Apple-backed Southern Poverty Law Center wracked in turmoil, called a ‘con’ for ‘bilking gullible liberals’

In August 2017, following the Charlottesville riots, Apple made a contribution of $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Apple also matched two-for-one employees’ donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center through September 30th of that year and had Apple’s iTunes Store offer visitors a way to donate to the SPLC.

In a letter to employees in August 2017, explaining Apple Inc.’s contribution, CEO Tim Cook wrote:

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. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” So, we will continue to speak up. These have been dark days, but I remain as optimistic as ever that the future is bright. Apple can and will play an important role in bringing about positive change. – Apple CEO Tim Cook in a letter to employees, August 2017

Uh, yeah. Aging well, Cook’s missive hasn’t:

“In the days since the stunning dismissal of Morris Dees, the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, on March 14th, I’ve been thinking about the jokes my S.P.L.C. colleagues and I used to tell to keep ourselves sane,” Bob Moser reports for The New Yorker. “Walking to lunch past the center’s Maya Lin–designed memorial to civil-rights martyrs, we’d cast a glance at the inscription from Martin Luther King, Jr., etched into the black marble — ‘Until justice rolls down like waters’ — and intone, in our deepest voices, ‘Until justice rolls down like dollars.'”

“The first surprise was the office itself. On a hill in downtown Montgomery, down the street from both Jefferson Davis’s Confederate White House and the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where M.L.K. preached and organized, the center had recently built a massive modernist glass-and-steel structure that the social critic James Howard Kunstler would later liken to a ‘Darth Vader building’ that made social justice ‘look despotic.’ It was a cold place inside, too,” Moser reports. “But nothing was more uncomfortable than the racial dynamic that quickly became apparent: a fair number of what was then about a hundred employees were African-American, but almost all of them were administrative and support staff— ‘the help,’ one of my black colleagues said pointedly. The ‘professional staff’ — the lawyers, researchers, educators, public-relations officers, and fund-raisers — were almost exclusively white. Just two staffers, including me, were openly gay.”

“In the decade or so before I’d arrived, the center’s reputation as a beacon of justice had taken some hits from reporters who’d peered behind the façade. In 1995, the Montgomery Advertiser had been a Pulitzer finalist for a series that documented, among other things, staffers’ allegations of racial discrimination within the organization. In Harper’s, Ken Silverstein had revealed that the center had accumulated an endowment topping a hundred and twenty million dollars while paying lavish salaries to its highest-ranking staffers and spending far less than most nonprofit groups on the work that it claimed to do,” Moser reports. “The great Southern journalist John Egerton, writing for The Progressive, had painted a damning portrait of Dees, the center’s longtime mastermind, as a ‘super-salesman and master fundraiser’ who viewed civil-rights work mainly as a marketing tool for bilking gullible Northern liberals.”

“Co-workers stealthily passed along these articles to me — it was a rite of passage for new staffers, a cautionary heads-up about what we’d stepped into with our noble intentions,” Moser reports. “Incoming female staffers were additionally warned by their new colleagues about Dees’s reputation for hitting on young women. And the unchecked power of the lavishly compensated white men at the top of the organization — Dees and the center’s president, Richard Cohen — made staffers pessimistic that any of these issues would ever be addressed.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

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“The president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Richard Cohen, announced his resignation Friday, the latest in a series of high-profile departures at the anti-hate organization that have come amid allegations of misconduct and workplace discrimination,” Matt Pearce reports for The Los Angeles Times.

“The departure will mark the end of an era at the Montgomery, Ala., nonprofit, whose staff had recently raised questions about whether the organization’s long-standing mission of justice and anti-discrimination — which had yielded hundreds of millions of dollars in donations from the public — had matched its internal treatment of some black and female employees,” Pearce reports. “Under Cohen’s watch, the center had also received frequent criticism for its aggressive fundraising tactics and for its depiction of some right-wing figures as extremists. And the organization had been unable to shake long-standing internal concerns over the diversity of its predominantly white staff and white leadership.”

