ABC News president to staff: Our coverage was excellent except for that whole Brian Ross tea party thing

posted at 4:41 pm on July 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

It’s now day five of Rossgate and we continue to inch ever so slowly towards meaningful action. Consider this post the official launch of the Hot Air pool on when disciplinary measures will be announced. Put me down for five bucks on seventeen days from now.

Ed calls this “ABC’s version of ‘Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?’”

ABC News president Ben Sherwood told staff today that last Friday’s incorrect report by Brian Ross detracts from the network’s otherwise excellent coverage of the Colarado theater shooting, network sources tell POLITICO.

Sherwood’s remarks, made on the network’s daily editorial conference call, came the morning after Ross’s report was picked up by late night comedians John Stewart and Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central, both of whom used Ross’s erroneous suggestion of a Tea Party link to the Colorado theater shooting as fodder for their Monday night routines.

On Monday’s conference call, ABC News SVP James Goldston also commended the staff for its work, noted the incorrect report, and said that the network was taking steps to ensure it did not happen again, sources told POLITICO yesterday.

Right-wing blog indignation could be safely ignored but once the media’s patron saint gave the official thumbs down, Sherwood and Goldston had no choice but to speak up. Imagine if Stewart goes after them again tonight for that highly dubious he said/she said with James Holmes’s mother. Good lord. They’ll have to call a news conference to grovel properly.

Here’s O’Reilly with Bernie Goldberg last night insisting that Ross’s true sin was blind headline-seeking, not hardcore partisan bias. WaPo went through The Blotter’s archives to see whether the Ross oeuvre has any strong ideological bent and found a lot of stories about Solyndra, Bernie Madoff, and of course terrorism. Hmmmm. Exit question: So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?



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If they had expended that effort vetting Obama we might have his college transcripts.

jb34461 on July 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

The story is slowly turning into a “blame Brian Ross” for a problem that is in fact, institutional in nature.

It’s depressing watching us fall for this misdirection.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

ABC is the Tea Party.

Bmore on July 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Kinda like saying:

The surgery was entirely successful, if only the patient hadn’t died on the table.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

George sat there and did nothing. Kinda like a certain football coach.

meci on July 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

ABC News president to staff: Our coverage was excellent except for that whole Brian Ross tea party thing

Penn State University president to staff: Our football program was excellent except for that Jerry Sandusky thing

aunursa on July 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Here’s O’Reilly with Bernie Goldberg last night insisting that Ross’s true sin was blind headline-seeking, not hardcore partisan bias. WaPo went through The Blotter’s archives to see whether the Ross oeuvre has any strong ideological bent and found a lot of stories about Solyndra, Bernie Madoff, and of course terrorism. Hmmmm.

Yeah, and if memory serves wasn’t Brian Ross like the ONLY msm guy who actually dug into Jeremiah Wright’s past back in the 08 campaign?

Hmm..

MikeknaJ on July 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

ABC News president to staff: Our coverage was excellent except for that whole Brian Ross tea party thing

The operation was a great successful, unfortunately the patient died.

sharrukin on July 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

We wrote an excellent article, except for that ‘Dewey Wins’ thingie.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

The surgery was entirely successful, if only the patient hadn’t died on the table.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Beat me to it.

sharrukin on July 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

o’reilly is buds with Ross…and has both Ross and Steph on his show sometimes.

When he jumped the shark and mumbled something about what if they found someone with a membership in MoveOn it got pretty funny.

Goldberg was the only one on the set not in the tank for ABC news.

Sad really

r keller on July 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Here’s O’Reilly with Bernie Goldberg last night insisting that Ross’s true sin was blind headline-seeking, not hardcore partisan bias.

Saw this exchange. O’Really was wrong, of course, but he Jumped the Shark a long time ago, after O’bama gave him that interview in 2008. He’s also good friends with Brian Ross.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Right-wing blog indignation could be safely ignored but once the media’s patron saint give the official thumbs down, Sherwood and Goldston had no choice but to speak up.

LOL. Lefties really do worship that smug DB don’t they.

Kataklysmic on July 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I wonder how Ben Sherwood will feel should one of the falsely accused ends up murdered.

