News media must have so much vacant print space and dead air time that they thirst for any news fillers, especially those supporting the narrative. In this case, the narrative is that the U.S. is full of haters.
This comes to mind as the SPLC issued a news release reassuring everyone that hate is alive and well in the Trump era. Fortunately, there are some who can see through their tactic -- they count individual groups that are within larger groups. Daniel Greenfield provides an example in How the Southern Poverty Law Center Faked an Islamophobia Crisis. To wit:
The SPLC decided to count 45 chapters of Act for America as separate groups.
How do you get a sudden rise from 34 to 101 hate groups? It helps to suddenly add 45 chapters of one group. Act for America isn’t a hate group. It’s also just as obviously not 45 groups.
And it didn’t come into existence last year.
Act for America was only listed as one group in the 2015 list. It shot up to 45 now.
The SPLC this year listed the Los Angeles chapter of Act for America as a separate group. But the chapter has been around for quite a few years.
Furthermore Act for America boasts not 45, but 1,000 chapters across the country. Why list just 45 of them? Look at it from the SPLC’s perspective. Next year, it can add 200 chapters and claim that anti-Muslim hate groups once again tripled. And then it can do the same thing again the year after that.
That way the Southern Poverty Law Center can keep manufacturing an imaginary Islamophobia crisis.
Fake news, indeed. Who has anything to gain from this? That's easy. Any organization that raises funds on victim-hood status.