WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) today sharply pushed back at the Southern Poverty Law Center's (SPLC's) repeated mischaracterizations of the nation's leading immigration reform advocacy group, calling the SPLC a "basket of partisan propaganda artists masquerading as public policy advocates."
FAIR has argued for years that the SPLC is not a legitimate charity - it is a partisan organization engaged in blatant political activity. Moreover, says FAIR, it has repeatedly mischaracterized the purposes, intent, and motives underlying the organization and its leadership: "The SPLC continues to state that FAIR has ties to people it has no ties to, is interested in things it's not interested in, and is working for ends it's not working toward," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "The SPLC's attacks have been refuted and effectively dismissed by the media, government agencies, and others who continue to rely on FAIR for information and commentary," Stein noted. FAIR cautioned journalists, and advocates clothed in journalistic garb, to refrain from parroting SPLC talking points: "Reporters and others who lift verbatim SPLC mischaracterizations aren't adhering to journalistic standards and expose themselves to ridicule as hacks and biased advocates uninterested in real truth," said Stein. "The SPLC is deeply invested in promoting mass immigration, bullying political opponents into silence, and is nothing more than a daily smear machine uninterested in the free exchange of ideas. It uses the same ad hominem tactics year in and year out to try to manage political speech in the interests of its own agenda. The SPLC is simply not a credible source of accurate or truthful information," he said.