“Cohen’s departure comes one week after he fired his longtime partner, Morris Dees — the center’s co-founder, chief trial counsel and its biggest public face for nearly half a century — for undisclosed misconduct, a move that stunned insiders and marked the most significant changing of the guard in the center’s history,” Pearce reports. “The recent resignations came amid staff concerns over the recent resignation of one of the organization’s top black attorneys, Meredith Horton, who wrote in a farewell email that ‘there is more work to do in the legal department and across the organization to ensure that SPLC is a place where everyone is heard and respected and where the values we are committed to pursuing externally are also being practiced internally.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: One thing we definitely agree with that Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in his letter to employees is:

Regardless of your political views, we must all stand together on this one point — that we are all equal. As a company, through our actions, our products and our voice, we will always work to ensure that everyone is treated equally and with respect.

Cook’s decision to fund a questionable outfit like the SPLC (that was questionable long before these recent resignations) in the name of Apple Inc., no less, that most certainly did not “ensure that everyone is treated equally and with respect,” even within its own walls, was obviously an embarrassing mistake.

In a nutshell, Cook literally funded inequality and disrespect in the name of Apple Inc.

Where were Apple’s Board of Directors when Cook’s knee-jerk reaction was formulated? Were they even consulted? If so, why didn’t they nip Cook’s ill-considered plan in the bud? If the Board wasn’t consulted, why not?

The problem isn’t Tim Cook espousing political views and donating to political causes. It’s a free country. The problem is his very questionable practice (to a properly-functioning BoD) of hijacking Apple’s brand and riding on Apple’s coattails to do so.

Even with you agree 100% with everything Tim Cook says and does (which, unless you are Tim Cook, is likely an issue in and of itself), all you have to do is simply imagine that Apple’s CEO is someone else — say, Peter Thiel — and that they’re also prone to using Apple’s brand and established goodwill to espouse and promote their own political beliefs… We’re pretty sure that Steve Jobs did not intend for Apple to be turned into a personal soapbox for whoever happens to be occupying in the CEO’s office at the moment.MacDailyNews, June 26, 2018

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. — Dr. Martin Luther King

Apple SVP Phil Schiller: We read Apple-centric websites as much as possible and we’re always listening – March 16, 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook seems bent on using Apple as his personal weaponized political machine – June 26, 2018
Apple, J.P. Morgan under fire for donations to notorious Southern Poverty Law Center – August 28, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook disagrees with Trump’s response to Charlottesville, donates $2 million to anti-hate organizations – August 17, 2017
Harris Poll: Corporate reputations can become politically polarized – February 9, 2017
Apple’s politics may be hurting its brand – June 29, 2016
Apple CEO Steve Jobs: ‘I’m going to just stay away from all that political stuff’ – August 25, 2004


  1. Apple shareholders should demand that Tim Cook personally replenish Apple’s coffers of the $1 million plus Apple employees’ and iTunes customers’ donations that he wasted funding the long-running SPLC scam.

    The next time your knee jerks, Tim, sully your own name, not Apple’s.

    1. And can someone correct the reporting on this?, the upper ranks in the splc aren’t primarily white, they are primarily jewish. They celebrate anti white rhetoric.

      1. ” the upper ranks in the splc aren’t primarily white, they are primarily jewish”

        After we get through crushing caddilac Commies like the SPLC we will deal with stupid nazis like you.

      2. To ‘Eye see’. Your comment: “And can someone correct the reporting on this?, the upper ranks in the splc aren’t primarily white, they are primarily jewish. They celebrate anti white rhetoric.”

        Not only are you a race baiter. Who sees the ‘spec’ in others EYE ! But a person who can’t see the log in their own eye. 🙁

  2. You won’t get this from other Apple sites, as they depend on Apple to feed them product sneak peeks for advance reviews, access to the occasional VP for some vapid interview, and timed leaks designed to bend public opinion Apple’s way.

    MDN is obviously independent and can, therefore, tell it like it is.

    Thank you, MacDailyNews!

    1. MDN doesn’t love Cook, so this is not bold territory.

      They’re still too rah-rah for my tastes on every unproven product Apple brings to market, though they’re getting better on that front.

