nor are Mr. Andone, CNN, or the SPLC able to quote any. Mr. Andone and CNN should have fact-checked SPLC’s false designation of the Freedom Center before publishing it.

 

CNN and Mr. Andone cite the SPLC website as the source of their defamatory claim, but they have failed to critically examine that source before publishing this defamation. CNN has adopted, without adequate investigation, specious third party claims by the SPLC that Mr. Horowitz and the Freedom Center are “anti-Muslim” and “anti-black.” If CNN had thoroughly investigated these claims, it would have discovered a variety of articles that seriously undermine the credibility of SPLC’s hate list. For example, on October 30, 2016, Tablet Magazine published on the Internet an article exposing the SPLC’s recent blacklisting of David Horowitz and other writers and intellectuals. The article, entitled “A New Blacklist From the Southern Poverty Law Center Marks the Demise of a Once-Vital Organization,” is written by Lee Smith, a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. (See attached article.)

 

Smith’s article outlines in detail how the SPLC, which once valiantly fought against violent supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and defended those advocating non-violence, has turned on advocates of non-violence, like Maajid Nawaz, a practicing Muslim who is working within his Muslim community to push back against extremism. Nawaz frequently insists that “Islam is a religion of peace,” but because he is critical of those within his own faith who preach violent resolution of conflicts, the SPLC accuses Nawaz of “blasphemy” (a surprising term for an alleged civil rights organization) and targets him and others on SPLC’s blacklist as being anti-Muslim extremists. Really? Who is really the hate group here? And why is CNN supporting a hate group’s defamation of other groups?

 

Instead of defending Nawaz’s advocacy of non-violence and diversity of thought, the SPLC is “now aggressively defending the kind of violent supremacists it had once sought to prosecute, and attacking types like Nawaz it had once defended against violence.” The article explores several reasons for the SPLC’s betrayal of its prior mission, suggesting that the blacklist has nothing to do with real anti-Muslim extremism and is simply being used to smear the SPLC’s political enemies.

 

Attached is a recent article entitled, “D.C. Shooter A Fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center.” Not only has the SPLC’s hate list been connected to at least two incidents of attempted mass murder, the article quotes Mark Potock, of the SPLC, who admitted in an interview: "Our criteria for a 'hate group,' first of all, have nothing to do with criminality, or violence, or any kind of guess we're making about 'this group could be dangerous.' It's strictly ideological." (Emphasis added.)

 

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Censport

I hope this goes forward, and goes well for Horowitz and Freedom Center.

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Moderator T

It won't amount to much. CNN will say that they relied on the SLPC, a widely respected and reliable source used by government agencies, law enforcement agencies, as well as the media at large, and that if there is any fault, it lies solely with SLPC.

 

 

On a related note, Free Republic is on their list of "hate" groups, under the category of anti-government/patriot (which is apparently something the SLPC equates to hate).

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ASE

Seems to me that the 'blacklist' from SPLC should also include the SPLC as one of those 'hate groups'.

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Joe the Pagan

I have mentioned before I have a friend who is studying his Nordic roots. He is a heathen, and got a tattoo of a holy symbol of Odin. He called me in tears because he read that it was a racist symbol. It turned out it was from the SPLC. I had to explain to him that the SPLC sees everything as racist.

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