Details about Colorado shooter emerge as ABC apologizes for false Tea Party reporting Update: 71 shot Update: Obama and Romney video added

posted at 2:05 pm on July 20, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

The last post was getting heavy with updates and comments, so here’s a new thread to deal with what, unfortunately, is an inevitable part of every major national tragedy these days— the political scapegoating, usually of the Tea Party.

But first, we have some more information about the alleged shooter, James Holmes, 24. This is reportedly a photo of the suspect:

Aurora theater shooter James Holmes
The AP reported that The University of Colorado Medical School said Holmes had withdrawn from school there, but did not know why. He may have been pursuing a Ph.D. in neuropsychology until recently. Other reports state that Holmes’ apartment, which police searched, was booby-trapped with explosives and flammable material.

Meanwhile, ABC’s Brian Ross was focused this morning, not on the man who perpetrated the shooting, but on the first Jim Holmes he could find in the Denver area with a Tea Party connection. His reporting is so bad as to suggest he simply Googled “Jim Holmes + Tea Party + Denver,” and George Stephanopoulos accepted his report credulously. Nate Silver, a statistics specialist who writes on politics at the New York Times, estimated there are may be 25 Jim Holmeses in the Denver area.

Here’s the original report, via Mediaite:

Later, ABC News included a clarification of sorts buried in this online story, but flagged by Dylan Byers. The original clarification, without an apology, has since been moved to the top of the story and turned into an apology:

Editor’s Note: An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.

Stephanopoulos and Ross owe an on-air apology to the Mr. Jim Holmes they smeared and the Colorado Tea Party, and Ross should be disciplined or fired (I’m sure we could have a whole thread for that discussion). The Jim Holmes they referenced is a 52-year-old man understandably shaken by the unwarranted national attention.

“It was freaky,” said Holmes, describing his reaction when ABC News speculated that he was the culprit who entered a crowded theater and opened fire on dozens of innocent men, women, and children. He disconnected his telephone and says that he is worried about members of his family who might be contacted by the media.

Regina Thompson, of the Colorado Tea Party Patriots:

Regina Thomson, the president of the Colorado Tea Party Patriots, said in a statement, “The member of the Colorado Tea Party Patriots, Jim Holmes, age 52 is not the same person who has been identified as the shooter.”

“The attempts of some media organizations to characterize the shooter as a Tea Party member without having made any effort to contact our organization are shameless and reprehensible,” she said.

Matt Welch of Reason is doing the work that, sadly, must be done— tracking “half-assed media speculation.” (Including, unfortunately, Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert’s dumb speculation about “attacks on Judeo-Christian values” as a possible root.)

There’s not much verified information on many of the victims, yet, and won’t be for a little while, as relatives are notified. But I loathe giving the alleged shooters so much press in these stories without touching on the victims, so I’ll give you what we have— the story of Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sportscaster who narrowly missed a mall shooting in Toronto last month only to be killed in a theater in Aurora:

Ghawi, who wrote under the name Jessica Redfield, worked for sports website Busted Coverage and a now-poignant final post on her personal blog describes her near miss at the Eaton Center mall shooting in Toronto June 2 — where seven were injured and one died.

“I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away,” Ghawi wrote. “I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court.

Read her whole blog post, here.

As I said in the previous post, I hope she lived the hell out of life from June to July. Her Twitter description suggests she’s the kind of woman who didn’t have any problem with that: “You can find me in the TV studio, NHL arena/ locker room, on a plane, or writing. Southern. Sarcastic. Sass.Class.Crass. Grammar snob.” A woman after my own heart. God bless her and her family and friends, and all the rest we don’t know yet.

Jessica Ghawi

Update: Police in Colorado say the number of people shot in an Aurora theater is up to 71:

“There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head. They were burning my forehead,” Jennifer Seeger said, adding that the gunman, dressed like a SWAT team member, fired steadily except when he stopped to reload.
“Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom,” she said. “He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed.”

