Rush Limbaugh: How did Brian Ross’s tea-party “scoop” about Aurora make it on the air?

posted at 6:01 pm on July 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Daily Rushbo, belated reaction to the media’s latest attempt to bash a square peg into a round narrative hole. Over at Slate, Dave Weigel says it’s unfair to equate Brian Ross with “the media” because Ross isn’t really a partisan, just a guy so hungry for sensational scoops that he’ll happily follow a lead from either side, on air, right up his own rear end. I actually prefer that explanation to the standard “committed left-wing hack trying to score a cheap point on the right” theory because I think it better captures how egregiously the press has mainstreamed the false “tea-party violence” storyline after three years of endless hysteria about it. After all, it’s not news when a liberal reporter or pundit tries to scapegoat the right for an act of mass violence; they have an agenda, they see an opportunity, and they take it, facts be damned. More ominous to me is the idea that the narrative template of tea partiers as domestic terrorists is so firmly set in media circles that even a comparatively “nonpartisan” reporter like Ross would gravitate to it after a mass shooting. To see what I mean, go skim Gabe Malor’s round-up of media/online scares about the TP over the last three years following major acts of violence in America. Everyone remembers the aftermath of the Tucson shooting, when the demagoguery was most pronounced because a political figure was at the center, but it’s the tip of the iceberg. The story of the deranged tea partier has achieved the status of Larger Truth, and so Ross, hackishly yet quite naturally given his profession, had it pop to mind as a possible angle after Aurora. Imagine his confusion upon discovering that it’s horribly irresponsible to impute political motives to James Holmes without knowing anything about him when it was A-OK to do so with Jared Loughner.

Here’s a transcript of Limbaugh’s monologue in case you don’t have time for the clip. Exit question: Have we reached a national consensus yet on whether it’s okay to politicize mass killings? I’ve been told that’s a decidedly bad thing to do after a terrorist attack, but if the politicization involves gun control, there appears to be some wiggle room.


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I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO GLAD TO SEE ALLAH PUNDIT!!!!!1111

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Bishop on July 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I’ll relate your little gem to hubby and report back if his reply won’t get me the hammer.

What’s your bet it won’t?

jersey taxpayer on July 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I used to see Brian Ross almost every day, as I had a locker next to his at the gym. Seemed like a nice enough guy. Then again, never did get into any long discussions with the guy.

Sharpton was there as well. Took all my will power not to… REDACTED

Rixon on July 23, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Better lockermates than Rahm.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I don’t believe for one minute that these cretins in the media don’t sit around every single day scouring the news for the latest tragedy, or if one falls in their laps like this, and figure out how to tie it to the Tea Party or conservatives somehow, some way. They are amoral and that their agenda justifies virtually every means they can conjure up and they don’t care about anything else.

(BTW, welcome back. Hope you had a great vacation.)

PatriotGal2257 on July 23, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Yup, it’s a propaganda shop for evil. Covering up fast and the furious for their new stalin Obama.

the_nile on July 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I saw that CNN’s “Media Watchdog” whatever his name is gave this guy as pass because he’s an “award winner”. Big deal.

Marcus on July 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I read that the shooter was a member of Occupy Wall Street…

… What say you, Mr. Ross?

Seven Percent Solution on July 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Nothing because Occupy vermin don’t show up on a random Google search.

Keep in mind here, and this is what disgusts me the most. We knew the shooter was 24, it became quickly clear that Ross was talking about a 50-year-old. And the bastard and his network never really apologized.

If they think this is over just because they are ignoring the issue, they are wrong. We need to keep pressing the issue the way that Dan Rather was drummed out at CBS for knowingly broadcasting “fake but accurate” documents.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I not going to mention the fact that Brian Ross is a convicted pedophile and he is listed on the a sex offender’s list.

http://t.co/0pxc6n1r

esnap on July 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Bishop on July 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I’ll relate your little gem to hubby and report back if his reply won’t get me the hammer.

What’s your bet it won’t?

jersey taxpayer on July 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Bishop likes to troll and make fun of leftist talking points. It was not meant at you directly, but was a starting point for him to make the point.

