Apple, J.P. Morgan under fire for donations to notorious Southern Poverty Law Center

“Corporate America will do almost anything to stay on the safe side of public opinion — at least as it’s defined by the media. CEOs will apologize, grovel, resign, settle,” Kimberley A. Strassel reports for The Wall Street Journal. “They will even, as of this month, legitimize and fund an outfit that exists to smear conservatives.”

“The press is still obsessing over President Trump’s incompetent handling of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and that has suited some profiteers just fine. The notorious Southern Poverty Law Center is quietly cashing in on the tragedy, raking in millions on its spun-up reputation as a group that ‘fights hate,'” Strassel reports. “Apple CEO Tim Cook informed employees that his company is giving $1 million to SPLC and matching employee donations. J.P. Morgan Chase is pitching in $500,000, specifically to further the SPLC’s ‘work in tracking, exposing and fighting hate groups and other extremist organizations,’ in the words of Peter Scher, the bank’s head of corporate responsibility.”

“What Mr. Scher is referring to is the SPLC’s ‘Hate Map,’ its online list of 917 American ‘hate groups.’ The SPLC alone decides who goes on the list, but its criteria are purposely vague. Since the SPLC is a far-left activist group, the map comes down to this: If the SPLC doesn’t agree with your views, it tags you as a hater,” Strassel reports. “Let’s not mince words: By funding this list, J.P. Morgan and Apple are saying they support labeling Christian organizations that oppose gay marriage as ‘hate groups.’ That may come as a sour revelation to any bank customers who have donated to the Family Research Council (a mainstream Christian outfit on the SPLC’s list) or whose rights are protected by the Alliance Defending Freedom (which litigates for religious freedom and is also on the list).”

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. We will also match two-for-one our employees’ donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30. In the coming days, iTunes will offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC.Apple CEO Tim Cook, message to Apple Inc. employees, August 16, 2017

“Had the companies done a bit of homework, they’d have discovered the SPLC isn’t even considered a sound charity. Karl Zinsmeister excoriated the outfit in a recent article for Philanthropy Roundtable: ‘Its two largest expenses are propaganda operations: creating its annual list of ‘haters’ and ‘extremists,’ and running a big effort that pushes ‘tolerance education’ through more than 400,000 public-school teachers,'” Strassel reports. “Apple did not return a call to its media center. J.P. Morgan Chase, in an emailed statement, said only that it has a ‘long history of supporting a range of organizations that are committed to addressing inequality.’ The corporate donations are nonetheless appalling, as they legitimize a group that already exercises inappropriate influence. The SPLC’s list is cited regularly by the media and congressional Democrats, ignorant or uncaring of its falsehoods.”

Read more in the full article here.

“Like every other decent American, I was outraged that the president of the United States equivocated in condemning neo-Nazi activity in this country. Nazism — not to mention white supremacy and racial bigotry — has no place in a civilized society,” Ayaan Hirsi Al writes for The New York Times. “But is donating money to the S.P.L.C. the best way to combat this poison? I think not. If Tim Cook and Jamie Dimon had done their due diligence, they would know that the S.P.L.C. is an organization that has lost its way, smearing people who are fighting for liberty and turning a blind eye to an ideology and political movement that has much in common with Nazism.”

“I am a black woman, a feminist and a former Muslim who has consistently opposed political violence. The price for expressing my beliefs has been high: I must travel with armed security at all times. My friend and collaborator Theo van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight,” Al writes. “Yet the S.P.L.C. has the audacity to label me an ‘extremist,’ including my name in a ‘Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists’that it published on its website last October.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Could Apple CEO Tim Cook really be ignorant of the myriad criticisms leveled against the Southern Poverty Law Center over many years?

Highly doubtful.

It’s also highly doubtful that all Apple employees agree with Tim Cook on every issue or with donating to the SPLC – we know for a fact that they all do not – yet Apple’s CEO continues to use Apple’s name to further his own personal political agenda. Shareholders should demand answers and our Take would be exactly the same if Apple had a CEO who was donating $1,000,000 to, say, the The Heritage Foundation in the name of Apple Inc. rather than under his own name.

Of course, Tim Cook can personally donate wherever he wants. It should go without saying that Tim Cook should not be making political donations in the name of Apple Inc., overtly or implicitly.

Tim Cook is personally worth north of $400 million. Give away your own money to causes and to make political statements under your own name, Tim, not Apple’s.