IMHO, the very least Ben Sherwood could do is offer to pay for a protection detail for the innocent man [men?] until the lie gets removed from the minds of militant leftists.

DannoJyd on July 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

What I think of ABC News:

ABC news, the most f***ed up name in news.

More people get their BS from ABC News than from any other source.

Nightline: self-important newsreaders, designer suits, meaningless animated graphics, leaving the viewer longing for Ted Koppel — it’s a sign of the times.

Paul-Cincy on July 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

The only way I know about abc is from reading on the blogs. I haven’t watched abc, nbc, cbs, or any other network in twenty years. I sorta like the truth when I get the news, just me!
L

letget on July 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Beat me to it.

sharrukin on July 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Our thoughts were so patently brilliant, they needed repeating.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

ABC’s version of ‘Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

Heh!!

ted c on July 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

“Great job, guys! Now get out there and make up more s**t – we have a floundering “president” to re-elect – if HE goes down, WE go down! And remember, FACTS have nothing to do with NEWS!”

Pork-Chop on July 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Leftist buffoon Jon Stewart: ‘What story does a guy have to blow to get in trouble at ABC?’

Answer: ANY story praising OBOZO or any other lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist. (These MUST ALWAYS be presented as PERFECT propaganda. If not, it’s a firing offense.)

TeaPartyNation on July 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

When is Brian Ross going to report that:

OBAMA’S GOVERNMENT FUNDED THE AURORA MOVIE THEATER KILLER!

As per Drudge...

profitsbeard on July 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Every Scoobee Doo villian: “We would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for those darn kids.”

stldave on July 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Ross strikes me as someone so eager to crack a story that he just jumps the gun (often).

changer1701 on July 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Does it trouble him that all the mistakes happen in one direction. Jim Holmes, the gay activist, or Jim Holmes, the union organizer, never have to worry about such mistakes. Not from ABC.

RBMN on July 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Fire his a$$.

gracie on July 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Ben Sherwood, can I call you Bennie? I do not think that word (excellence) means what you think it means.

I haven’t seen “excellence” at ABC since you dropped the Flintstones. And a whole lot less tolerable programming since Disney bought you out.

As for “news”…c’mon, get real. Saw better news programming out of the old Soviet Gosteleradio network, back in the day.

coldwarrior on July 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

r keller on July 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I quit watching O’Reilly years ago. He’s a pompous ass, who thinks he’s above the fray and, therefore, superior to imbeciles like us … and our petty politics.

We have but to acknowledge his greatness.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Most old media are utter fools.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Leftist buffoon Jon Stewart: ‘What story does a guy have to blow to get in trouble at ABC?’

TeaPartyNation on July 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Is this a play on the joke from SNL 1997:

Monica Lewinsky and her attorney, William Ginsburg, were turned away from L.A.’s posh Palm Restaurant because they didn’t have reservations. Monica was overheard to say, “Hey, who do you have to blow to get a table around here?”

Paul-Cincy on July 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on July 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

He got, and wants again, interview with Oaf the Great. Two narcissists, out for their own imagined balanced glory…

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Here’s O’Reilly with Bernie Goldberg last night insisting that Ross’s true sin was blind headline-seeking, not hardcore partisan bias.

I might buy that, but I’m not sure how much it matters. It’s like the old line about how liberals like to be judged on their intentions. Every piece of misguided leftist legislation is defended by some variant of “it’s not perfect, but at least they tried to do something”. Who cares if the outcome is garbage?

stldave on July 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

He got, and wants again, interview with Oaf the Great. Two narcissists, out for their own imagined balanced glory…

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Nail on head. Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The campaign was awesome . . . except for the whole “we lost” bit.

dswanson on July 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Ted Baxter’s going to give Ross a pass since he comes on his show.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

“O.K., we’ll keep looking at that. Thanks very much Brian Ross. Let’s get the weather.”

That last line – “Let’s get the weather.”, spoken as if it was simply assumed that the suspect was a Tea Party member. Just like Loughner was, I guess.

Curtiss on July 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The campaign was awesome . . . except for the whole “we lost” bit.

dswanson on July 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Isn’t that what Stephie Cutter said after the Kerry/Edwards campaign?

coldwarrior on July 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Funny thing is the other Mr. Holmes, the TEA Party one, 53, Latino, is a former law enforcement man.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Where’s Colarado? Is that where they keep the secret formula for Coke?

