Jun 27, 2018
MONTGOMERY, AL – Islamic reformer Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, recently settled claims against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) regarding its false reporting. The $3.375 million settlement refers to the SPLC’s “co-publishers,” which includes Media Matters for America, regarding the publication of false statements that accused Nawaz and Quilliam of “savaging Islam.”
Media Matters states it is a “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media…Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.”
Media Matters uses the SPLC “hate group designation” as a source for defamatory statements on its website about pro-family and conservative organizations like Liberty Counsel and many others. The SPLC claims it is “fighting hate and bigotry,” but its “hate group” list is a farce. While listing non-violent groups, like Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom, American Family Association and Liberty Counsel, the SPLC does not include groups that advocate the violent overthrow of the United States, like the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.
“Rather than correcting ‘misinformation’ and rebutting ‘false claims,’ as Media Matters claims to do, it published false information from the Southern Poverty Law Center,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “No reputable media source should rely on the false information of the SPLC. The SPLC is not dedicated to truth but rather dedicated to destroying its political enemies. The ‘hate group’ label as applied to nonviolent and peaceful organizations is false, defamatory, and dangerous,” said Staver.
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