The alleged shooter had an assault rifle, a shotgun, and two pistols, according to police.

Update: Police radio audio of response to the massacre, via Fox News.

Update: Obama and Romney respond.

This video of Obama is not embeddable, but I’ll look for one that is.

Mr. Obama called the shooting “senseless” and “beyond reason,” adding, “We may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings… If there’s anything to take away from this tragedy it’s the reminder that life is very fragile… Our time here is limited and it is precious.”

“I stand before you today not as a man running for office, but as a father, a grandfather, a husband — an American…our hearts break for the victims and their families. We pray that the wounded will recover, and we pray that those who are grieving will know the nearness of God….What we do know is how evil is overcome, and we’re seeing that greater power today, in the goodness and compassion of a wounded community.”

Update: Flags will be at half-staff until Wednesday.

Update: Four armed service members among those shot, but not killed: “Buckley Air Force Base is in Aurora, and defense officials told NBC News that two Air Force reservists and two Navy service members were among those shot.”

Update: Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly respond to shooting via Twitter.

Update: The gun-control talk begins at the White House. To be fair, this is boilerplate, with no indication of action they’d like to take, and going after guns in an election year won’t serve them well in swing-state Colorado, no matter what James Holmes did. Via Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor, Michael Bloomberg has been booked for Sunday’s “Face the Nation.” I bet he ain’t talking trans fats.

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…during prime time?

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

“It was freaky,” said Holmes, describing his reaction when ABC News speculated that he was the culprit who entered a crowded theater and opened fire on dozens of innocent men, women, and children. He disconnected his telephone and says that he is worried about members of his family who might be contacted by the media

SUE THE BASTURDS…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

POS looks more like an occupier to me.

msupertas on July 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

His reporting is so bad as to suggest he simply Googled “Jim Holmes + Colorado + Denver,”

I think it’s clear that “Tea Party” was included in their search.

forest on July 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

The gunman broke the theater’s No Firearms Policy!

Cinemark Theaters No Firearms Policy
http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/07/robert-farago/cinemark-theaters-no-legal-firearms-allowed/

“Headquartered in Plano, TX, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry with 459 theatres and 5,181 screens in the U.S. and Latin America as of March 31, 2012,” their website reports. Cinemark owns the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, scene of last night’s mass shooting. Cinemark doesn’t allow anyone other than law enforcement officers to carry legal firearms in their theaters.”

Galt2009 on July 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

So that firing of Brian Ross AND Georgie should be
happening any minutes now, right??

Chickensh*t gutless cowards on parade every damn day in
this Nation….I swear if i ran across either of these
parasites on a street I would knock their teeth out.

Let em file charges against me. EFF EM!!

ToddPA on July 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

…SEEMS TO BE A PATTERN WITH THE MSM LATELY…TO GET THE RIGHT…WRONG!

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I generally like Brian Ross. He’s the one who aired the original Rev. Wright clips. But he should fired. What he did is the absolute worst thing a “reporter” can do. It’s inexcusible.

AYNBLAND on July 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

When you shamelessly rush to demonize your politicial opponents in the midst of a tragedy it’s all the proof you need that you as a human being are not right and need serious priority re-evaluation.

Prayers for the victims and their families. May God’s peace be with them and may his strength and hope shower down upon them in this time.

MikeknaJ on July 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

SUE THE BASTURDS…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

If the Richard Jewell case is any precedent, he’ll likely get a lot of money and some very public apologies.

I’d also love it if he got a form of the fictional settlement that Jewell received per SNL, too, which involved him gut-punching Janet Reno once a week as payback.

teke184 on July 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

ABC’s “apology”:

We deeply regret that we implicated the Tea Party, regarding this matter. However, it is, precisely, this kind of conduct that every Tea Party member is capable of.

Again, we deeply regret our error.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

…JugEars…If I had a son…he would look like…?

