George and Amal Clooney donate $1 million to group that is taking conservatives down
Actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney made a large donation to the SPLC, which has been accused of mislabeling conservative groups as "hate groups."(Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)

Actor  and liberal activist George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife, Amal Clooney, donated $1 million to a group that has been mislabeling conservative organizations as “hate groups.” A statement released by the couple said the donation was in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Reuters describes the Southern Poverty Law Center as “a U.S. nonprofit that monitors extremists and domestic hate groups,” but their methodology has been criticized widely for being unfairly biased against groups with conservative values.

“What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,” the Clooneys said in the statement.

In July, the SPLC labeled a prominent Christian nonprofit organization as a “hate group” because it sought to defend Christian values. The label was reported by ABC News, which then faced a torrent of criticism over the misleading characterization. (Related: Islamist Propaganda is Coming Full Speed Ahead To Local Newspapers Near You – Funded By Soros)

In December, the SPLC was criticized for excluding racial epithets and crimes against white people in their list of hate crimes.

Richard Cohen, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, thanked the couple for “standing with us at this critical moment in our country’s fight against hate.”

Clooney has raised millions for Democratic causes and politicians, including Hillary Clinton, but even he admitted that he was uneasy with how much money was spent on political campaigns.

“I think it’s ridiculous that we should have this kind of money in politics,” he said in April last year. (Related: New ‘Black Tax’ Bill To Be Paid By White People Proposed By Congressman John Conyers)

Make no mistake, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a liberal tool to shutdown and oppose conservative views, websites, media and free speech. And they are posing as a human rights organization. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a fraud and nobody should treat them as responsible actors

Repeating a mistake made by many major media outlets before it, CNN on Thursday published a map of registered hate groups sourced entirely from the Southern Poverty Law Center, an irresponsible advocacy group that purports to operate as an objective assessor of hate. Just one day earlier, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company was set to make a $1 million donation to the SPLC as well.

But the SPLC’s claim to objectivity is nothing less than fraudulent, a reality that informed observers of its practices from both the Left and Right accept. The routine of debunking their supposedly objective classifications occurs like clockwork each time a major outlet makes the mistake of turning to them when reporting on the many conservative thinkers and nonprofits the group absurdly designates as hateful. (Related: Read and Watch Neo-Marxist Linda Sarsour’s Special Message For White People)

So here we go again.

The SPLC routinely lumps conservative advocacy groups in with legitimate hate organizations, putting proponents of traditional family values in the same category as neo-Nazis and the KKK. In a July note to supporters, the Family Research Council, a conservative nonprofit the SPLC has attacked, referred to the center as “a left wing smear group who has become exactly what they set out to fight, spreading hate and putting targets on people’s backs.”

And they’re exactly correct.

Five years ago, for instance, a gunman opened fire at FRC’s headquarters, leaving a security guard injured, in part because he saw the organization was listed as a hate group on the SPLC’s website.

In June, 41 conservative movement leaders sent a letter that addressed the matter, explaining that the SPLC’s “‘hate group’ list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies.”

“The list is ad hoc, partisan, and agenda-driven,” the letter continued. “The SPLC doesn’t even pretend to identify groups on the political left that engage in ‘hate.'”

In 2010, liberal journalist Ken Silverstein called the group “essentially a fraud” with “a habit of casually labeling organizations as ‘hate groups.'” (Related: Cenk Uygur Slut-Shames Jenna Jameson, but Jenna Gets the Last Laugh)

“In doing so,” Silverstein wrote, “the SPLC shuts down debate, stifles free speech, and most of all, raises a pile of money, very little of which is used on behalf of poor people.” In 2000, Silverstein reported on the SPLC’s practice of exploiting tragedy with misleading fundraising efforts that allow it to amass tens of millions of dollars in donations.

In a column earlier this summer, the Washington Examiner‘s Timothy P. Carney described how the liberal strategy of lumping mainstream conservatives in with extremists is a dangerous tack that can actually end up making legitimate hate groups seem more innocuous.

There are real consequences to the SPLC’s racketeering. At this point, there is just no excuse for major news outlets to cite their work.

H/T Washington Examiner, TheBlaze, Various Linked Sources Above