MadisonConservative on July 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Here’s O’Reilly with Bernie Goldberg last night insisting that Ross’s true sin was blind headline-seeking, not hardcore partisan bias.

O’Reilly’s turned into a pandering fool trying to get interviews.

Good to have you back AP.

kim roy on July 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Both George and Ross should be suspended… George pitched the softball and knew the ‘answer’…

Khun Joe on July 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Yes, George Steffy said nothing. But where’s the show’s producer in all of this? He’s the one that gave Ross the thumbs-up to inject it into the narrative.

John the Libertarian on July 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

ABC said WHAT…….. BWAHAHAHAHAH………. Now read what I wrote about ABC… ABC’s Criminal Maleficence.

SWalker on July 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Welcome back, AP. Just got back from S’pore, and I say fine ‘em and cane ‘em, publicly, of course. /

Glad to be home. God bless America!

Christien on July 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The play was excellent except for the whole assassination thing.

-Mary Todd Lincoln

Ted Torgerson on July 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Welcome back AP!

22044 on July 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The story is slowly turning into a “blame Brian Ross” for a problem that is in fact, institutional in nature.

It’s depressing watching us fall for this misdirection.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

There certainly is an institutional bias but I think you are wrong to call blaming Brian Ross a misdirection. Nobody was holding a gun to his head and forcing him to suggest that the theater shooter was associated with the TPM. We knew the age of the individual being held for the shooting and (apparently) the website for the other guy with a fairly common name listed his age as 50. This is not the vetting one would expect from ABC’s chief investigative reporter.

More importantly, and this is where Ross really blew it, he was quick to report that the shooter could be associated with the TPM but would he have reported it if his google search had come up with an individual with the shooter’s name listed as treasurer of the Aurora Heights Garden Club or local PTA? In short, Ross was looking to make it political and an attack on the right wing so when the name showed up on a TPM website, he didn’t even bother doing due dilligence. We still have no motive behind this atrocity but that shouldn’t mean we should forget that Ross was ascribing the massacre to a political motive before the blood was even dry or the last of the victims bodies had been removed from the theater.

That is unacceptable and I suspect that Allah is right. He’ll get some sort of slap on the wrist three weeks from the day of the shooting, in August when fewer people than usual are watching ABC news.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Ted Baxter’s going to give Ross a pass since he comes on his show.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Yep, that’s why he is so afraid to criticize little Bammie, because BOR lives for the big gets. Nothing else matters for him.

slickwillie2001 on July 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

ABC News president Ben Sherwood told staff today that last Friday’s incorrect report by Brian Ross detracts from the network’s otherwise excellent coverage of the Colarado theater shooting, network sources tell POLITICO.

spell check anyone???? FFS

ted c on July 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

If a network offered him a job he would throw Fox under a bus so fast it would make their heads spin.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

ABC knows that they don’t have to punish Brian Ross. I mean, what are we gonna do – boycott a network that we’re not watching already?

beatcanvas on July 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The story is slowly turning into a “blame Brian Ross” for a problem that is in fact, institutional in nature.

It’s depressing watching us fall for this misdirection.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I gotcha…..so, blaming Brian Ross for the report is like blaming the gun for the killing…. We should be blaming ABC NEWS!!!

ted c on July 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The story is slowly turning into a “blame Brian Ross” for a problem that is in fact, institutional in nature.

It’s depressing watching us fall for this misdirection.

[Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM]

Sure, it’s institutional in nature. And, I suppose, there are numerous ways to change it. One way is to make someone the object lesson of the consequences of the problem. That it is Brian Ross, may just be unfortunate, if there are others who may be more deserving. But that aside, subsequent to a head rolling everyone else will be more circumspect and where it’s a collaborative effort with short straws or the ‘Let’s have Mikey do it’, the chump whose turn it is might object to being put in front of the pubic firing squad.

There’s also way of change from within. Good luck with that.

Institutional change is not an event but a process and Ross is neither collateral damage nor a victim. He was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with a piece of “news” that was well past it’s expiration date and he chose poorly, both professionally and ethically.