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I think it’s clear that “Tea Party” was included in their search.

forest on July 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

Dangit, that’s what I meant. Correcting it. Thanks for pointing it out!

Mary Katharine Ham on July 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

ToddPA on July 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

They will accuse you of “manufactured outrage” next.

forest on July 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Stephanopoulos and Ross owe an on-air apology to the Mr. Jim Holmes they smeared and the Colorado Tea Party, and Ross should be disciplined or fired (I’m sure we could have a whole thread for that discussion). The Jim Holmes they referenced is a 52-year-old man understandably shaken by the unwarranted national attention.

thank you MKH!

ted c on July 20, 2012 at 2:14 PM

The gunman broke the theater’s No Firearms Policy!

Galt2009 on July 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Everyone knows criminals obey gun laws and gun policies. Maybe he just didn’t read it.

The Rogue Tomato on July 20, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.

Seems both sides are trying to politicize this tragedy with cringe-inducing results. You won’t see this reported on HA, though.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Hence foward the shooter should simply be called “ths shooter” or some such anonymous term. May he be denied the notoriety he seeks by having his name spoken nevermore.

dczombie on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

…JugEars…If I had a son…he would look like…?

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

He already said “What if Malia or Sasha were in that theater?”

Washington Nearsider on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Ghawi just recently left KSAT in San Antonio IIRC.

ted c on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

“His reporting is so bad as to suggest he simply Googled “Jim Holmes + Tea Party + Denver,””

I guarantee he had “Tea Party” as part of his search string. They want a tea party person to do something like this so bad they can taste it.

Gordon Winslow on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

It is the Tea Party Jim Holmes’ patriotic duty to sue the holy heck out of ABC News. I hope he gets millions.

cynccook on July 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

ABC’s “apology”:

We deeply regret that we implicated the Tea Party, regarding this matter. However, it is, precisely, this kind of conduct that every Tea Party member is capable of.

Again, we deeply regret our error. …until tomorrow! (then we’ll try again!)

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

We deeply regret that we implicated the Tea Party, regarding this matter. However, it is, precisely, this kind of conduct that every Tea Party member is capable of.

Again, we deeply regret our error.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Regret…. that’s liberal for “I’m sorry”…

ted c on July 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Not enough that this is a horrific tragedy in and of itself. Every attempt will continue to be made to lay this at the feet of conservatism and the Tea Party regardless. Convenient fodder for the gun control crowd and a ready made shiny object distraction from the Fast and Furious debacle, “you didn’t build that”, etc. Sad, sad, sad.

ghostwalker1 on July 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

…ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted…

Translation: ABC will blame some anonymous never-to-be-named researcher and ‘fire’ him/her to get their on-air guys off the hook.

It was totally bad journalism all around.

Liam on July 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

If ABC cares at all about its reputation, it should either fire Ross and issue another apology or they should let Ross have a few minutes on primtetime to deliver an apology and a short blurb about the problems with poor reporting, press bias, and story manufacturing. He should pledge to correct his actions and extoll professional journalism.

Ham-time, maybe you can take his job when he gets canned. As if ABC would take such a corrective course of action.

dgarone on July 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM

He already said “What if Malia or Sasha were in that theater?”

Washington Nearsider on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Did he really?

Nick_Angel on July 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Major law enforcement meetings @ the WH !!
Nothing political about those, of course … nope.

pambi on July 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM

They want a tea party person to do something like this so bad they can taste it.

Gordon Winslow on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Exactly.

After every tragic shooting incident, the LSM gathers together for a solemn word of prayer. “Oh, please, God, let it be a Tea Party nut who did this.”

The Rogue Tomato on July 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I eagerly await the $100 Million libel suit against ABC News and Brian Ross by Mr Holmes.

clippermiami on July 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I generally like Brian Ross. He’s the one who aired the original Rev. Wright clips. But he should fired. What he did is the absolute worst thing a “reporter” can do. It’s inexcusible.