Furthermore, if Apple Inc. had a responsible Board of Directors, the CEO’s activism in the name of Apple Inc. would have been nipped in the bud long ago and would not be happening today.

I’m going to just stay away from all that political stuff because that was just a personal thing. — Steve Jobs, August 2004

And now for some quotes from George Orwell’s 1984 (you know, the one upon which Steve Jobs’ Apple once based a very famous TV spot heralding the launch of Macintosh):

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.

Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed — if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

One more quote: Think Different.

Apple CEO Tim Cook disagrees with Trump’s response to Charlottesville, donates $2 million to anti-hate organizations – August 17, 2017
Apple CEO Cook: ‘Fake news’ is ‘killing people’s minds’ – February 11, 2017

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Someday, if he hasn’t with this latest escapade, Cook will overstep and, even with him sitting on the BoD (with which I do not agree), it will become necessary to rein him in.

    1. That the best MDN could come up with for a conservative counterpoint to leftist Southern Poverty Law Center is The Heritage Foundation is very telling.

      Conservative groups do not create “hate lists” in order to smear those with whom they do not agree. They don’t shout “racist” at the drop of a hat, trying to tar and feather those with ideas outside of their groupthink. Those pitiable actions are the sole purview of the radical leftist thought police.

      Tim Cook is a virtue-signaling fool and so are the members of Apple’s BoD for allowing him to hijack Apple’s name in service of his own politics.

      Shame on Tim Cook and Apple.

      1. so you snivel that MDN wasn’t right wing nut job enough for you? maybe they should have dragged out mush gumball? or maybe payed homage to your idiot, wanna be dictator.

        oh how far the mighty have fallen.

        1. This place is toxic. A divisive haven for sick extremists, homophobes and idiotic deplorables with nazi style ethics – blocking IP addresses of those with dissenting views.
          Not coming back

          1. Yep. There was actually a pleasant weekend, the weekend before last. I figured since it was such a dying cause supporting tRump, they canceled the russian troll contract.

            But I guess they renewed it with the antifa contract.

      2. Fwhatever, you name-call at the drop of a hat, yourself. You are hypocrisy incarnate. I am no fan of the SPLC, but it humors me that it bothers you so frieaking much. The right wing has developed a whole series of organizations and media outlets to push its agenda and it does so shamelessly and without regard to truth. Perhaps this is what you need to recognize your own hypocritical cause.

  2. “President Trump’s incompetent handling of the violence in Charlottesville”
    Wait a second, isn’t Trump president of the United States and not governor of Virginia? how is he responsible for handling that mess?
    Not giving a statement right a way with out knowing the facts? Can some one point where in the constitution says the president must “comment” about riots or other news? Comments are for the media, is not a public auction of the government, they do that in order to gain the simply of the people and in this case, looks like trump does it to screw with the liberal media, but in both cases the president or any other member of the government is obligated by any law to make sympathy comments.

    1. I always find the term ‘liberal media’ to be hilarious seeing as most of it is owned and run by conservatives. If one compares US media to European media, ours indeed is conservative media.

      It’s all about brain raping, one direction or another, for the purposes of some clown squad or other.

      I of course prefer sanity and 3D thinking.

      1. I find all of your posts to be hilarious.

        Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, not exactly the bedrock of American conservatism, conducted a study that found that in President Trump’s first 100 days in office, the tone of the news coverage of the president has been a whopping 80 percent negative to 20 percent positive.

        CNN and NBC struck a 93 percent negative tone on their Trump stories, with only 7 percent positive. CBS was third in the anti-Trump race, with a 91 to 9 ratio. And the pro-Trump Fox News? That network was 52 percent negative to 48 percent positive.

        Tom Bevan, publisher and co-founder of RealClearPolitics says, “The response will be that Trump is deserving of this kind of coverage because he’s conducted himself inappropriately, and these are self-inflicted wounds, and the press is doing nothing but covering him and his actions. But that’s a little bit disingenuous. I think Trump has been treated unfairly by the press in his first 100 days. Everything he does is seen as a five-alarm fire.”

        How was President Obama covered in his first 100 days? With a 60-40 positive to negative ratio, according to the Harvard study.

        I have my own memory of the media’s tone after Obama took office. It wasn’t merely positive, it was adoring, gushy, in the way a small child looks up to a beloved parent, or a dog to the master who gives it biscuits.