  3. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    (Deep breath)

    Oh, what a glorious weekend!

    1. Why? Trump is not exonerated, despite the right’s steps to twist Barr’s summary statements. The lack of definitive evidence is not exoneration, especially when many people surrounding the POTUS frequently and willfully lied about contacts with Russian operatives and the purposes of those meetings.

      In addition, should your glee become too much to bear, consider the many other areas in which Trump and his family and close associates are being investigated. And Mueller did not draw a conclusion on obstruction of justice. Clearly, he felt that was something that the DOJ and Congress should address, and I agree.

      Trump is horribly dirty. His family is horribly dirty. Just because they have gotten away with it due to wealth and privilege and legal power does not mean that they are virtuous or admirable in any sense. Go ahead and gloat for now – but karma is still waiting in the wings to slap the Trump family.

      In the meantime, I will patiently wait for the day when karma has its due and this country once again turns away from this far right aberration to sail a true course guided by logic and science nd reason.

      1. KingMe:
        In our system of government, where a criminal prosecution relies on evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, lack of definitive evidence is in fact exoneration. The DOJ has addressed the obstruction of justice issue. You simply don’t agree with it. Nonetheless, there was no evidence of a crime so there can be no obstruction. As for your anticipation of karma, conservatives have been waiting patiently for karma to catch up with Hillary, Strzok, Lerner, Lynch, Brennan, Holder, Rosenstien and Comey for several years.

      2. As investigations into Trump continue, I hope someone investigates Obama and Clinton. I’m SURE they are squeaky clean! Oh… I almost forgot… isn’t this Mac Daily News? Maybe I should post my Trump (and Obama Clinton comments elsewhere).

      3. “Why? Trump is not exonerated”

        NO, pay attention liberal partisan Melvin — President Trump is TOTALLY EXONERATED!!!

        This is exactly the same political word game BS 🐂💩the Democratic Party is famous for, the liberal media laps up to make themselves feel good about being DEAD wrong for over two years.

        This is exactly the same political word game BS 🐂💩 BY DESIGN to work in the Democrats favor when Comey did the same on the flip side of the coin by semi-exonerating Clinton over her breaking federal law with her e-mail server. Comey then tipped off Mueller and the New York Times to start the bogus Russian investigation. Did he tip off Mueller about Hillary crimes? No, he excused them and gave her a pass. The liberal media: Crickets :::::

        You are not stupid, so I am at a total loss how you fail at objectivity and basic fairness in politics. You are contributing to the problem, not helping truth win out.

        Lastly, Mueller and Comey are about as Republican as TXUSER. RINOs all…

      4. Does due process still exists? In the America I love it does. Your godless Karma is a two edged sword, and can cut your ideology of hate, power, and judgement. Lord helps us.

      5. Enroll in a basic criminal law class and learn something. If the prosecutor does not have sufficient evidence, the defendant is not guilty, not exonerated. Mueller and his team use daily this ploy to make Barr the scapegoat. Just shows you there was nothing there, there.

      6. What makes you think we care one whit what you and the rest of the demshevik lying subversives, the marxstream medianiks, and the Southern Proletariat Liars’ Cell have to say?

        Gass off all you wish, no one’s listening, no one buys your commie BS.

      7. Sad you’re uncaring or ignorant about the actual Russian collusion done by democrats. Christopher Steele claimed to work with two Russian officials to make the Russian dossier, in order to influence the election.

        Steele was funded indirectly but deliberately by the DNC and Hilary campaign in a money laundering like, campaign law defying way. Steele was also offered assistance by Obama’s FBI.

        Yet no democrat alarm bells or outrage about that.

        You should give up this insane belief, since John Podesta, the author of this scam, concocted within 48 hours of Hilary’s loss, has said he accepts Mueller’s conclusion.

        Of course he would accept it, he knew it wasn’t true from the beginning and it was just a way to stir up simple minded parrot like democrat followers.

      8. President Trump was cleared of any ties with Russia twice by the FBI, once before the election took place and now the report from Muller. A federal judge has ruled on the matter as any other federal investigation, the matter is settled case closed.
        Just like the election you refuse to accept the results and now you
        refuse to accept this, that doesn’t make reality conform to your ideas on the matter.

