Newsweek has labeled the
Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit a "hate group" in a
headline published in advance of President Trump's speech there.
The online story that appeared Thursday was headlined, “Donald Trump to
speak at hate group’s annual event, a first for a president.” It doesn’t
explain who actually labeled it as a hate group until the third
Newsweek cites the Southern Poverty Law Center as the organization that
deemed the Family Research Council a “hate group,” but the SPLC doesn’t
exactly have the best reputation itself. The group claims to fight “hate
and bigotry” and seeks “justice for the most vulnerable members of
However, many critics say the group’s methodology for labeling a group
or person as “extremist” in unclear and the Pentagon recently severed
all ties to the group, according to the Daily Caller.
"This vile group claims to be expert on hate, but that's only because it
promotes hatred of conservatives and Christian groups."
- Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor
“There's absolutely nothing legitimate about the Southern Poverty Law
Center's so-called hate list. This vile group claims to be expert on
hate, but that's only because it promotes hatred of conservatives and
Christian groups,” Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor told
Earlier this month, the Daily Caller obtained emails that show the
Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal
Opportunity “removed any and all references” to the SPLC from its
training materials. The SPLC has also been under fire from conservative
organizations, and a Christian ministry group based in Florida sued the
SPLC last Summer after it labeled the ministry as a hate group.
The Patriot Post calls the SPLC “the anti-hate group that is a hate
group” and labeled it as “un-American” in a story that specifically
questions why the media continues to quote them – which is exactly what
Newsweek did with its headline.
“The next time you see the Southern Poverty Law Center quoted in the
news, just remember: the masterminds behind the SPLC aren’t eliminating
hate. They are fueling it,” the Patriot Post wrote on Friday.
It’s been a rough time for
Newsweek and the magazine has issued at least 20 corrections in 2017,
including at least one per month, and even has a page on its website
dedicated to its mistakes. The magazine admitted to over 50 mistakes in
2016 and recently issued an embarrassing retraction about a story that
falsely detailed the life of the Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend with
salacious information that turned out to be fake news.
Citing public records, the original story claimed Stephen Paddock's
girlfriend, Marilou Danley, had used two social security accounts and
had two husbands at the same time. The now-retracted story said that
Danley is the “one person who holds the key to solving the mystery” of
the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Newsweek painted her as
“a shadowy figure with a convoluted life of her own,” who lived “an
Unfortunately for Newsweek, the initial report was based on the marriage
record of Danley, who was known under a different name when she married
Geary Danley in Clark County, Nevada, according to the magazine.
Gainor mocked Newsweek for promoting SPLC’s “garbage” and brought up the
2010 sale of the magazine when Dr. Sidney Harman only had to spend $1 to
acquire it because the publication came with so many financial
“It's hard to imagine a publication that sold for $1 going down in
value, but it has,” Gainor said.