(National Sentinel) Politics & Media: In yet another sign that the Marxist Left in America seeks to demonize anyone and everyone who disagrees with their political objectives and philosophy, CNN published a story Thursday listing some mainstream conservative organizations as “hate” groups.

The story was based on a report from the Left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, which is nothing more than a Marxist agitprop disguised as a ‘civil rights think tank.’

As reported by the Washington Times:

Brad Dacus was thousands of miles away in California last weekend when the Charlottesville protest erupted, so he was flabbergasted when CNN labeled his Pacific Justice Institute a “hate group.”

“Here are all the active hate groups where you live,” said the CNN wire story headline on Chicago’s WGN-TV website.

The article listed the 917 organizations on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s much-disputed “hate map,” which names racist groups like the Aryan Nation alongside mainstream conservative organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council.

Mr. Dacus’ conservative Sacramento-based institute, which specializes in religious-liberty cases, was featured on the CNN list right below the Pacific Coast Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

“Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center doing this? It’s simple. They want to vilify and isolate anyone that doesn’t agree with their very extremist leftist policy and ideology,” said Dacus. “This isn’t about defending civil rights; this is about attacking civil rights.”

Other conservative groups also blasted CNN for citing the SPLC’s report as a legitimate source.

“I am shocked that CNN would publish such a false report on the heels of the Charlottesville tragedy,” said Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel’s founder and chairman. “To lump peaceful Christian organizations, which condemn violence and racism, in with the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists is offensive. This is the epitome of fake news and is why people no longer trust the media.”

But Staver shouldn’t be shocked, because that’s what CNN and the SPLC do — push far-Left ideology while portraying themselves as legitimate sources of information.

So bad is the demonization that some groups, like the Family Research Council, have suffered violence based on false accusations and characterizations by the SPLC, as the Times noted:

In 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins shot and wounded a Family Research Council security guard and later told authorities that he wanted to kill as many employees as possible after finding the group on the SPLC’s “hate map.”

Tom McClusky, former vice president of government affairs at the Family Research Council, took to Twitter to say, “Thanks for the reminder @CNN of this inaccurate map. Last time I saw it one of my friends got hit with a bullet. Real responsible reporting.”

In June, Liberty Counsel sued the charity tracker GuideStar for defamation for adding the SPLC tag to its list of nonprofits. GuideStar later removed the labels from its listings but said the information would be available upon request, the Times noted.

“Using the Southern Poverty Center as a source for information shows that CNN is not interested in reporting news but rather creating scandal and security threats,” said Staver. “It is well known that the SPLC label against peaceful, nonviolent people and organizations has motivated some unhinged people to commit violence. This is no time to exploit the tragedy of Charlottesville.”

Anyone who believes the American Left is truly interested in a peaceful resolution of our nation’s political, cultural and social differences is kidding themselves.

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