      9. You beeez brilliant. Get your Funk & Wagnalls and look up “prosecutor.” A prosecutor prosecutes. It does not exonerate. It is not their job. Additionally, there were no indictments to even begin the witch hunt. But all of that is lost on people like you. There are meds out there to help you with your TDS. You, my friend, are a hater. A whiny, loathing hater. Take a good, long look in the mirror. You will be frightened. Karma would be you sitting in a cage at the local zoo, literally dancing for peanuts.

      10. Oh, by the way, were you aware that Hillary was soundly beaten by Trump. In addition, the votes were all cast by American citizens and that absolutely nothing will ever change that, FOREVER?

      11. “The lack of definitive evidence is not exoneration”


        Perhaps in YOUR DESIRED SOVIET -STYLE system you could execute him and gulag us deplorables (that presumes we don’t shoot your stupid ass first) without evidence but not IN TODAYS AMERICA.

        Thats why you want open borders, so you can destroy our legal system, overwhelm it with millions of illegals and law breakers.

        You and Cook and can all drown yourselves if you like.

      12. “The lack of definitive evidence is not exoneration”.

        So you are saying the burden is on Trump to prove something didn’t happen. He must do the impossible and prove a negative essentially. Don’t worry. The truth will be coming out when we uncover the Clinton/Obama/Deep state/Chi-com plot to all of this.

      13. This is still America, and you still need probable cause that a crime was committed to investigate someone, and you’re still innocent until proven guilty. There is nothing on Trump—so you go ahead hold your breath until the day you dream about comes. You’ll be turning very blue.

        As for “far right aberration” — you are 180 degrees mistaken. You on the left try to paint freedom-loving Americans as extremists. Fewer people are buying it than you imagine. What is really happening is that the far left is showing their true colors. These demands for socialism, the destruction of capitalism—let’s be honest, these calls for totalitarianism—are opening a lot of eyes. Americans are going to wake up—blacks, latinos, Jews, new college graduates, workers—and the Democratic Party is going to have to expel the hard left and start over. Teachers and government workers are going to rue the day they bought into the Big Lie.

    2. typical republitard. you watch the Faux News narrative of the Barr letter on the Mueller report and you think you know everything there is to know.

      The constant obstruction of justice has been obvious in this administration and that is illegal. The public deserves to read the entire report which will almost certainly reveal the dead ends that Mueller ran into because Trump’s fixers destroyed evidence. That will lead to another round of convictions, albeit not for collusion. For covering up the collusion.

      Every security agency has confirmed Russian operations were focused on supporting Trump and discrediting other republicans. If Trump didn’t know anything about it then he’s an idiot who doesn’t have the mental capacity to be president.

      Any other republican nominees would be a welcome change from this crony regime.

      1. You sir, as do most liberals, don’t properly understand what obstruction means. First of all, you cannot charge the president with obstruction for carrying out his constitutional duty – whether you like it or not. Firing Comey falls within that.

        Second, none of the actions impeded the investigations nor hindered the FBI or DOJ in accomplishing their work. Firing Comey did not stop it. Neither did all of the President’s tweets or press conferences or any private discussions of firing Mueller constitute a corrupt action at the nexus of an investigation.

        In fact, Bill Barr used the language supplied by Supreme Court precedence.

        And you’re wrong – the official report on Russian interference was almost evenly balanced between the two candidates. Lying Brennan and the media created a false narrative that it was primarily focused on aiding Trump. It wasn’t. It was designed to stir controversy.

        Your sources and assertions are bereft of fact and based on two years of “fake news”. Which is why a Mueller and 13 attack dog, Hillary supporting, high profile attorneys could not uncover anything after 2,800 subpoenas, 500 witnesses, top secret data reviews of intercepted communication, and over 40 FBI professionals tracking down leads.

      2. Why is it that you leftist liars can never state a fact to support your beliefs? All you have to sell are insults, and always vulgar insults?