Dusty on July 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

Pretty much! Sounds like the ploy worked as planned…toss the accusation out there, let the 300 or so viewers they have deem it as factual, pooh pooh the whole thing, issue an apology and move on to another smear. Brilliant “journalism”.

scalleywag on July 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Our coverage was excellent

Care to elaborate Mr ABC ? What excellent things happened to be in that coverage ?

burrata on July 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

That could likely could be explained by the director telling Stephy to go to Brian Ross, and Stephy not knowing what Ross was gonna say – unless you believe Goldberg and think that they were in it together.

RMCS_USN on July 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

ABC News president to staff: Our coverage was excellent except for that whole Brian Ross tea party thing

Penn State University president to staff: Our football program was excellent except for that Jerry Sandusky thing

aunursa on July 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Axelrod to Obama Campaign Staff:

Our campaign strategy is excellent except for that If you started a business You didn’t build that thingy

workingclass artist on July 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I see in Brian Ross’ future a big O Liberal bus running him down. When the Liberal comedians turn on you, then you are in big trouble.

DDay on July 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I quit watching O’Reilly years ago. He’s a pompous ass, who thinks he’s above the fray and, therefore, superior to imbeciles like us … and our petty politics.

We have but to acknowledge his greatness.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Pompous smarmy perverted ass. Don’t forget his sex scandal. Maybe that’s part of the deal. O’reilly – “I’d better not be too hard on these guys or they’ll spread the whole truth of my sex scandal out there again….”

oldroy on July 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

No, as usual Rush gets it. It didn’t matter to ABC whether the Tea Party connection was correct or not. It allowed them to get Team Party connected with the shooting. That is all they were trying to do.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

European Economists: The European Union is excellent except for Greece,Ireland,Portugal,Spain and Italy

workingclass artist on July 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

[beatcanvas on July 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM]

They may judge it isn’t serious enough but they do have to consider it and make that decision. Reputations are a serious part of business. Otherwise, using your yardstick, wouldn’t Dan Rather, Eason Jordan, and the producer at NBC (with the Zimmerman transcript/audio fiasco) not been sacked?

Dusty on July 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

John the Libertarian on July 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Yes. Let’s ignore the hand puppet and get to the people who actually made the decision to and air it.

Let’s also take a look at ABC/DISNEY and see if this unethical and slipshod standard is pernicious and pervasive throughout the corporation as a working philosophy.

thatsafactjack on July 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

It will be interesting to see what happens with Holmes’ mother’s “you have the right person” quote. I’m inclined to believe a mass-murderers mother over ABC. Her explanation is more than plausible. ABC has no explanation.

oldroy on July 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Let’s also take a look at ABC/DISNEY

thatsafactjack on July 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

exactly

John the Libertarian on July 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

That is all they were trying to do.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Exactly.

scalleywag on July 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

It must be hard for Ross, wondering if he’s about to become a sacrificial lamb, while Stephy, et al float free.

a capella on July 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

It will be interesting to see what happens with Holmes’ mother’s “you have the right person” quote. I’m inclined to believe a mass-murderers mother over ABC. Her explanation is more than plausible. ABC has no explanation.

I am in complete agreement.

To tell the truth, I may have sided with ABC and said the mother was just trying to protect her son had it not been for the whole tea-party smear/lack of ethics displayed by ABC.

Take them individually:

The Tea-Party smear would be a story reserved for the right-wing blogosphere and the Stewart show. As we have seen the last couple of days, no other news outlets seem inclined to pick up the story.

ABC got a scoop by contacting the murderer’s mother and she even said that “they had the right person”. Claims by the mother to the contrary are her trying to stand behind her son.

Now take them together:
ABC is starting to show an institutional lack of credibility. The mother’s version is MORE belieavable because it comes from the network that gave us the Tea Party Smear. The Tea Party smear argument that it was a mistake by a reporter is LESS believable because ABC reportedly mischaracterized the mother’s words.

We are witnessing the fall of the MSM. They are losing credibility and it is starting to call into question all of their reporting.

weaselyone on July 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

……George is still blowing up rubbers and worrying about birth control!

