Thursday, March 4, 2010

mark potok: individualist

media picking up SPLC's hateful talking points against gun owners and Tea Partiers, david codrea.

Reporter Gina Redmond relies heavily on hysteria from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mark Potok, who ultimately concedes it's not groups he cites that are to blame, but individuals who go off the deep end.

and it was about time, too. actually, this is the best position i've ever seen him take, apart from a few little things, like the totally fake numbers. maybe he's starting to worry about where all the money comes from, and why FBI and ATF assets somehow seem to find their way into employment alongside him.

more importantly, mike vanderboegh was interviewed by nbc for the same segment, although they cut every instance of him refuting potok's on-the-spot statistics. then there's this.

this week in babylon, ken silverstein, harper's. scroll down for the juice.

Back in 2000, I wrote a story in Harper's about the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, Alabama, whose stated mission is to combat disgusting yet mostly impotent groups like the Nazis and the KKK. What it does best, though, is to raise obscene amounts of money by hyping fears about the power of those groups; hence the SPLC has become the nation's richest “civil rights” organization. The Center earns more from its vast investment portfolio than it spends on its core mission, which has led Millard Farmer, a death-penalty lawyer in Georgia, to once describe Morris Dees, the SPLC's head, as “the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement” (adding, “I don't mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye”).

oh, be fair, ken. everybody (except you?) knows that without the federal subsidies, the aryan nation would not exist in any capacity beyond some guy's collection of WWII memorabilia.

It should be remembered that the same tropes were put into play early in the last Democratic administration, just before the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing – a terrorist act for which disenchanted former federal employee Timothy McVeigh was executed, but was actually carried out with the help of "others unknown," including several federal assets connected to a bizarre little white supremacist commune known as Elohim City.

ah, yes. the day that only two of the 17 ATF agents whose parent building was about to be blown to pieces decided to show up for work -- and they were compilance officers that worked in DEA, not ATF field agents. allegedly, the ATF field agents were paged that morning and told to stay home, but nobody gave the FBI a call... because what's a little bombing between pals?

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