        Is that because you’re the bunch of degenerate commies who will do anything with anyone, animal, vegetable or mineral?

        Get lost, creep.

      3. It is an investigator’s duty to report all attempts at obstruction of justice to the attorney general. Obstruction was also part of Mueller’s mandate. Mueller made no reports like this at all to the AG, hence the only evidence of obstruction is in your fevered parroting bran.

        1. Until you read the full report you cannot leap to that conclusion.

          Trump knew very well that the Russians were blanketing social media with lies to kill off competent republicans in the primaries.

      4. Democrats are calling for release of the full Mueller Report. They are lying, doing it for show. They do not want the truth to come out. The truth is going to devastate some high level Democrats.

        Behind closed doors, a different conversation is taking place: the Obama Administration, up to their eyeballs in abuse of power and criminal malfeasance, are making damn sure their actions are never exposed. But there is nothing they can do anymore. Bob Barr is their worst nightmare come true.

        It is going to be a very fun two or three years.

  4. “The problem isn’t Tim Cook espousing political views and donating to political causes. It’s a free country. The problem is his very questionable practice (to a properly-functioning BoD) of hijacking Apple’s brand and riding on Apple’s coattails to do so.”

    Exactly right, MDN!

    1. When you have a diverse workplace and customer base, fighting discrimination is also fighting for your core constituency. That isn’t political, except in the sense that it is inherently political to be an American devoted to bringing the benefits of the American dream, as incarnated in the United States Constitution, to all Americans. When did the patriot dream of equal justice under law become a bad thing?

      It’s a free country, so everyone is free to regard Nazis as fine people, remain silent about religious and racial violence committed by their own religion and race, dismiss those with a non-standard sexuality as worthless, lie about immigrants (and almost everything else), advocate trade wars, objectify women, trivialize sexual assault, ignore science, glorify dictators and oligarchs, etc. etc,

      Just don’t expect to hijack Apple’s brand by expecting them to accept that conduct as normal and act as an enabler by ignoring it.

      1. If you want to fight discrimination, you NEED to fight the SPLC.
        The SPLC is a hate group. If you are pro-family, they will call you a hate group. If you are conservative, they will call you a hate group. If you are part of a Muslim terrorist organization, the SPLC will say nothing.
        The SPLC has recently been hammered with legal judgements and forced to pay large awards for their slander. And there are roughly another 60 lawsuits pending against them.

      2. You nicely summarized the Trump campaign and Administration. But this is largely a far right website facilitated by an MDN staff in steep decline. The fact that you received so many downvotes should how delusional many of the forum participants are when it comes to pushing their ideology. The ends justify any and all means for this group.

        Logic and reason will win out in the end, otherwise the human race will end in self-inflicted extinction and the Earth will reboot. Perhaps the dinosaurs will win next time.

          1. Here’s just one quote that you could verify just about anywhere except on your beloved Fox.

            “Blacks won’t vote for me. They’re too stupid.” – Donald J. Trump

            1. Is that what President Trump said? Or is that what Michael Cohen – the convicted perjurer – said President Trump said? Because I can’t find a source anywhere that credibly attributes anything like this to the President. I will, however, give you a quote President Trump most definitely addressed to Blacks:
              “What do you have to lose?”

            2. So…you mean the claim made by Micheal Cohen…the same one found guilty of 8 criminal charges. Who, upon being fired, ran a vindictive campaign of lies as retribution. Ya..I heard.

      3. Unreal how your TEDIOUS liberal bias blinds you. Same as KingMe, Gotcha, Mike, etc.

        Knock yourself out gents, Democrat opinion does not translate to reality.

        Thank God…

    1. Your name is obviously ironic.

      MacDailyNews has been nothing but consistent on this issue, as usual.

      And I quote:

      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.

      MacDailyNews, August 2017

      Your attempt to cloud the message by blaming the messenger for something — blaming them wrongly, in fact — is the very definition of weak, “underhanded criticism,” you liar.

  5. First, thanks MDN for reporting the truth and holding Apple to high standards, which it absolutely failed to meet in its support of the “hate group” – SPLC.

