This is a terribly biased article intent on covering up the truth. The fact is there is both a rise in hate crime hoaxes and a rise in actual hate crimes.
The fact is that political violence comes from three sources: the Resistance Left, radical Islamist extremists, and the extreme Right. Hoaxes, though, seem to be mostly spawned from the Left or Islamist sources. These hoaxes get picked up and are cleverly slanted before the real facts are known. They are propaganda used to inflame, to spark outrage, and to conflate conservative organizations with violent hate groups. Most of the hate crime hoaxes are of the Smollet variety, designed to allow gullible progressives to rage against Trump. The people who fall for these hoaxes want them to be true.
A key point is that the Progressive Left has been pushing ongoing street violence, violent deplatforming, and mass incivility. Antifa took over downtown Portland, leftists harassed Senator Cruz at a restaurant, Black Lives Matter stoked riots in Baltimore, and mobs at Berkeley prevented speech they object to.
There is also a rise in the number of groups being smeared with accusations of being a hate group. The SPLC has been transformed from the serious organization it once was into a corrupt propaganda racket. It tars groups with a label, raises lots of money from corporations who want to showcase their opposition to hate, and still has enough to pay off libel claims.
As a Left Progressive hatchet job promoting hate crime hysteria, this piece was great. As a fair exploration into serious issues, it failed completely.