AYNBLAND on July 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

NewsBusters has been NewsBusting Brian Ross for years.

And they have plenty of fodder.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

You couldn’t have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances at -[fill in name of random MSM outlet]- and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.

- Dan Rather

Valkyriepundit on July 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I googled “Brian Ross sex offender” and got 108,000 hits. May not be him but thought I should get that out there.

Keyser-Soze on July 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/jul/20/picket-media-finds-way-blame-tea-party-another-vio/

Good Summary by Picket:

“again, the media managed to blame the tea party for a horrific violent tragedy. This time the tragedy was in Aurora, Colorada at midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises. Twelve people were killed by a shooter who went on a rampage, fifty other individuals needed to be treated for injuries. Below are examples of past tragedies that the tea party was unfairly blamed for immediately after the event occurred:”

FLconservative on July 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I don’t believe in God and I don’t see much wrong with what he said. Unless you aren’t quoting something else he said, he isn’t saying this was an attack on Christians. We don’t yet know what motivated the shooter.

sharrukin on July 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Disciplinary actions are definitely in order

Ross would be held a hero if it turned out true

Tea party extremist james Holmes yada yada yada would be spewed by the lsm

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

When you shamelessly rush to demonize your politicial opponents in the midst of a tragedy it’s all the proof you need that you as a human being are not right and need serious priority re-evaluation.

Prayers for the victims and their families. May God’s peace be with them and may his strength and hope shower down upon them in this time.

MikeknaJ on July 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Of course, you’re right. But, this is a tool of every media enabler of tyranny, e.g. Pravda [The Truth] and Isvestia [The News].

Demonization makes it so much easier to persecute, slander, indict and remove the enemies of the State – without too much public outcry.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.

Seems both sides are trying to politicize this tragedy with cringe-inducing results. You won’t see this reported on HA, though.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Who did Gohmert point a finger at with that comment? Seems to me to be a general observation that our Judeo-Christian belief system is under assault and breaking down in general.

NotCoach on July 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

“Journalism” died in 2008…

d1carter on July 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

He already said “What if Malia or Sasha were in that theater?”

Washington Nearsider on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Did he really?

Nick_Angel on July 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Yes. He did.

Washington Nearsider on July 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

From the other thread:

ABC: “Sorry we got caught saying the psychopath was a Tea Party member, he could still turn out to be violent Tea Party member but we just haven’t verified if he is a Tea Party member or not a Tea Party member. Please, please don’t jump to conclusions about the controversial Tea Party movement like we did.”

mudskipper on July 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

cynccook on July 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Looks like ABC News is guilty of SWAT-ing.

Finbar on July 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Yes. He did.

Washington Nearsider on July 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The man is sickening. Nothing in the world is real to him unless he can make it about himself.

NotCoach on July 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

The gunman broke the theater’s No Firearms Policy!

Cinemark Theaters No Firearms Policy
http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/07/robert-farago/cinemark-theaters-no-legal-firearms-allowed/

“Headquartered in Plano, TX, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry with 459 theatres and 5,181 screens in the U.S. and Latin America as of March 31, 2012,” their website reports. Cinemark owns the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, scene of last night’s mass shooting. Cinemark doesn’t allow anyone other than law enforcement officers to carry legal firearms in their theaters.”

Galt2009 on July 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Um. It seems he didn’t break their policy.

It only prohibits “legal” firearms.

davidk on July 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.

Seems both sides are trying to politicize this tragedy with cringe-inducing results. You won’t see this reported on HA, though.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

Actually, the link to Matt Welch’s piece at Reason deals with exactly that, which is why I included it. I may add a sentence pointing that out, but you’ll agree Gohmert’s vague comments are less defamatory than the report by Ross on a specific man and group, right?

Mary Katharine Ham on July 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

The gunman broke the theater’s No Firearms Policy!

