The 'Catch 22' producer/star isn't talking about the civil rights group's precipitous decline.
When even the mainstream media blows the whistle on a far-left group it’s noteworthy.
We’re watching just that now with the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group purportedly fights bigotry across our culture. In reality, SPLC also gives the media and Democrats ammunition to take down right-leaning groups.
PJ Media dubbed it “a far-left smear factory.”
And, in recent years, Christians have faced the brunt of SPLC’s fury.
One specific target: Floyd Lee Corkins admitted he shot up a Family Research Council office in 2012 after seeing the SPLC dub it a “hate” target. The actual footage can be heard on this episode of “Red Pilled America”
That may not be the case much longer. In the last few weeks the group lost its president and co-founder under the murkiest of circumstances.
“The events of the last week have been an eye-opening reminder that the walk towards justice must sometimes start at your own front door and force you to look at your past so you can improve your future,” SPLC board chairman Bryan Fair said in a statement at the time.
The allegations against the duo appear straight out of the crimes the group allegedly fights. Transparency so far is minimum. One lowlight: Co-founder Morris Dees’ biography no longer exists on the company’s web site.
Glen Allen, a Baltimore lawyer who sued the SPLC last year for defaming him and destroying his career, predicted that the workplace investigation “will find what many of us have long believed, that the SPLC is the Harvey Weinstein of the nonprofits.”
It gets worse.
A former SPLC employee wrote a scathing article about her time with the group in, of all places, the far-left New Yorker magazine.
During my first few weeks, a friendly new co-worker couldn’t help laughing at my bewilderment. “Well, honey, welcome to the Poverty Palace,” she said. “I can guaran-damn-tee that you will never step foot in a more contradictory place as long as you live.”
“Everything feels so out of whack,” I said. “Where are the lawyers? Where’s the diversity? What in God’s name is going on here?”
“And you call yourself a journalist!” she said, laughing again. “Clearly you didn’t do your research.”
Which brings us to Oscar-winner George Clooney.
The star and producer of the upcoming Hulu series “Catch 22” is intimately linked with the group. In 2017, The Clooney Foundation cut a sizable check to the SPLC.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to use litigation to combat hate groups and violent extremists. Through a $1 million grant, CFJ has endowed a standing legal fellowship at the SPLC to allow young lawyers to contribute to the Center’s efforts to combat hate in the United States…
The SPLC is the premier U.S. nonprofit organization seeking to counter domestic hate groups and other extremists. Our partnership with SPLC will enhance the SPLC’s ability to combat hate groups and related abuses in the United States.
Did Clooney and co. fail to do their homework, too? Or was the virtue signaling worth the money? Consider Clooney’s statements at the time of the deal.
“Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality,” Clooney said in a statement to USA TODAY. “There are no two sides to bigotry and hate.”
The latter comment refers to the serially debunked lie that President Donald Trump called Nazis “fine people” following the tragic death of a woman at the hands of a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Va. that year.
“We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” the Clooneys said in their prepared statement. “What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate.”
Shouldn’t the Clooneys have something, anything, to say about the SPLC now? In truth, the group had enough strikes against it prior to recent headlines.
Here’s Kyle Smith at National Review sharing a shocking incident from last summer.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has made so many vile, unjustified, hysterical, and hateful accusations over the years, it was bound to pay a price. When it did, the bill due was $3.375 million. Such was the amount the SPLC agreed to pay the British Muslim Maajid Nawaz and his think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, after smearing them in a “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” Nawaz, a former Islamist radical turned whistleblower who calls for the modernization of Islam in columns for the Daily Beast and on London talk radio, had threatened to sue the SPLC for defamation — traditionally and properly a difficult case to make in U.S. courts. Yet the SPLC caved spectacularly.
Clooney stayed silent then. He’s not talking about the group now, either, despite the crush of galling headlines even our corrupt press can’t ignore.
There’s a bigger issue in play, too.
The Clooneys hate “hate.” Wonderful. We all agree with that sentiment. So where have the Clooneys been for the past two years?
- Liberals and major media outlets savaged those Covington students based on false reporting.
- Right-leaning political figures and personalities fled public places after Leftists chased them out.
- Trump supporters have been savaged across the country.
- The Chik-fil-A company has been repeatedly attacked for its owner’s Christian beliefs.
- Conservatives have been pummeled, both rhetorically and physically, at universities nationwide.
- Nearly 40 percent of Republican college students fear for their safey
The Clooneys, and the SPLC, have stayed silent through it all. It’s clear why the latter group won’t speak up. Its progressive brand would be at risk, which speaks volumes of its true intentions.
What about Clooney, though? Would he rather stay quiet than help his ideological foes?
The actor could clear things up by speaking out, both on the SPLC’s precipitious fall and the rise of hate against Conservative USA.
It’s your move, George Clooney.