    Tim Cook needs to do a total re-evaluation of his use of Apple as his personal political plaything. If he expects Apple to succeed he has to immediately stop using Apple to beat conservatives. Tim’s personal politics are tied to frauds, like SPLC, and Lisa Jackson and Global Warming. More BS just like SPLC. Tim – you would be better off using the George Costanza, “do the opposite” of what you have been doing politically and you are guaranteed to be on the right side. Stop being an idiot.

      1. Ronner, you can only be scorned by someone whose opinion you value. I know from a long series of Kent postings that his real objection to the SPLC isn’t their admittedly poor administration but their mission.

        Since the early 1960s, the SPLC (and the ADL, which has a somewhat different focus) has been the only group outside the Federal Government making a serious effort to track white extremist groups. Since the Feds do not share much about whatever they are doing, the SPLC has been the major public source of education about right-wing terrorists for fifty years now.

        Since they are the only group doing this work, a donor like Apple basically has a choice between funding the SPLC (however problematic their administration might be) or ignoring a real problem. According to non-SPLC sources, roughly three-fourths of the people who have been killed by ideologically-motivated killers since the 9/11 attacks have died at the hands of angry right-wing white men. We don’t hear that because the 12.5% of ideologically-motivated attacks carried out by Muslims (almost all of whom were legal US residents) have received well over half the press coverage.

        As for “displacing my logic,” how else is one to take Kent’s suggestion that Apple should “do the opposite” of funding anti-racist groups? The company’s brand–and I know many of you do not like this–is built on being socially aware. That was emphatically true during the Jobs era as well, even if you would prefer to forget just how pioneering the company was in promoting equality for gender, racial, and ethic minorities. As long ago as 1981, the company listed near the top of its core values: “We are here to make a positive difference in society, as well as make a profit.
        Each person is important; each has the opportunity and the obligation to make a difference.”

        If you don’t understand that every dollar you spend at Apple is going to support that key value, you are doing business with the wrong company.

        1. KingMe:
          “I deologically motivated” is a completely subjective category. Recall the guy motivated by SPLC to try to kill an office full of conservatives with which the SPLC disagreed. Whatever SPLC started as, it IS a hate group, hardly worthy of praise or donations.

        2. The SPLC is a pure hate group that tries to stifle any good conservative organization simply for being. Like the left tried to end the Trump administration with an investigation of charges that were manufactured by the Clinton campaign and then investigated by leftists in the FBI and DOJ. All is now exposed as a fraud. TxUser is a well known Democrat who like Democrat lies and who thus supports the tactics of the now fully discredited SPLC. TxUser like all Democrats prefers lies to the truth. And he like Tim Cook shoveling millions of Apple dollars to a crooked corrupt organization. Of course the Democrat party is a crooked corrupt organization so that is why TxUser is part of it. And there is no more racist organization than the Democrat Party which funds the extermination of the black race through the eugenics of Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood. She built it to keep the black race to a minimum and now that organization is the most prized benefactor of Democrats. When you see blacks trapped in urban ghettoes, know that their the Democrat party wants preserve the blacks in that desperate life because they are the slave masters. That is TxUser.

    1. I’ll be perfectly honest. I don’t own a single Apple product. Not one. And it has nothing to do with the quality of their products, which I understand are fantastic. It has everything to do with their elitist, snobby, Progressive corporate attitude. They make it abundantly clear they don’t need my money… I gladly hand it over to their competitors. I thought Apple is supposed to be a for-profit corporation – not a Political Action Committee.

    1. Unfortunately, the SPLC then funnel money to idiotic pie-in-the-sky libs who celebrate ideas like the nonbinding, meaningless Paris climate accord (wealth redistribution scheme), killing babies who survive abortion attempts, “free stuff for everybody” without any way to pay for any of it, endlessly and mindlessly protesting election outcomes, lawless borders, etc., etc., etc.

      1. Funneling money isn’t free. SO, given a choice between money straight to a candidate and money THROUGH a few other hands and POTENTIALLY to a candidate… a dollar to SLPC is better than to the DNC. And of the downsides are celebrating ideas… which does nothing, we should be encouraging that. AND killing their babies, thus leading to fewer liberals… ANOTHER thing we should be promoting.