        It was as if the media were hugging a magical unicorn. Obama wasn’t only given the benefit of the doubt. He was handed the Nobel Peace Prize though he hadn’t done anything to earn it. And critics were trashed as nothing but racists.John Kass, Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2017

        1. Who gets the Nobel Peace prize based on anticipation, presumption, and Hope? Some one who is vaulted prematurely. The Nobel Board probably had a tingle running up their legs.

          1. yep,

            i think mr. obama should have politely refused the honor on the legitimate basis that he had not done anything to earn it, so early in his term.

            i believe that would have impressed quite a few people. even those who didn’t like him.

            that said i did feel a certain level of pride that the american public chose to elect a black man to the presidency. it almost looked, for a moment , that we were entering a post racial age, unfortunately it turned out not to be the case.

            1. “i did feel a certain level of pride that the american public chose to elect a black man to the presidency.”
              What an absolutely RACIST thing to write! Liberals NEVER cease to amaze me; and never compose sentences reflective of any evidence of education.

            2. I’ve always found the “level of pride that the american public chose to elect a black man to the presidency,” as curious/strange as well. I’ve never had the impulse to cast a vote for someone based on skin, gender, or anything else but experience and issues. The many that did feel this way about Obama was the first I can remember. Interestingly, I have doubts those same people would vote for a reputable/experienced black conservative…esp Blacks. Per whites feeling that way, it does touch on racism in the sense it’s about identity politics…which is all about right/left, black/white, m/f, ect. Also, isn’t a bit selfish, as it seeks to liberate latent shame from self?

            1. No. It’s “up.”

              Here’s another member of the “Unbiased American Media,” Chris Matthews from that bastion of objectivity, MSNBC:

        2. The negative tone isn’t related to conservative vs. liberal although your silly partisan ass will continue to say so. It’s directly related to the con artist who was elected president. To think otherwise is delusional – but that’s how we got here in the first place – delusion.

          1. If you think all this stated with the current prez, you are more than naive. Partisan politics has been alive, well and at times, malicious for more than a couple of centuries (US). Read some basic history and wise-up your “silly partisan ass.”

        3. There is a valid reason for those statistics, Fwhatever. Trump truly sucks as a President. If Fox News is 52-48 on the negative side with respect to a (nominally) Republican POTUS, then you know that something must be seriously wrong with him. The past eight months have demonstrated how truly flawed he is as a human being and a leader. The only time that Trump comes even close to sounding presidential is when he is reading from a prepared speech. If Trump ad libs, then his true bozomaniac nature is revealed.

          In truth, it would have been difficult to elect a worse candidate to this office. You said many horrendous things about Obama, but Trump is far, far worse.

      2. Owned by conservatives? What you mean? Neither Bezos nor Schultzaberger is a conservative, nor were the Grahams before Bezos. Most reporters and editors are registered Democrats (70% accounting to Pew); at least 75% of contributions from mainstream media companies and employees goes to Democrats; The fact that our media does not lean as far to the left as European media doesn’t make it conservative; it is still left-of-center and biased in that direction.

        1. The confusion comes from not understanding the basic meaning of conserve and capital, when what is meant is the conserving of their capital. Thus a conservative is someone who retains capital. Or something even more helically inclined upwards on a cylindrical object.

      3. I completely agree with you on how funny is the term “Liberal” these days. Almost all the groups starting riots and violence everywhere are “Liberals” trying to suppress the right to free speech to peaceful people.

        1. HAHAHA. What murderer drove the car into a crowd of protesters?

          Conservative media propaganda mezmerized RU.

          For the UN-mezmerized, this is worth reading:

          Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville

          The Daily Stormer, a popular neo-Nazi website, encouraged rally attendees to bring shields, pepper spray, and fascist flags and flagpoles.

          Prepared to insight a riot. Then a clever right-wing-loony decided to up his riot gear by using his car.

          His car.

          To kill.

          1. You’re right about the nut job that drove the car.

            But you’re wrong about the media being conservative. Most newsrooms and TV news are unabashedly liberal. Since Trump took office — they don’t even PRETEND to hide it anymore …

            1. I’ll not stomp on your observations and conclusions. But I’ll point out as usual that ‘Reality is in the mind of the beholder’. IOW: We’re all suckers at heart. It’s hard to discern among competing propaganda proclamations from a variety of sides, which is most certainly the case at this time. We want to believe in honesty, or at least most of us do.

      4. “I always find the term ‘liberal media’ to be hilarious seeing as most of it is owned and run by conservatives.”

