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Not a Netroots Nation meeting

So BillO thinks Al Gore shouldn’t have been at Netroots Nation:

The fact that he went to this thing is the same as if he stepped into the Klan gathering. It’s the same. No difference.

Right. Well, I decided to call up someone who actually knows something about the Klan and what they do: Mark Potok of the SPLC. He told me:

The idea that Netroots Nation is somehow like the Klan is not only ludicrous but obscenely misleading. This is a group with a long history of murder and terrorism, and they continue to inflict it on American society. This kind of talk utterly trivializes the very real problems, the real violence and hatred, caused by the Klan and groups like them.

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David Neiwert

David Neiwert

David Neiwert is the managing editor of Firedoglake. He's a freelance journalist based in Seattle and the author/editor of the blog Orcinus. He also is the author of Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, June 2005), as well as Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America (Palgrave/St. Martin's, 2004), and In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest (1999, WSU Press). His reportage for on domestic terrorism won the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000.