ABC News labeled a prominent Christian nonprofit a “hate group” in a misleading new report about Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
ABC News reporters Pete Madden and Erin Golloway published an article earlier this week titled “Jeff Sessions addresses ‘anti-LGBT hate group,’ but DOJ won’t release his remarks.”
The headline refers to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a prominent group whose mission is to protect “religious freedom, sanctity of life, and marriage and family.”
The reporters wrote that Sessions “delivered a speech to an alleged hate group at an event closed to reporters on Tuesday night, but the Department of Justice is refusing to reveal what he said.”
ABC called the group a “hate group” because they were labeled as such by the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center which claims the the ADF “specializes in supporting the recriminalization of homosexuality abroad, ending same-sex marriage, and generally making life as difficult as possible for LGBT communities in the U.S. and internationally.”
More, via The Blaze:
In response to the ABC News story, the ADF is calling out Madden and Golloway for “journalistic malpractice,” slamming the reporters for using “false charges against Alliance Defending Freedom by a radically partisan, violence-inciting organization like Southern Poverty Law Center” in their story.
“Americans’ trust in media is cratering, and the blatant bias and lack of professionalism that ABC attempted to pass off as news can only serve to confirm and intensify that distrust,” ADF spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement. “Southern Poverty Law Center spends its time and money attacking veterans, nuns, Muslims who oppose terrorism, Catholics, Evangelicals, and anyone else who dares disagree with its fringe ideology.”
She continued: “For the sake of its own integrity, ABC News should issue an apology to Alliance Defending Freedom and retract the defamatory story it published Wednesday.”