        Unfortunately, I find your comment hilarious.

        Even if you what you say is true, but clearly it is not, the editorial staffs are 95%+ Democrats and run independently of corporate influence for the most part. Including the editorial pages and presidential endorsements.

        And yes, the “liberal media” is EVERYWHERE in the U.S. and relentlessly attack President Trump on a daily basis. Unbelievable you have not noticed.

        How many editorial endorsements have you seen for a Republican presidential candidate the last 30 years?

        Nuff said …

        1. Conservative progaganda mezmerized RU.

          I already pointed out the difference between US and EU media, didn’t I. But you can’t see past the latest Talking Point infused into your raped brain by the Thought Police of your political camp.

          For those who’d like to actually thrash out this issue, sadly still based on the idiotic 1-dimensional political scale of our day, here is one point of view. (Note how I bother to provide useful information resources, compared to…):

          Ranking the media from liberal to conservative, based on their audiences

          …That, more than anything else, is a testament to Fox’s domination on the political right and American conservatives’ distrust of other mainstream media outlets.

          There’s distrust, then there’s political disagreement: Forced, prescribed, dictated, propaganda enforced disagreement.

          Keep humans humane.

          1. C’mon, I don’t drink the propaganda kool-aid and nothing is fused into my brain or further from the truth. I think for myself, but thanks for caring.

            Probably wishful thinking on your part for one reason: The light of day continues to elude you. Repeatedly posting the overwhelming majority of mainstream media is owned by conservatives.

            And therefore it naturally follows the mainstream media is in no way liberal, right? I am awed by deep thinking. No guilt by association here, sorry. /s

            Breaking news: the MSM has been and continues to operate with a liberal bias for DECADES now. Not controlled by conservative country club Republicans in checkered pants with golf clubs. Time to upgrade the 1950s cliche that is woefully out of date present day. Plastics, anyone? Same meme in the sixties when Dustin Hoffman had trouble with a career path in that classic movie of the time.

            This should help. Who owns and who is the largest shareholder in NYT? Who recently bought the WashPost from the Graham family?

            The one and two punch largest metro dailies targeting and attacking President Trump on a daily basis and not because they are run by conservatives …

            More help:



      5. Does Ted Turner strike you as a conservative? How about the clowns at NBC; conservative? Does the fact that 96% of media contribute to democrats impress you? You may be one of those psychotic people who walks around with a blank stare laughing at stuff that isn’t funny.

        1. One retort example:

          The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English language commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.

          Comcast: One of the companies at the core of anti Net Neutrality government meddling, as witnessed in the Republican run US Senate, House and Executive branch via the current FCC.

          Naive much? I’d say so.

          Repeating myself: It’s all about brain rape by the Thought Police of your political camp. Quell the ‘left’ via MSNBC while pulling the rug out from under US citizen’s rights via the ‘right’.

          Brain rape.

          It’s the Age of Marketing. You’re the product.

      6. Our media gave up holding politicians accountable when Reagan came to office. The liberal media is as real as big foot and the Loch Ness monster. Main stream media pimps for Billionaire Boys Club. Then idiot fake right wing hacks like the snakes that run MDN just keep bludgeoning the American people with lies until they suddenly become facts. It’s a miracle! Have mercy!

    2. Tim thinks the black masked civil rights advocates in Berkely who beat up women and children with bats and chains this past weekend are wonderful people. The Antifa are Tim’s Utopians. Just don’t make them mad or they will kill you.

    3. “The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has long listed Christian organizations and activists for reform in the Muslim world along with racists like the Ku Klux Klan. The SPLC’s “hate group” lists and “hate map” have unfairly targeted mainstream conservatives, and even some liberals. Now, some of the groups slandered by this organization have begun to fight back — and it’s not just Christian groups like D. James Kennedy Ministries and Liberty Counsel.

      “The SPLC, who made their money suing the KKK, were set up to defend people like me, but now they’ve become the monster that they claimed they wanted to defeat,” Maajid Nawaz, a British politician and founder of the anti-Islamist organization the Quilliam foundation, declared in a video announcing his lawsuit against the SPLC for defamation.”

      1. The once noble SPLC has been terminally infected with the leftist agenda. Like all entities touched by this incurable disease, it renders the host a vile tool of tyranny. Like a rabid mad dog, the only solution is to shoot it dead.

        I hope this never happens to Judicial Watch.