Galt2009 on July 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Force of law is what matters. Screw company policy. I’d rather risk being thrown out than becoming someone’s victim. Besides, they’d have to frisk me to find out I’m carrying.

swinia sutki on July 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Someone I know who watched the Today show this morning said a snide comment was made off-camera about the shooter being a Romney supporter. I did not see that as I don’t watch NBC News, so if anyone did see it or has the tape, post it.

Philly on July 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Yes. He did.

Washington Nearsider on July 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The man is sickening. Nothing in the world is real to him unless he can make it about himself.

NotCoach on July 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I actually posted something similar at The Hill.

Well… If they had been in the theater, the dozens of USSS agents ALSO in the theater would have returned fire and ended this entire tragedy before it got started.

How on earth can he make the shooting of 71 people about him?”

Washington Nearsider on July 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Here’s a thought. For the next YEAR, Brian and Georgie have to open each of their “news” broadcasts with an apology.

GarandFan on July 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Did you guys hear yet? This is true: Brian Ross was arrested in Fontana, CA yesterday for sexting 2 young girls and asking them for sex.

http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20120319-fontana-mentone-man-arrested-in-sexting-case.ece

(H/T Steve Foley)

ElRonaldo on July 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Why Is Brian Ross Still Working for ABC News?

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/07/20/why-is-brian-ross-still-working-for-abc-news/

see, this is really the issue. Journos no longer have standards. The newsweek guy writes off-handedly that a koran was flushed down a toilet (or something) and several Muslims were killed in the ensuing riots…then later, the ‘journo’ said, well, i may have been wrong.

Ross is lazy, sloppy, and careless, then says….nevermind.

I realize that they say that they are eager to break news, and that the competition from the internet and all the other broadcaster make for intense ‘pressure’

but really, lazy, sloppy, biased reporting has a big impact…just look at upper and all the trolls here. not bright enough to think thru want was just reported…just throwing out s***…just like the lazy reporters they listen to.

r keller on July 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

FL conservative
Hello, have seen ya in a bit…………

MKH
I really love your style, and I like your not afraid to mix it up with the commenter’s ………..;-)

angrymike on July 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Did you guys hear yet? This is true: Brian Ross was arrested in Fontana, CA yesterday for sexting 2 young girls and asking them for sex.

http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20120319-fontana-mentone-man-arrested-in-sexting-case.ece

(H/T Steve Foley)

ElRonaldo on July 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

ABC News is employing a pedophile?? Worse that Anthony’s Weiner?

ted c on July 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Major law enforcement meetings @ the WH !!
Nothing political about those, of course … nope.

pambi on July 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Yeah, what’s up with that? Is this just a little more theater, or is Øbama up to something serious?

petefrt on July 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.

Seems both sides are trying to politicize this tragedy with cringe-inducing results. You won’t see this reported on HA, though.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Except that we already talked about what Gohmert said in the original thread. You weren’t out of bed yet when we did.

Gohmert also wondered why, in a concealed-carry state, no one was allowed to carry guns into the theater. Funny how you left that part out of your Selective Outrage.

Thanks for playing!

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.

Seems both sides are trying to politicize this tragedy with cringe-inducing results. You won’t see this reported on HA, though.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Faith is only political to pathetic hacks like yourself.
STFU.

AllahsNippleHair on July 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Jim Holmes does indeed need to sue ABC, or they’ll never learn their lesson. The Alliance Defending Freedom non-profit has said today that they will represent Jim Holmes of Aurora for free. If anyone knows him, please give him this number:

ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom in Scottsdale, AZ) 1 800 835-5233

parteagirl on July 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Mary Katharine Ham on July 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Yes, the comments from Ross were more specific and inflammatory.

