“While the ‘hate group’ list is interesting, it is also largely meaningless in terms of who the media should talk to and who they shouldn’t. Included in the current list of 18 groups–who all, apparently, aren’t going to show up on the final list–are organizations associated with white supremacist and Christian Identity movements, but also major players in the social conservative political world: Concerned Women for America, National Organization for Marriage, and Family Research Council. While activists may not like the work these groups do, labeling them ‘hate groups’ based on SPLC’s designation and therefore off-limits for the media is nonsensical.
“Instead, the media needs to do a better job of deciding when and how it uses groups considered anti-gay. Part of the problem, of course, is relying on the same voices and people over and over again. This is a problem on all-sides of the debate where the same people are called by CNN and MSNBC and Fox to talk about gay issues, both on the pro-gay and anti-gay sides. If Perkins and FRC are overexposed, one could argue the same thing about a laundry list of gay male pundits and LGBT activist groups.” – Michael Triplett, vice president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.
Read Triplett’s entire article on the NLGJA’s blog.