Welcome to Hot Gas (Gov Perry called this site Hot Gas if you missed it).

Please don’t take Bishop’s comment in this case as a slight against you. I’ve been caught in at least one myself. ;)

Bishop: You remind me of a chap on twitter who does exactly what you did and reels in the libs. Now I’m going to think he’s you!

kim roy on July 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

CW on July 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I sure as hell hope he/she/it doesn’t think that. But you can’t put anything past some people.

Moose Drool on July 23, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Via the Daily Rushbo, belated reaction to the media’s latest attempt to bash a square peg into a round narrative hole. Over at Slate, Dave Weigel says it’s unfair to equate Brian Ross with “the media” because Ross isn’t really a partisan, just a guy so hungry for sensational scoops that he’ll happily follow a lead from either side, on air, right up his own rear end.

I actually prefer that explanation to the standard “committed left-wing hack trying to score a cheap point on the right” theory because I think it better captures how egregiously the press has mainstreamed the false “tea-party violence” storyline after three years of endless hysteria about it. After all, it’s not news when a liberal reporter or pundit tries to scapegoat the right for an act of mass violence; they have an agenda, they see an opportunity, and they take it, facts be damned.

It seems to me that your second statement contradicts your first statement. If Ross isn’t a left wing hack but someone genuinely chasing a story why is he so quick to spread the false The Tea party is violent narrative.

Basilsbest on July 23, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I read that the shooter was a member of Occupy Wall Street…

… What say you, Mr. Ross?

Seven Percent Solution on July 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Nothing because Occupy vermin don’t show up on a random Google search.

Keep in mind here, and this is what disgusts me the most. We knew the shooter was 24, it became quickly clear that Ross was talking about a 50-year-old. And the bastard and his network never really apologized.

If they think this is over just because they are ignoring the issue, they are wrong. We need to keep pressing the issue the way that Dan Rather was drummed out at CBS for knowingly broadcasting “fake but accurate” documents.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

That’s why we have blogs like this. But the ones really doing the Heavy Lifting are the folks at NewsBusters.

And also the folks at Power Line, who were a major part of exposing Dan Rather in ’04.

As for Google, you are absolutely correct. They are a Left-Leaning search engine, which is not surprising considering who created them and who owns them.

And it’s not just “random” Google searches, it’s Google News searches.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO GLAD TO SEE ALLAH PUNDIT!!!!!1111

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM

OmahaConservative on July 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

…YEP!…HE’S BACK…!!!…maybe A P and the cat need to take a va ca once in a while…seems to be on fire!

KOOLAID2 on July 23, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Rush Limbaugh: How did Brian Ross’s tea-party “scoop” about Aurora make it on the air?

They don’t call it the A(lways)B(iased-socialist)C(lowns) network for nothing.

TeaPartyNation on July 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Do you feel all the love AP…..

Barred on July 23, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I seriously doubt that very much gets aired on national media that has not been vetted to ensure it’s in line with their view of how the world should be.

Nomas on July 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Yeah, Brian Ross is a tool, but the gleam in Stephanopoulas’s eye really made me sick. He is not blameless in this little plot.

BettyRuth on July 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Make it easy on them. Assume rockmom’s clue is correct, and some intern monitoring twitter saw the link made there and tells Ross. Ross finds the guy’s Tea Party page, decides that is due diligence and, hack that he is, goes for the big “scoop”.

Right there to provide context are Stephanopolos and at least one producer who is talking in his ear. Both are supposedly professional newsmen (I know, Steph is a Demo agent, but stay with me here).

Why didn’t either one of them immediately correct what everyone seems to understand was a gross breach of professional standards, if not unethical conduct?

Narrative templates only go so far to explain what went down.

novaculus on July 23, 2012 at 8:06 PM

If flogging until he can’t walk is off the table, then this Brian Ross should be fired. This didn’t even come close to passing the journalistic smell test. When will enough be enough?

claudius on July 23, 2012 at 8:17 PM

jersey taxpayer on July 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I agree with kim roy, don’t let Bishop’s snark fool you, he is a small business man himself. And he has a bunker!!!

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

AP, I love you for putting up the Rush clip. Rush is the best.

