ABC News’ Pete Madden and Erin Galloway “smeared Christians who believe the Bill of Rights secures religious liberty as a ‘hate group,’ ” reports Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist.
The story concerned a recent speech by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Alliance Defending Freedom, which is “not a hate group at all, but a civil liberties organization that battles for religious liberty.”
But try telling that to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which goes after “reasonable groups it merely disagrees with politically but labels as hate groups” and whose analysis ABC swallowed whole.
Says Hemingway: “ABC News can certainly quote the Southern Poverty Law Center’s extreme views, but it shouldn’t build a story around the wholesale acceptance of their flawed premises.
That turns journalism into anti-religious propaganda on behalf of a partisan group.”