AP fails to read controversial report

In an AP story on the DHS “rightwing extremism” report, the writer seems not to have actually read the report in question.  The story describes a key footnote this way:

In a footnote in the report, right-wing extremism was defined as hate-motivated groups and movements, such as hatred of certain religions, racial or ethnic groups. It went on to say, “It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

The footnote is hardly the limit of the report’s shoddiness, but it is one of its key offensive elements, and the AP’s description makes the footnote sound better than it is.  After all, hate groups are bad.  If they’re the only ones getting slandered by the DHS, maybe it’s not something to get exercised about.  But the report’s definition of right-wing extremism is not limited to “hate-motivated groups and movements.”  The footnote, in its entirety, reads:

Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.

(Emphasis mine.)  So the report casts its net much wider than hate groups.  According to it, anyone who supports federalism is a potential terrorist.

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