Morris Dees, SPLC co-founder
It’s not often, if ever, I’ve picked a bone with even-handed News Service of Florida. But the bias in NSF’s Tuesday story, “Group Works to Sway ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill,” sticks out like a chapel hat peg.
Writer Ana Ceballos “exposed” the interest various groups have shown to help Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, draft SB 168, his red-hot bill to ban sanctuary cities in Florida.
I have no problem with that. Special interests with a dog in the hunt in virtually any controversial legislation will beat a sponsor’s door down to effect the language that tumbles through the committee process. It’s absolutely a public service to shine a light on who’s pitching policy that could become state law.
But we in the media should do it fairly. Do the same homework, apply the same standards to lobbyists on all sides of the issue. If Ceballos had done that, I would be commending her now.
I’m referring to Ceballos’ blind faith in the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Apparently without checking out the Southern Poverty Law Center’s reputation or its long fall from grace, she set this organization as The Authority on hate groups. In truth,