I’m just making the point that politicization of this tragedy is certainly a bipartisan activity.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Oooooooh. How crazy for this woman to express the wish that people live by the radical edicts of “Do not kill,” and “Love thy neighbor.” You’re right, that’s just exactly the same thing as blaming an innocent man for mass murder because you disagree with his politics. You are nothing more than a knee-jerk liberal hack and you’re not fooling anyone by calling yourself ‘inthemiddle.’

cynccook on July 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I googled “Brian Ross sex offender” and got 108,000 hits. May not be him but thought I should get that out there.

Keyser-Soze on July 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I googled “Brian Ross Rapist Murderer” and got 157,000 hits. More hits means it’s more likely that it’s him — well, maybe not, but I thought I should get that out there. Maybe George will look into it.

The Rogue Tomato on July 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

“Journalism” died in 2008…

d1carter on July 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Try “1973″.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I googled “Brian Ross sex offender” and got 108,000 hits. May not be him but thought I should get that out there.

Keyser-Soze on July 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

ROFL!!

Bitter Clinger on July 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

People always want to pick up on one characteristic they don’t like about somebody and blame their behavior on that one thing and ignore everything else about them. How many of you are chomping at the bit waiting for the first rumor about his theological perspective? Got your own broad brushes ready?

Dan_Yul on July 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

In case your reading these MKH, Tim Stanley of the UK Daily Telegraph has an excellent article about this tragic event wherein he makes the case for not blaming America, guns, or any political affiliation for his madness. He states that it IS madness and its universal. He sites the 7/7 bombing in London, Breivik in Norway, the incessant insanity in Iraq, and a recent tragedy involving a father and three children in the Shropshire hills in Britain.

“Denver Tragedy: Don’t blame America” Tim Stanley

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

A quick google finds an orthopaedic surgeon, realtor, internet marketer, and aviation professional with the same name in the Denver area.

AcidReflux on July 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

and, a bit part of this, is the celebrity nature of the ‘news’…Shep Smith (of all people) reportedly makes 8M/year.

these are all high priced ‘talent’…not reporters, but ‘talent’ raised on anchor farms in the midwest, raised to spend their lives in hair and makeup, and at the tailor making sure that the cut of their suits are just right

(of course, steph is just a Dim operative)

r keller on July 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Yes, the comments from Ross were more specific and inflammatory.

I’m just making the point that politicization of this tragedy is certainly a bipartisan activity.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Thanks for admitting that your side started it. That wasn’t so hard, was it?

A+

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The Rogue Tomato on July 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Holy crap, we may be on to something here. This requires further investigation.

Keyser-Soze on July 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I’m just making the point that politicization of this tragedy is certainly a bipartisan activity.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

So making an argument for the strengthening of morality as a way to avoid tragedies such as this is political to you?

Rep. Louie Gohmert…

“Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important,” he said. “Whether it’s John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people … Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters. We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country.”

sharrukin on July 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

A+

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I love being here when you assign grades.

Washington Nearsider on July 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Romney’s comments from Bow, NH

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I’m just making the point that politicization of this tragedy is certainly a bipartisan activity.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

No, you’re not. You are still trying to spin for the fact that you, your Barack Obama, and your Barack Obama Party blamed the Tea Party and Republicans for this shooting within minutes of it happening, based on nonexistent evidence.

Seems both sides are trying to politicize this tragedy with cringe-inducing results. You won’t see this reported on HA, though.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Furthermore, your equivocation is meaningless because everyone here is aware that you would never under any circumstances condemn the behavior of liberal Barack Obama supporters and shills without trying to whine that “Republicans do it too”.

Yours is not a principled objection. Yours is just a desperate attempt to play moral relativist to avoid taking any type of responsibility for the lies your Barack Obama, your Barack Obama Party, and your Barack Obama puppet media told about the Tea Party.

northdallasthirty on July 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I’m just making the point that politicization of this tragedy is certainly a bipartisan activity.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

We fully understand. When your side is caught behaving reprehensibly, play the moral equivalence card.

swinia sutki on July 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I googled “Brian Ross sex offender” and got 108,000 hits. May not be him but thought I should get that out there.

