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Confronted by MSNBC's Cupp, SPLC Rep Doubles Down On Labeling Family Research Council as 'Hate Group'

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The recent murders of local prosecutors in a north Texas county --
possibly at the hands of white supremacists -- was the news hook for
MSNBC's The Cycle to bring Heidi Beirich of the left-leaning Southern
Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on the April 2 program. In introducing the guest and justifying her
expertise, co-host Ari Melber merely described the SPLC as "a group that
documents that state of hate groups in America."&nbsp;</p>
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It fell to token conservative co-host S.E. Cupp to remind viewers that
SPLC leans to the left and has been criticized by conservatives for
"smearing religious and far-right groups and ignoring far-left hate
groups." "Shouldn't people be aware of your ideological biases before
they take seriously [SPLC's] claims of who they should be afraid of?"
Cupp argued. A bemused Beirich insisted she had to "dispute the notion
of the question on its premise" and went on to note.... [click here to <a href="http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2013/04/02/msnbcs-cupp-ra…; target="_blank">read more at NewsBusters</a>]</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

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