BoxHead1 on July 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM

YAY to the return of AP!!!

ChipDWood on July 23, 2012 at 9:33 PM

This guy is the worst type of propagandist… His lies are intentionally aimed at patriots and designed to aid the Marxist in the WH. ABC needs to send him packing…. but they won’t. He is one with the MSM id and that’ll protect him.

RalphyBoy on July 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM

How did Brian Ross’s tea-party “scoop” about Aurora make it on the air?

“Hope”.

Remember?

Tim_CA on July 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Must have been “Hope”. Certainly wasn’t “Change”. (Different day, same old sh!t reporting.)

bofh on July 23, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Google Brian Ross sex offenders, I found a bunch. Perhaps we can state that our research uncovered that we found a BRIAN ROSS ON THE SEX OFFENDERS REGISTRY and then stay on top of THAT story. (if it turns out to be untrue, I’ll tweet…)

PatriotPete on July 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM

It’s over.I no longer trust ABC.

Sure missed you, AP. Welcome back :)

TN Mom on July 23, 2012 at 10:10 PM

There was a young lady on Hannity tonight who had a pearl of wisdom that really puts this in perspective. The Democrats, and their media cohorts, want people to believe the tea party is nothing more than a group of angry people because they feel it lessens their credibility. Don’t listen to what they’re saying because they’re just a violent, angry bunch of racists. Never mind that the message is about debt and how we’re burdening future generations with debt that will ensure they are not able to become successful. In this, the MSM is complicit, just like ABC was this morning. How many people believe the tea party is violent and racist? COnsidering there has never been a violent or racist event that they actually committed, way too many.

I believe, and I know it won’t happen, but I firmly believe that the MSM, every outlet, owes the tea party a multi-page story that actually tells the truth about the group and dispels the rumors they’ve participated in.

It’s okay, because there are so many people out there who know someone who associates themselves with the tea party, either by supporting organizations or their ideas. They know the Democrats and the press are lying and that’s why it’s costing them support. Still, the tea party would have much more support if it weren’t for the lies the MSM has spread about them. It is their shame and I’m really looking forward to someone in that group waking up and saying, “What on earth are we doing?”

bflat879 on July 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM

kim roy on July 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I agree with kim roy, don’t let Bishop’s snark fool you, he is a small business man himself. And he has a bunker!!!

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Ladies, ladies, I’m quite familiar with B’s wit (as stated, having read the threads quite a bit.) I was simply attempting (in my limited supply of time at the moment) to one-up it; I figured B for a bettin’ man :)

Incidentally, hubby’s working on a sub-basement excavation, to my delight. He knows how to keep this girl happy, 37 plus years and counting.

jersey taxpayer on July 23, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Next time you leave alla–take us with you.

dragondrop on July 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM

It was 8:17am eastern when Ross went on the air with the fake Tea Party suspect.

Today they reported “ABC News phoned Arlene Holmes at 5am PST, at her home in San Diego, Calif., according to notes and email records by ABC News producer Matthew Mosk, who placed the call.”

So ABC news is admitting they knew it was NOT the Tea Party guy before Ross went on the air with it and he did it anyway. Mosk works on Ross’s team. The time given by ABC doesn’t match up.

The mother’s story makes sense.

This is not news reporting.
It’s propaganda.
Ross and Mosk should both be fired.

Trucorgi on July 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Dave Weigel is a complete idiot, but you knew that.

If you didn’t, well . . .

Ross is a leftist hack and always has been, and even an idiot like Weigel should know that. But Stephanopoulus is at least as guilty. He was the anchor for the coverage.

Both should be fired.

Adjoran on July 23, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Various sex offenders around the country named Brian Ross? Sweet karma.

jjjdad on July 24, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Have we reached a national consensus yet on whether it’s okay to politicize mass killings?

Yes, when it involves the 2nd amendment which is always a hot political issue. Terrorism? Not so much, because we ALL hate terrorism.

But why is the 2nd amendment such a hot topic? Because libtards believe that stricter gun laws will reduce killings, much the same way that they believe we should go soft on child molesters and rapists because they believe that these cancers to society can be rehabilitated.
NY has the 4th toughest gun laws in the country yet NYPD confiscated over 4,000 guns in 2011. Yep, those tough gun laws sure work, don’t they?