Keyser-Soze on July 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I googled “Brian Ross Rapist Murderer” and got 157,000 hits. More hits means it’s more likely that it’s him — well, maybe not, but I thought I should get that out there. Maybe George will look into it.

The Rogue Tomato on July 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

But there’s no truth to the rumor that Brian Ross helped Craig James kill five hookers. Because that’s just an ugly smear.

teke184 on July 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

“Journalism” died in 2008…

d1carter on July 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Try “1973″.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

…R I P…

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

It is a GRAND SLAM for the LSM!!

- Smear the Tea Party

- Get that storyline out FIRST

- Offer weak written apology

- No “on air” mea culpa

- No fines

- No suspensions

HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND!! GREAT JOB LIBERALS SO ANXIOUS TO DAMAGE THE TEA PARTY BRAND! THINK GABBIE GIFFORDS!!

Khun Joe on July 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Look what pops up FIRST when I google ““Jim Holmes + Tea Party + Denver”:

http://denverteaparty.ning.com/profile/JimHolmes

TheLastBrainLeft on July 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Mary Katharine Ham on July 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Yes, the comments from Ross were more specific and inflammatory.

I’m just making the point that politicization of this tragedy is certainly a bipartisan activity.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Your point is about as dull as you are, chump.

AllahsNippleHair on July 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Hey, ABC, that’s what happens when you hire political hacks like Stephanopoulos as anchormen. Once a political hack, always a political hack because they put their agenda first no matter what the truth is or who they destroy in the process.

lea on July 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

as ABC apologizes for false Tea Party reporting

Too late. The wronged James Holmes needs to call Lin Wood.

Richard Jewell ABC, now!!!

Resist We Much on July 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I googled “Brian Ross sex offender” and got 108,000 hits. May not be him but thought I should get that out there.

Keyser-Soze on July 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I googled “Brian Ross Rapist Murderer” and got 157,000 hits. More hits means it’s more likely that it’s him — well, maybe not, but I thought I should get that out there. Maybe George will look into it.

The Rogue Tomato on July 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I googled “brian ross alien mars” and got 1,290,000 results. I alwas had a bad feeling about this being.

Valkyriepundit on July 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

…Seems both sides are trying to politicize this tragedy with cringe-inducing results. You won’t see this reported on HA, though.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Total over-rationalization there. The MSM sought to politicize this horror bright and early this morning by seeking a tenuous link to the Tea Party, using shoddy research and pretty much every violation of journalistic ethics. Conservatives defending against such typical knee-jerk cookie-cutter ‘reporting’ is NOT politicizing.

The same with those who rushed to blame Rush. Then Palin, then Bachmann–et. al.

I bet that, if you took a poll of HA readers and commentators on this site’s threads, you would find the last thing most of them thought of was that the shooter might somehow be linked to OWS. But, as repeated evidence shows among the MSM, the first thing they wonder is if the killer might have ever read a Tea Party website.

Liam on July 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

SUE THE BASTURDS…!!!

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Sounds like “reckless disregard for the truth” to me, shouldn’t take the jury very long.

Socratease on July 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

How do you start a #FireRossandStephanopolus… ??

SWalker on July 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM

your side started it

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Are you in third grade?
Then stop acting like you are.
But then how else would be able to stick up for people like
Louie Gohmert…

verbaluce on July 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.

Seems both sides are trying to politicize this tragedy with cringe-inducing results. You won’t see this reported on HA, though.

inthemiddle on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Yes, because that quote compares with labeling an innocent man as a mass murderer.

tdpwells on July 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

It is a GRAND SLAM for the LSM!!

- Smear the Tea Party

- Get that storyline out FIRST

- Offer weak written apology

- No “on air” mea culpa

- No fines

- No suspensions

HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND!! GREAT JOB LIBERALS SO ANXIOUS TO DAMAGE THE TEA PARTY BRAND! THINK GABBIE GIFFORDS!!