        Still wondering why we don’t just hasten their end by standing back and laughing.

        1. Or, you could donte money to a Trump charity so that he and his family could use that money for personal expenses. lol. You folks are rel tools. But most of you are old and will clear out of the way pretty soon.

          1. charity so that he and his family could use that money for personal expenses.”
            Ah good point. But you seemed to have missed the clinton foundation. Why is that? Yup, hypocrisy at its finest eh?

          2. Donate to a charity that’s used for personal expenses? Like the Clinton Global Foundation?

            You’re a blind partisan hypocrite “KingMel”. Young, angry and lacking the mental strength to change how you feel. Hard life lessons are coming your way.

    1. Not the point. Not even close.

      No one is “dismissing Tim Cook.”

      The point – clear to most of us – is that Tim Cook should not be using Apple as his personal political weapon and that Apple’s board has repeatedly failed to reign him in.

      Why Cook thinks he owns Apple and can do with it whatever he wants is beyond me. Tim Cook is just an (extremely overpaid) Apple employee, nothing more. Cook should stop abusing the Apple brand that Steve Jobs built to make his own misguided SJW virtue-signals. If he wants to make political statements and spend his own money, fine. Leave Apple Inc. out of it.

    2. What some see as “abusing the Apple brand that Steve Jobs built,” others see as following the core Apple value “We are here to make a positive difference in society, as well as make a profit. Each person is important; each has the opportunity and the obligation to make a difference.” Steve Jobs wrote that into company policy in 1981. If you don’t agree, fine, but don’t expect the company to promote your values rather than its consistent policy over nearly forty years.

        1. With the revelations levied against the co-founder and president of SPLC, will the SPLC now label themselves a hate group that must be boycotted? If not, why not?

      1. Ok, I’ll bite. If Apple wants to fund research and education about the threat of white supremacists, because the threat directly affects Apple’s core employee and customer constituencies, who else is doing that sort of work? Surely we can all agree that combating irrational discrimination and violence would make a positive difference in society. If so, where do you think Apple should be focusing its effort?

        If you don’t think Apple should be doing this at all, the SPLC is irrelevant.

        1. Wrong.
          What apple should be focused like a laser on, is returning to a time when they were at the forefront of products that JUST WORKED. Not every single SJW cause that comes along.

    1. Leave it to some uninformed right winger to conflate some other nonprofit organization they are told is evil by their Faux News talking heads when before their eyes is the Trump Foundation and a dozen other right wing money laundering organizations THAT HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN BECAUSE THEY VIOLATED THE LAW, and you’re all silent about those. Has the Clinton Foundation been found guilty of doing anything bad except granting expensive speeches tona former prez? What specific charges do you have to offer?

      The hypocrisy of the extremist right is off the charts.

      1. Did you not read the release of the emails from 2016 that the FBI asked the DOJ to investigate the Clinton Foundation and the DOJ shut it down? The CF was never officially investigated but it may be re-opened now that we have a new, unfettered AG.

        The SPLC has had to retract several cases of naming benign religious and conservative groups as hate groups. The SPLC is a highly partisan operation that essentially labels any dissenter from liberal orthodoxy as a hate group or individual – including the Muslim groups that are working towards a moderate Islam.

        If you only watch left wing news, they represent the SPLC uncritically, just like they did with with the Covington boys, , hands up don’t shoot, the Smollett case, and now the whole Russia hoax.

        That’s why the left keeps getting blindsided when the facts of the matter are established under careful investigations. They run ahead of the facts to advance a narrative. And when they do have someone from a different position, they try to focus on the Republican response rather than the substance of the issue.

        1. Bingo. Nailed that one on the head. Of course the rabid progressives like “What aboutism blah blah blah” will attack you for doing so but of course that is a badge of honor.

  6. Giving Apple profits to SPLC was bad enough, now Tim wants Apple employees selecting which versions of news stories we should watch. I love Apple products but do not want them editing the news I read.

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