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I doubt anything will happen to Ross. If this matter stays at the forefront a few more days, ABC might announce the ‘firing’ of some never-to-be-named researcher (which will be another lie) so the network can get past it.

Or should that be ‘go forward’?

Liam on July 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Let’s also take a look at ABC/DISNEY and see if this unethical and slipshod standard is pernicious and pervasive throughout the corporation as a working philosophy.

thatsafactjack on July 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Remember that movie “The Path to 9/11″?

‘Nuff said.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

The economy is excellent, except for that whole unemployment thing.

kirkill on July 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

We need an NCAA style group to oversee the MSM and smack them down when they demonstrate a “lack of institutional control”

weaselyone on July 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

The Notorious G.O.P on July 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

of course, and they’ll do it again next time too. It’s Yet Another Alinsky tactic.

kirkill on July 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

It will be interesting to see what happens with Holmes’ mother’s “you have the right person” quote. I’m inclined to believe a mass-murderers mother over ABC. Her explanation is more than plausible. ABC has no explanation.

oldroy on July 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I’ve come to the conclusion that those who say we should not use the shooter’s name are correct. Why give him the publicity and make him into the next Timothy McVeigh or Bradley Manning?

And yes, I believe the mom too. I realize that the news business is competitive but what kind of vulture calls a mother up at 5:30 in the morning and demands a quote on the spot about why her kid shot up a theater? It is preying on an individual when they are at their weakest and ABC should be ashamed for such tactics. So too should the Aurora PD for publicly releasing the name of the “alleged” shooter in such a way that ABC could do what it did. I realize we are talking about a 24-year-old and not a minor but there was no reason why the PD had to say anything to the media about who they had detained until the situation was sorted out a bit more.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

John the Libertarian on July 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

The scandal that has rocked NEWSCORP started out with an editorial decision at a newspaper in the UK, NEWS OF THE WORLD, to embrace illegal cellphone hacking to obtain a ‘scoop’ on a case centered around the abduction and murder of a little girl.

This localized lapse has since revealed deep and widespread corruption, including bribing police. The investigation has raced all the way through the corporate structure,revealing a chain of corruption and illegality, including Rebekah Brooks, editor of NOTW, hand picked and promoted by Rupert Murdoch, personal friend of David Cameron, the Prime Minister of England, Andy Coulson, former NOTW editor, hired against advice of his office by David Cameron as an aide, James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son and heir apparent.

Brooks and Coulson have already been charged. James Murdoch may yet be charged, and his career is most certainly damaged, perhaps ruined, in any case. The bid that NEWSCORP had made to buy a satellite broadcasting company, B-Sky-B, a deal that James Murdoch ws overseeing and negotiating, the deal that was supposed to make his career and confirm to the Board of NEWSCORP that he was ready to assume his father’s place, is now defunct. The loss of the deal cost NEWSCORP BILLIONS. Rupert Murdoch has been forced to resign his interest in the newspapers he owned, and he’s now fighting to save his son’s career and his empire. It has been widely suggested that he is too old and should step down as head of NEWSCORP.

I can’t help wondering what might be revealed if this breech at ABC/DISNEY was investigated in terms of where the corporate philosophy which engendered the decision to air the fallacious in formation originated, how widespread it had become in the corporate structure, and what other avenues and decisions it had influenced.

thatsafactjack on July 24, 2012 at 6:03 PM

brian Ross is an appallingly bad, biased, reporter.

pat on July 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

ABC’s statement is equivalent to the South saying: “The policies of our confederacy were great . . . except for that slavery thing.” There’s rot and decay in the mainstream media and all of their obfuscation and equivocation cannot change that fact.

rplat on July 24, 2012 at 6:07 PM

ABC got a scoop by contacting the murderer’s mother and she even said that “they had the right person”. Claims by the mother to the contrary are her trying to stand behind her son.

weaselyone on July 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

read to the national press by attorney Lisa Damiani. “He asked if I was Arlene Holmes and if my son was James Holmes who lives in Aurora, Colorado. I answered yes, you have the right person. I was referring to myself.”