Khun Joe on July 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

You forgot – changed the subject from the economy for another 2 weeks. Just another 3 months to go

Conservative4ev on July 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Here we have a repeat by the slimebag socialist media of their Tucson shooting disgraceful behavior in which Loughner was immediately claimed by these pieces of excrement to be a right-wing Tea Party member. Of course, once the leftist BS subsided, everybody learned that Loughner is a leftist, pot-head, nut-job. Similarly, the lunatic-left extremists are crawling out from under their rocks to bash the 2nd Amendment freedoms of Americans, with psycho-nanny, soda-jerk bloomberg and fat-@$$, 1%-er micahel moore leading the leftist mob.

FYI: there are some reports of photos of Holmes (the real one) in #occupy bank protests. This wouldn’t surprise any rational person – the SEIU and d-cRAT socialist party, which helped create and supports and pays for the #occupy astroturf, has already helped these vermin previously commit rapes and murders, and these leftist extremist groups bear full responsibility for those horrific crimes.

TeaPartyNation on July 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Okay, this gets more sinister by the minute. “Brian Ross traitor and Brian Ross racist” got 231,000 and 1,140,000 google hits respectively. This still may not be him but the facts are indisputable.

Keyser-Soze on July 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

When will ABC be calling the Justice Dept to make sure none of the guns where in any way related to Fast and Furious? You know just to be sure.

ReaganWasRight on July 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Cinemark Theaters No Firearms Policy
http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/07/robert-farago/cinemark-theaters-no-legal-firearms-allowed/

“Headquartered in Plano, TX… doesn’t allow anyone other than law enforcement officers to carry legal firearms in their theaters.”

This is true.

And when they say they don’t allow it they mean it – Cinemark enforces this rule by using NAMBLA Centurions riding unicorns that shoot lasers out of their eyes.

Be advised.

CorporatePiggy on July 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

But then how else would be able to stick up for people like
Louie Gohmert…

verbaluce on July 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

LOL whatever port in a storm you can find, buddy. If that’s what you need to cling to right now to feel better about yourself, then go right ahead.

tdpwells on July 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I’m not much of a gun person, but I hate this meme that it’s the fault of guns. If the Virginia Teach shooter, the Giffords shooter, the Toronto shooter, Major Hassan and now this shooter want to kill people they will!

The real answer to this is to PUT INSANE PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL before they kill someone. Every one of these shooters was recognized to be showing signs of insanity, but it’s against the law and the law of PC to do anything about it.

Thanks, so-called mental patient advocates. This blood too is on your hands!

PattyJ on July 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The original clarification, without an apology, has since been moved to the top of the story and turned into an apology

It’s sad to say, but I’m actually very slightly impressed by this.

I SHOULDN’T be, mind you. Because falsely fradulently accusing someone of murder used to be a rather serious matter.

But I’m amazed that ABC didn’t shove this to the Internet equivalent of a page 22 retraction.

logis on July 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Are you in third grade?
Then stop acting like you are.
But then how else would be able to stick up for people like
Louie Gohmert…

verbaluce on July 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

How’s life under the bridge?

Bitter Clinger on July 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Did you guys hear yet? This is true: Brian Ross was arrested in Fontana, CA yesterday for sexting 2 young girls and asking them for sex.

http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20120319-fontana-mentone-man-arrested-in-sexting-case.ece

(H/T Steve Foley)

ElRonaldo on July 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

People need to start twittering this to prove a point. Make it a trend.

ABC’s Brian Ross Arrested for Sexting Children

The Notorious G.O.P on July 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

One thing I am certain of, the Hollywood liberals will NEVER take an ounce of responsibility for our violent society, and psychopaths like Holmes. Their First Amendment rights are sacrosanct, and any reasonable self-censorship simply can’t be considered.

Meanwhile, our Second Amendment rights are subject to endless interpretation, aurorae, penumbrae, emanations, and all that crap.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

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