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Mark Potok Still Sees Hate Groups Rise

From Mr. Potok’s tireless stenographers at the Associated Press:

The SPLC and Huffington Post’s Mark Potok

Officials see rise in militia groups across U.S.

By Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Militia groups with gripes against the government are regrouping across the country and could grow rapidly, according to an organization that tracks such trends.

The stress of a poor economy and a liberal administration led by a black president are among the causes for the recent rise, the report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says. Conspiracy theories about a secret Mexican plan to reclaim the Southwest are also growing amid the public debate about illegal immigration…

While anti-government sentiment has been on the rise over the last two years, there aren’t as many threats and violent acts at this point as there were in the 1990s, according to the report. That movement bore the likes of Timothy McVeigh, who in 1995 blew up a federal building in Oklahoma City and killed 168 people…

These militias are concentrated in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and the Deep South, according to Mark Potok, an SPLC staff director who co-wrote the report. Recruiting videos and other outreach on the Internet are on the rise, he said, and researchers from his center found at least 50 new groups in the last few months…

"White supremacists and militias are more violent and thus more likely to conduct mass-casualty attacks on the scale of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing," the threat projection said

This has long since become laughable. The Associated Press and the rest of our media masters simply cannot get enough of quoting Mr. Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s ‘Intelligence Project’ – and the Huffington Post:

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Regular readers may recall that we have debunked many of Mr. Potok’s claims, as religiously reported by our unquestioning media, numerous times before:

As we have noted often before, when Mr. Potok does not simply make things up out of whole cloth, he pretends to believe those who tell him what he wants to hear.

For instance, in many of the above linked articles, Mr. Potok reports the preposterous claims of massive growth from the heads of various racist websites as if they were fact.

As we have noted time and again, these claims of dramatic growth at (white) hate sites are simply and demonstrably untrue.

According to the internet traffic monitor Alexa, the page views at Mr. Potok’s favorite site, Stormfront, have remained remarkably steady:

Similarly, the numbers at another site regularly cited by Mr. Potok, the National Socialist Movement NSM88, are also not quite exploding:

Nor is there any perceptible growth at another favorite page of Mr. Potok’s, ‘the official site’ of the Ku Klux Klan:

But such details never seem to stop Mr. Potok from crying ‘wolf.’ After all, he is a professional fear monger.

Nor will they keep our media watchdogs from reporting his tireless ravings as if they had any basis in reality.

They have their jobs, too.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Mark Potok Still Sees Hate Groups Rise”

  1. Enthalpy

    The often quoted (too often in my view) Southern Poverty Law Center stays busy planting seeds for future fundraising activities. For an organization that has had documented administrative costs of 89%, they certainly receive a lot of press–but that’s what they do best.

  2. Yarddog1

    Given the history of the SPLC and the knowledge of its employees, founder and activities, it has become a most irrelevant group here in Montgomery. Unless they can manufacture problems, much like the race-baiters (Jackson, Sharpton, etc.), they would not have a job. Thus the continued “revelations” of this insignificant group.

  3. Liberals Demise

    Why is it that only ‘whites’ can hate?
    Where are your frigging stats on MS-13? How about some of those fabulous graphs on the New Black Panthers? Maybe you have something on the Crips or Bloods?
    Do you see where I’m going with this? It ‘s clear to me that this group has no credence or real stats to push other than the fact that they “HATE” whites!!

    • catie

      Because we’re the bad guys or gals, dontcha know.

    • GetBackJack

      “Officials”?

      We don’ need no steenking ‘Officials”.

      We have common sense, adult sensibilities and a fairly firm grasp on our mental stability, which, universally, these “Officials” decidedly Do Not.

      I make a bodily function on them from a great height.

      And LD? Go, baby, go.

    • beautyofreason

      Let’s see…..

      I can think of a few U.S. groups, philosophies, and popular figures who are outright racists:

      Nation of Islam (advocates separate country based by race – Malcolm X, a popular figure and former member was known for calling white men “devils”)
      Black Liberation Theology (Reverend Wright: “A white man’s greed runs a world in need”)
      Black Panthers

      So much attention is given to racism by whites against others in small fringe groups such as the KKK that are rightfully reviled. But no attention is given to continuing racism by non-whites. The Democratic party even embraces such groups to promote their fake image of “tolerance.”

    • jobeth

      What really ticks me off, is they find one stupid crazy…who of course is white, among millions of other whites and because they share a skin shade with us then we must also be crazy and unhinged.

      Like the one nut that goes and kills an abortion doc, then ALL pro life people MUST be nuts.

      As LD says…they don’t seem to make that same connection when people “of color” are concerned. That’s as it should be. Not every black or Hispanic is a nut…only a few.

      But of course…even those minorities who DO behave dangerously are not held to accountability. Maddening isn’t it.

      “These militias are concentrated in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and the Deep South”

      Ummm, aren’t all these areas where the God fearing, hard working, leave me alone to run my own life, people live?

      What areas are left out? ummm let’s see…North East and the SF/LA area. Isn’t that where the most elite libtards live?

      Oh! I see now! I just need to be a libtard and move to the NE or to SF/LA. Then I will be smart and kind and think warm fuzzy thoughts. Then there will be rainbows and birds singing and posey’s popping up all over in all my dreams.

  4. VMAN

    Yea I saw this twerp on Fox earlier today and the person that interviewed him was WAAAAAAAY too nice.

  5. bronzeprofessor

    I am so tired of the Southern Poverty Law Center. In their most recent reports, they included a well funded move to pressure Congress to force new surveillance responsibilities onto the military. Claiming an increase in the number of people in the armed forces “tied to hate groups” and “signing up to get experience and training in combat”, and citing as proof printouts of forty profiles from hate websites featuring people who “claim to be veterans” (How’s that for fact-checking?), the SPLC concluded that the only ethical action would be to ask the armed forces to monitor ALL of servicemen’s online activity and immediately discharge anyone who belongs to or posts on hateful websites.

    These people are shameless, fear-mongering parasites. They are awful! But who funds them and why do they still get so much play?

    • jobeth

      Where ya been? Missed seeing your posts! Glad to see you are back BP!

    • bronzeprofessor

      Hi Jobeth! Thanks for your kind words. I’ve been too busy to get online lately. I’m already doing service with my reserve unit (got my uniform, yay!) and as part of the Future Soldiers program I do drills at 0500 each day. I get up at 4am, get home from drills at about 7:15 am, then work through the day, then teach classes at night, then come home and go to sleep at 2100 to be up by 4.

      I love it! I have never felt so physically alive in a long time.

      But unfortunately this leaves me little time to have fun with online debates. I hope to check in as often as possible!

    • jobeth

      BP…Whew!….Now I”M tired, just hearing all you do. And you do what in all your spare time….? LOL

      BTW…thanks for your service!


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