The Media’s Use of This ‘Hate Group’ Label Puts Conservatives’ Safety at Risk

Katrina Trinko, The Daily Signal

Orange County, California—Once again, the mainstream media is demonstrating it doesn’t care about the impact of extremist rhetoric on conservatives.

Never mind that a mere 29 days ago, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot by a violent man, a man whose actions would have resulted in “a massacre,” according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who was present, were it not for the actions of the Capitol Police.

In fact, the Capitol Police generally would not have been present for a baseball practice among lawmakers, and were in fact only there because Scalise is a member of the GOP House leadership. Never mind that others were also shot and that Scalise was back in the ICU the day after the Fourth of July, battling an infection.

And never mind that the alleged shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, liked the Southern Poverty Law Center on Facebook.

Because this week, the mainstream media are back in force to attacking social conservatives as haters, consequences be damned. And they’re using the “hate group” label produced by the ultra-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks,” blared an ABC News headline. The first two paragraphs of the “news” story doubled down on the criticism:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to an alleged hate group at an event closed to reporters on Tuesday night, but the Department of Justice is refusing to reveal what he said.

Sessions addressed members of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which was designated an ‘anti-LGBT hate group’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2016 …