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MRC's Bozell Signs Letters Demanding Social Media CEOs Abandon Hate-Filled SPLC

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In letters to Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon on Wednesday, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell, called on the major tech companies to stop relying on the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center as the arbiter of what constitutes hate speech and “cut ties” with the group.

Bozell joins a group of prominent conservative members of the Free Speech Alliance in signing the two open letters, dated April 3, 2019. 

You can read the full letter below (Similar letters are being sent to Google, Twitter and Amazon):

April 3, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg
Chief Executive Officer
Facebook

 

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

For years, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has branded itself the ultimate arbiter of what constitutes hate in America. You, along with the liberal media, have played a part in elevating them into this role. According to a July 6, 2018 Daily Caller story, the four largest technology platforms, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter, all work with SPLC for this specific purpose.

However, it is now clear that the SPLC has proven to be a hate-filled, anti-Christian, anti-conservative organization and nothing more than a weapon of the radical Left, whose goal is to bully people into compliance with their ideology. Fail to comply with their demands, and you will be labeled as a hate group or an extremist.

The recent news regarding the termination of co-founder Morris Dees and resignation of president Richard Cohen are but the latest episodes that call into question SPLC’s status. There is simply no longer any defensible rationale left for an organization to use them as a point of reference or in any advisory capacity. We are writing today to demand you drop any and all affiliation with the SPLC. Moreover, you should restore your own credibility by making a public statement disavowing the SPLC and affirmatively stating that you do not have a formal or informal relationship with them.

The SPLC’s track record includes targeting faith-based organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC) for speaking out about principles found in the Bible. Sadly, the result of SPLC’s labeling of FRC a “hate group” was a 2012 shooting at FRC’s headquarters. After that tragic incident, the FBI appeared to have dropped SPLC as a partner in determining who is and is not a hate group.

Last year, SPLC was forced to settle a $3.375 million lawsuit for falsely labeling a Muslim individual as an extremist. Maajid Nawaz had long ago abandoned his once held Islamic radicalism and formed a foundation to fight this extremist ideology. But he was branded as a hate monger by the SPLC for criticizing the radical ideology he once embraced.

Despite this track record of making false charges of bigotry, SPLC continued to be an adviser to leading technology and social media companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter. No doubt you, along with executives at these other companies, feared the bullying tactics SPLC would use against you if you did not comply. None of you could afford to be labeled as friendly to hate groups on your platforms. Instead, you chose to cooperate with the SPLC despite the clear evidence that the organization wants nothing more than to shut down all conservative speech.

Now it appears the SPLC is once again exposed for its hypocrisy with the firing of co-founder Morris Dees and subsequent resignation of its president Richard Cohen. While SPLC refuses to release the details of Dees’ removal from his role with the organization, news reports point to SPLC tolerating an ongoing hostile work environment toward people of color, and women as well. SPLC has not denied these reports. We can only reasonably conclude that Dees contributed to an ongoing hostile work environment and that SPLC led by Cohen is an organization tolerant of an atmosphere of hate. When combined with SPLC’s clearly demonstrated anti-Christian and anti-conservative bias, it is time for reputable organizations to cut all ties with SPLC, and denounce them as nothing more than a politically motivated tool of the Left.

While you were previously unwilling to cut ties with SPLC for targeting its political enemies with hate-filled and biased allegations, are you going to continue to work with an organization which reportedly allowed outrageous discrimination to occur for years as well? By maintaining the SPLC in an advisory capacity Facebook is embracing SPLC’s hate-filled agenda.

We look forward to your announcement that you are terminating your relationship with this hateful and hypocritical organization. We will publish your response or lack thereof.

Sincerely,

 

L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

 

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin

(US Army, Retired) 

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council 

 

Tricia Erickson

President

Angel Pictures & Publicity, Inc.

 

Lady Brigitte Gabriel

Founder & Chairman

ACT for America

 

Cleta Mitchell

Partner

Foley & Lardner LLP

 

Steven Ertelt

Editor

LifeNews.com

 

Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project

 

John-Henry Westen

Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief

LifeSiteNews.com

 

Morton Blackwell

Chairman

The Weyrich Lunch.

 

Mark J. Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising, Inc.

 

Ron Robinson

President

Young America’s Foundation 

 

Floyd Brown

Publisher

Western Journal

 

Richard A. Viguerie

Chairman

FedUpPAC.org

 

Ed Corrigan

Executive Director

Conservative Partnership Institute

 

Nicholas Stehle

Campaign for the American Future

 

Everett Piper, PhD

President

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

 

Rod D. Martin

Founder & CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West 

(US Army, Retired)

Member, 112th US Congress

Senior Fellow, Media Research Center

 

Shawn A. Mitchell

Former National Chaplain

National Federation of Republican Assemblies 

 

Jerry Melvin

Former Dean

Florida House of Representatives

 

Anthony Allen

President

Hannibal-LaGrange University

 

Lee A. Beaman

CEO 

Beaman Automotive Group

 

Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute

 

Mat Staver

Founder and Chairman

Liberty Counsel

 

Justin Danhof

General Counsel

National Center for Public Policy Research

 

Susan Carleson

Chairman and CEO

The American Civil Rights Union

 

Lisa B. Nelson

CEO

American Legislative Exchange Council

 

Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values

 

Craig Shirley

Reagan Biographer and Presidential Historian

 

Gene Mills

President

Louisiana Family Forum

 

Frank Gaffney

Founder and Executive Chairman

Center for Security Policy

 

Bill Donahue

President

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

 

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis

President

60 Plus Association

 

James L. Martin

Founder/Chairman

60 Plus Association

 

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