From Politico……

I don’t think she changed her story at all. I think they screwed it up from the beginning.

oldroy on July 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM

What you fail to see is that any mention of the Tea Party is in and off itself superfluous and therefore a product of bias.

A person does not mention evidence or factors unless one believes they in some manner bear relevance to the point being made.

So mentioning Tea Party shows intent. Only Brian truly knows what that intent was. Nonetheless, he was trying to build a narrative based on whatever image mentioning the Tea Party would, in his mind, conjure with an audience.

Summarily, chasing Brian’s past stories for evidence of bias is irrelevant to this matter. He saw the Tea Party moniker and instantly decided it was a relevant and important part of the story.

What I find disingenuous and dishonest, besides the sloppy, fallacious reporting is the attempting to portray as some honest recitation with no particular motive.

We have been inured by a media who almost never reports a story using any standards. They lace alleged journalism with personal bias, select presentation of facts and ultimately deliver a product that a majority of people don’t trust. The public they allegedly serve has little regard for them beyond entertainment value.

But that does not mean we should accept such tripe and then go on a personal soul-searching expeditions to find meaningful excuses for its existence.

Bias and unsubstantiated fiction at one time had no place in journalism. Now apparently it is an acceptable part of the rulebook.

Marcus Traianus on July 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

“WaPo went through The Blotter’s archives to see whether the Ross oeuvre has any strong ideological bent and found a lot of stories about Solyndra, Bernie Madoff, and of course terrorism…”

‘Fast and Furious’

… not so much.

Seven Percent Solution on July 24, 2012 at 6:14 PM

It’s now day five of Rossgate and we continue to inch ever so slowly towards meaningful action. Consider this post the official launch of the Hot Air pool on when disciplinary measures will be announced. Put me down for five bucks on seventeen days from now.

I dunno ’bout that. Disciplining Ross or anyone else would act as a tacit admission against ABC’s self-interests. It would be admitting simple negligence, in the very least. After that, we’d basically get to go right to the damages phase.

You can bet that ABC is studying hard what happened to NBC when it defamed Richard Jewell.

Resist We Much on July 24, 2012 at 6:17 PM

So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

Well, why not? He got off scot free for patently carrying the Administration’s water when he introduced the topic of contraception at one of the Republican debates. It seemed positively bizarre at the time — but not for long.

JM Hanes on July 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Also, how is it if they “had the right person”, how could they screw up the Tea Party Guy? Ross screws the Tea Party guy at 8:17 am Eastern. Mass-murderer’s mother is contacted at 5:30 Pacific.

Did they not know they were going to make the call to the mother just 13 minutes earlier?

oldroy on July 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Kind of lends credence to the whole notion that they did know there were other leads to follow and intentionally wanted to tag the Tea Party.

oldroy on July 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

ABC News press release:
“Our coverage was excellent except for that whole Brian Ross tea party thing”.

Rejected first draft:
“Darn it, we came this close to breaking the story of Holmes’ political leanings, when suddenly the whole subject turned out to be of no possible iterest to the public whatsoever. We just hate it when that happens so suddenly like that. You just realize ‘Whoa! What was I thinking – this is not about politics!Oh look, a squirrel!!”

drunyan8315 on July 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Oops. 5:45 am call to mommy dearest.

oldroy on July 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Here’s O’Reilly with Bernie Goldberg last night insisting that Ross’s true sin was blind headline-seeking, not hardcore partisan bias. WaPo went through The Blotter’s archives to see whether the Ross oeuvre has any strong ideological bent and found a lot of stories about Solyndra, Bernie Madoff, and of course terrorism. Hmmmm. Exit question: So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

..ye cats and little kittens! I do sicken of that prancing, terminally self-referential minuet that BOREilly does each night on his pathetic show. (No, I do not watch; it’s a drive-by thing, kinda like ogling the stiffs laid out at the side of the road after an auto crash.)

The man has no redeeming merit whatsoever. He sits there like some oblate Buddha, mincing and parsing all utterances, arranging his positions like a Vegas Bookie — always positioning himself in the center AND ABOVE any controversy.

Anti-Obama issue: he comes down in favor of the Pantload. Pro-Obama Moon-Calf bleating: he excoriates the bleater as being a homer.