  3. Yeah MDN, I guess they are “notorious” if you are a nazi or in the KKK from Wiki:
    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, it is noted for its successful legal cases against white supremacist groups, its classification of hate groups and other extremist organizations, and its educational programs that promote tolerance

    1. Time to take off the rose colored glasses. They are notoriously anti-Christian and depending on your faith anti-religion. They are left wing front group and you know it …

  4. Perhaps Tim Cook, like me, agrees that an organization that groups like the Family Research Council are hate groups under the guise of “Christian” pro-family values.

    FRC is not a “mainstream Christian organization”. It is a fringe group of the radical conservatives. Their views on this and other issues of personal choice are backwards and damaging to the people they attack.

    SPLC has fought for Civil Rights for years, and continues fight those who would restrict the rights people who’s lifestyle they are uncomfortable with.

  5. Apple has nothing to apologize for donating to Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is a ‘smear’ group and/or propaganda outlet only in the dark minds of those whom the SPLC seek to out for their darkness.

    IOW: This is a hit piece perpetrated by actual outlets of ‘smear’ and propaganda, oh and hate. 😛

    Sad, sad, sad MDN shoving politics yet again. 🙀
    I like this place, but not it’s politics.

  6. Apple’s Board is obviously impotent and/or incompetent.

    As MDN wrote, “Of course, Tim Cook can personally donate to whoever he wants. It should go without saying that Tim Cook should not be making political donations in the name of Apple Inc., overtly or implicitly.”

    12 Ways The Southern Poverty Law Center Is A Scam To Profit From Hate-Mongering

    What makes the hate list of the Southern Poverty Law Center different from the “burn book” a high school queen bee keeps in the 2004 movie “Mean Girls”? Answer: not much. The burn book was a compilation of insults, gossip, and rumors intended to repel the diva’s “enemies,” label everybody, and keep herself on top of the heap.

    The SPLC uses its list of designated hate groups in much the same way: to manipulate the lives of others, smear reputations, control personal relationships, and reap the spoils. The dynamic is the same, whether played on the adolescent scene or in the political arena. Both lists serve mostly as power-mongering tools…

    Two years ago, the FBI deleted the SPLC from its website’s list of legitimate resources on hate crimes. This is a promising sign of growing clarity that the SPLC’s designations for hate groups lack legitimacy. There also seems to be growing boldness in calling out the SPLC for its tactics intended to shut down serious scholarship. – Stella Morabito
    May 17, 2017

    Full article

  7. Trump mis-handled the disgusting events in Charlottesville by telling the truth. That damned truth, the leftists hate it and have no tolerance for it. The more first hand accounts come out of Charlottesville the more you find out the violence was started and wholly orchestrated by the left. So sad.

  8. Why don’t you practice what you preach and stay away from all these political posts? Maybe you could spend more time finding out if a new Mac Mini is on the way. Thanks

    1. MDN didn’t donate $1 million to the SPLC, Tim Cook did – under the name of Apple, no less!

      Tim Cook made Apple political. MDN covers Apple. Blame the proper person for injecting politics here: Timothy D. Cook.

  9. 1. Jobs was wise to outwardly stay out of politics.
    2. The Southern Poverty Law Center is not “cashing in” which is a smear.
    3. Stosselt, who said that, is a social conservo. “In 2014, Strassel won the $250,000 Bradley Prize, a prize awarded by a right wing organization.”
    4. The WSJ is corporatist propaganda, hence biased, thus unreliable. Could be regarded as fake news.
    5. The Family Research Council helped elect Bush who started the illegal war on Iraq and Afgh which killed off many US soldiers for poppies and an oil pipeline.

    I do not believe in religious freedom in public places and in gov. because competing radical religions, some antithetical to Western values, some preaching Sharia law, once powerful enough, will want their symbols and prayers and rights also included in city halls and state holidays.

    And I don’t know what to make of Tim Cook’s Apple’s being in the corporate vanguard in social justice. Is this a new turn in corporate governance or a misguided initiative?

  10. Identifying and calling out hate groups is not “propaganda”, it is an essential element in tracking and understanding those groups.

    Oh, no! They called out the KKK!!! OMFG!!!

            1. Here’s more crickets from NMA:

              “Police and sheriffs’ groups across the country applauded President Donald Trump Monday for lifting a ban on delivering surplus military equipment to local and state police.

              The ban had been installed during President Barack Obama’s administration. The National Sheriffs’ Association first issued their praise in an official statement.”

              Gotta love it …

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