According to its mission, hugely popular political newspaper Politico promotes "journalism that insists on the primacy of facts over ideology."
This week, however, the newspaper provided a platform for activist Roy Beck, an anti-immigrant ideologue with clear ties to white supremacists. And promoting a veiled racist immigration ideology rather than facts is Beck's full-time job.
Beck's anti-immigrant organization, NumbersUSA, is scarily effective at appearing to be a mainstream voice in the immigration debate.
But NumbersUSA is anything but mainstream. It was started as part of US Inc., a project of John Tanton, a longtime friend and collegue of Beck's. A recent Southern Poverty Law Center has outlined a laundry list of Tanton's ties to various right-wing extremists and white supremacists.
NumbersUSA's acceptance as a mainstream voice needs to stop. Tell Politico to quit portraying organizations with ties to white supremacists and other extremists as mainstream.
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