By Shawn Rice
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW) and The American Legion, a U.S. Veterans Association, being classified as hate groups by Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is fake news. There is no truth to a report that the SPLC registered the VFW and American Legion as hate groups.
Where did this fake news originate? Duffel Blog published the news article reporting that the SPLC classifies VFW and American Legion as hate groups. You can read the fake news below.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced it would include prominent American veterans’ organizations American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars in its listing of hate groups, sources confirmed today.
In a written statement signed by SPLC President J. Richard Cohen, the organization said both the VFW and Legion were included since many of their members sympathize with radical, extreme-right-wing ideals such as freedom, safety, and family values.
“I hate to criminalize a group of decorated war veterans,” Cohen said, from somewhere deep within a fog of pit sweat in his corporate think-tank steam room, where Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Moscow) was seen relaxing in the nude.
However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Hoax-Alert. Rather, this was a satirical article that fooled many on social media. What should have made this an obvious piece of satire is the last sentence. Nonetheless, many people were fooled and falsely shared the story online.
If you search the SPLC’s list for “VFW” or “American Legion” these organizations do no appear in any of the results. The “Institute for Historical Review” does show up but only because its page has the words “American” and “legion” in it but in different paragraphs. Additionally, Duffel blog carries a disclaimer:
We are in no way, shape, or form, a real news outlet. Everything on this website is satirical and the content of this site is a parody of a news organization. No composition should be regarded as truthful, and no reference of an individual, company, or military unit seeks to inflict malice or emotional harm.
All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced it would include prominent American veterans’… https://t.co/2JGBlB7xlE
— Matters How U Stand (@MattersUStand) September 9, 2017
Southern Poverty Law Center just classified VFW and American Legion as hate groups. I’m pulling my blankie over my head now…
— BelAirVette (@55Belairvette) September 7, 2017
— Army Complex (@ArmyComplex) September 6, 2017
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. The SPLC Go to the full article.
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