MEDIA STRATEGY BEHIND THE HATE CRIMES RACKET
By Cliff Kincaid
December 10, 2010
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC) thinks he has figured out why the Southern Poverty Law Center put the FRC on a list of “hate” groups. He quotes Richard Cohen, SPLC’s president, as saying, “We don’t believe that some of these people should be put on national TV.”
This is indeed the media strategy behind using the “hate” label on conservatives. The label has been used by the George Soros-funded Media Matters group to argue that certain “hate” groups should not be taken seriously by the media.
Here’s how it works: the SPLC labels a group hateful and Media Matters then uses the label to argue that the group doesn’t deserve any media attention. The real danger comes when this authoritarian mentality is translated into government action.