Actually, his act was long ago as tiresome as Hannity’s “Dirty air and water; bussed tables and worked in construction when I was young” bullet-point fusillades. Forget the Great-Great-Great Screaming and Shoving Matches that tailend that sorry piece of work.

Frankly, the entire mating dance of information dispersal is becoming rather boring.

The only bastion of sanity remains in many of the blogs with the goodly denizens thereof — especially here at HG and it’s nightly institution: QOTD.

..ahhhhhh, the common man!

The War Planner on July 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

How about Steph and Ross begin each evenings ‘news report’ with an apology for their gaffe.

“Just to remind people that when we screw up, we do it royally, so take that into consideration when listening to us.”

GarandFan on July 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Exit question: So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

Right, ‘cuz Staphinfection didn’t know that Ross was going to make the statement before going on the air and didn’t say “OK, we’ll keep looking at that” after he said it.

**eyeroll**

The Usual Suspects Blame Their Usual Suspects With The Usual Results

M2RB: Thousand Foot Krutch

Resist We Much on July 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Beck and his radio team turn the tables on Brian Ross by googling his name and find a child molester and murderer. Hilarious!

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/beck-blasts-abcs-misreporting-on-co-shooter-media-should-be-sued-and-made-an-example-of/

KenInIL on July 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM

The Toyota slandering reporter and network strikes again. Had forgotten he was the one that did that.

oldroy on July 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

Well, why not? He got off scot free for patently carrying the Administration’s water when he introduced the topic of contraception at one of the Republican debates. It seemed positively bizarre at the time — but not for long.

JM Hanes on July 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Now that you remind me, BOR gave Georgie a pass on that as well. He just simply couldn’t imagine that Georgie would be conspiring with little Bammie’s administration in choosing debate questions.

slickwillie2001 on July 24, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Exit question: So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

Not a chance. Anyone who thinks Stephanie didn’t know what nonsense Ross had made up beforehand is a fool. Sorry Stewart…nice try. He should be fired right along with Ross.

Neither one will be.

Jaibones on July 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM

We are witnessing the fall of the MSM. They are losing credibility and it is starting to call into question all of their reporting.

weaselyone on July 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM.

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Weasel what took you so long? MSM flatlined about 4 years ago.

diogenes on July 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Brian Ross, Dan Rather, NY Times ,the Liar Obama,…What’s the difference?? They all make up stuff to brainwash the public into their Communist dogma!! No news here!!

Marco on July 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Yes, George Steffy said nothing. But where’s the show’s producer in all of this? He’s the one that gave Ross the thumbs-up to inject it into the narrative.

John the Libertarian on July 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Right.

Ross is likely just a headline whore, but Stephanopoulos is a Dem operative being given cover by ABC. He is, however, supposed to be a responsible journalist, not a newsjacker. The producer for GMA is Tom Cibrowski, and either he or one of his assistants gave the OK for Ross to air the smear.

All three of them as professional journalists should have known better, and I suspect they all did know better. They just saw a chance to exploit tragedy, and in the tradition of Rahm Emmanuel they decided not to let a crisis go to waste, and used it to advance their various and sundry agendas.

I’m taking NEVER in the pool. ABC isn’t going to punish anyone for this travesty.

novaculus on July 24, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I’m confused. Wasn’t it ABC that also ‘broke’ the whole that’s-my-boy-who shot-all-those-people__Gate from the faulty Mom quote?

I guess, other than that faulty quote and the Tea Party thing, it was superb coverage…they could have got the same from the local feed, tho.

socalcon on July 24, 2012 at 8:15 PM

After the Stefonolpolus scam with contraceptives during the Repub Stupid debates, why should I give him a pass now?

steveracer on July 24, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Consider this post the official launch of the Hot Air pool on when disciplinary measures will be announced.

Disciplinary measures, as in Brian Ross gets a promotion and a huge bonus for his valiant efforts to discredit the TEA Party?

RJL on July 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Disciplinary measures, as in Brian Ross gets a promotion and a huge bonus for his valiant efforts to discredit the TEA Party?

RJL on July 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Yep, lies or not, he gets high fives from his fellow liberals. They just wish they’d thought of it first.

slickwillie2001 on July 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

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