RMCS_USN on July 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

I first heard of this through Glenn Beck who was googling Brian Ross and wondering if he were the Brian Ross who was the pedophile, arsonist, murderer, etc.
The boss emeritus has the best zinger though: A compendium of the lamestream’s falsely blaming tea partiers and conservatives for every similar tragedy.

Christian Conservative on July 24, 2012 at 12:35 AM

The significant insight in Rush’s monologue is that Snuffalufagos and Ross “didn’t care whether it was true or not.” This is the hallmark of leftist rhetoric. The truth isn’t a victim — it isn’t even in town. At least a liar knows what the truth is and chooses to deceive. To a dedicated leftist, the truth is irrelevant — only the effect of the rhetoric matters. We used to just call it bullsh*t.

JerseyJeff on July 24, 2012 at 1:14 AM

How does a suspect who resembles the Guy Fawkes occupier mask more than a middle-aged Tea Partier fit the template for right wing violence?

He doesn’t.

What you have here is your classic case of projection: left wing violence projected onto right wing scapegoats. It is what is called politics in America.

Don’t fall into the trap of even discussing this crap.

It’s not a question of how conservatives need to get their minds right about gun control. It’s a question of committing liberal freaks to insane asylums and destroying the liberal facade of what is and isn’t acceptable discourse and behavior in out culture.

It’s your culture. Claim it before there is nothing left to claim.

Stepan on July 24, 2012 at 5:55 AM

Rush Limbaugh: How did Brian Ross’s tea-party “scoop” about Aurora make it on the air?

Don’t be stupid Rush, it made it on the air because it is what ABC believes.

SWalker on July 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Rather that it is what ABC and their ilk want us to believe. Like Obama, they have an agenda and it is saturated with deceit, frosted with fear (or candy), loaded with poison.

Don L on July 24, 2012 at 6:38 AM

But why is the 2nd amendment such a hot topic? Because libtards believe that stricter gun laws will reduce killings…

RMCS_USN on July 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

That’s what they claim, but I’m not so sure I believe that. I honestly think it’s about control of people, not crime. A free and armed populace can never be fully controlled by government and liberals love nothing more than government. the Second Amendment is, as designed, an impediment to absolute government control over it’s citizens. This is why liberals have been pursuing incremental increases in control and baby steps toward socialism. It is a delicate balancing act between their desire for absolute power and their recognition that they aren’t bullet-proof and that “right wingers” have most of the guns. This could actually explain, at least partly, why they immediately suspected right wing extremism in the Giffords shooting.

SKYFOX on July 24, 2012 at 7:49 AM

My Grandmother used to say, “Never talk to a reporter, they are all vultures.”

Like most people her age she believed that decent people only were in the newspaper three times in their lives: When the were born, when they got engaged and when they died. Any other contact with “‘the news” was to be avoided.

SurferDoc on July 24, 2012 at 8:31 AM

They’ll do it everytime. Throw out the meme one page 1 above the fold, and then if needed, retract the statement on page 46 under the ads for strip clubs.

kirkill on July 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

This speaks to the coordinated power of the main stream media (as much as I hate to say it). They, with the help of politicians, race hustlers, assorted other liberal liars, have completely rewritten history and reshaped public opinion of the peaceful tea party. It’s a travesty, and should have every freedom loving American furious and motivated to RUN to their polling place. We need to teach the propaganda media a lesson and throw their complicit leftist liars OUT ON THIER @sses.

bob77 on July 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

AP, this really needs to be updated with today’s Michael Ramirez cartoon.

Sheerq on July 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM

“Why did they do it?” Because it’s useful.
There is no truth in Pravda.

Kenosha Kid on July 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

You like the explanation that he’s just an overeager reporter? Then show me where he rushed onto air with something that hurt the Left.

Hucklebuck on July 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Here is the link to yesterday’s Ramirez cartoon:

http://news.investors.com/editorialcartoons/cartoon.aspx?id=619252

Sheerq on July 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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