Stewart: So what does a guy have to do to get fired at ABC?

posted at 10:41 am on July 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

That’s a very good question, and one that — so far — ABC News hasn’t answered. Brian Ross went to air within hours of the Aurora shooting to tell George Stephanopoulos and the Good Morning America audience on Friday morning that Ross had found something “significant” about the suspect.

Stephanopoulos: I’m going to go to Brian Ross. You’ve been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You found something that might be significant.

Ross: There’s a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.

Stephanopoulos: Okay, we’ll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.

Apparently, Ross had performed an overwhelming amount of research into this report, which consisted of … looking on Tea Party sites for “James Holmes” or a derivative. Never mind that the phone book lists more than 30 such entries for the Aurora and Denver areas — Ross had found a connection between gun violence and the Tea Party! Pulitzers awaited! There was only one inconvenient fact standing in the way of Ross’ immortalization into the Hall of Shame Fame, which was that the Tea Party activist was not the man who killed and wounded dozens of people in the theater. The Holmes listed on the Tea Party site was in fact a middle-aged former law-enforcement officer.

Jon Stewart wonders aloud what someone has to do to get fired at ABC:

Well, Jon, I hate to tell you this, but this kind of reporting — while appalling — is nothing new. Gabriel Malor put together a list of famous conclusion jumps from the media about supposed Tea Party involvement in gun violence that later turned out to be just as solid as Ross’ reporting:

* September 2009: The discovery of hanged census-taker Bill Sparkman in rural Kentucky fueled media speculation that he’d been killed by anti-government Tea Partiers. In fact, he’d killed himself and staged his corpse to look like a homicide so his family could collect on life insurance.

* February 2010: Joe Stack flew his small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. The media immediately suggested that the anti-tax rhetoric of the Tea Party led to the attack. In fact, Stack’s suicide note quoted the Communist Manifesto.

* That same month, a professor at the University of Alabama, Amy Bishop, shot and killed three colleagues at a faculty meeting. The gun-loving Tea Party came under immediate suspicion. But Bishop was a lifelong Democrat and Obama donor.

* March 2010: John Patrick Bedell shot two Pentagon security officers at close range. The media went wild with speculation that a right-wing extremist had reached the end of his rope. Bedell turned out to be a registered Democrat and 9/11 Truther.

* May 2010: New York authorities disarmed a massive car bomb in Times Square. Mayor Bloomberg immediately speculated that the bomber was someone upset about the president’s new health-care law. The media trumpeted the idea that crazed conservatives had (again, they implied) turned to violence. In fact, the perp was Faisal Shahzad, an Islamic extremist.

There’s more, including the case of Jared Loughner and the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson and the media’s rush to blame … Sarah Palin.  Until Gabriel started floating this list yesterday, I’d forgotten about some of these.  Keep the link and the list handy, because Ross’ rush to smear the Tea Party won’t be the last entry on it.

That brings us back to our original question.  Just what does a reporter have to do to get fired from ABC News?  So far, it doesn’t look like spreading false and malicious rumors on air in order to tie an innocent and legitimate political movement to a massacre meets the criteria.

Update: Deacon Greg Kandra notes that  Ross’ report wasn’t the only facepalm moment for the media in this incident.  It’s a good reminder that speculation in the absence of fact usually embarrasses the person speculating in short order.

Update II: Mickey Kaus wonders whether ABC might be protecting itself from acknowledging malfeasance by keeping Ross on board, just in case they get sued.  I’m not sure, but wouldn’t ABC have a better case to argue absence of malice if they fired Ross rather than kept him?


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I’m actually glad Stewart did this piece. You have no idea how many liberals here at work think I’m making up the Tea Party smear. Now that John Stewart said it, it really happened in their world. Today will be interesting.

Washington Nearsider on July 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

It’s funny when people say you can’t trust that source of information, because it’s a blog, not a normal news source.

Oil Can on July 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Brian Ross pointing out that Holmes is a registered Democrat, that would be just silly …

… yeah, politics had nothing to do with this guy’s mental snap.

Lawrence on July 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Little stephie is behind it and he is the one who should get it in the neck or behind or wherever.

Bambi on July 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

“But hey, no harm, no foul, right? Except… HAAAAARM!”

Nice work, Jon. I know you’re reading this. ;-)

Abby Adams on July 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I mean, seriously, politics had nothing do to with this tragedy. Ross’s efforts to try and make it about politics just add to the tragedy.

Lawrence on July 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Saying something politically incorrect worked for Juan Williams at NPR. If they speculated about OWS or Islamists, they’d be gone.

WhatNot on July 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Who actually watches the MSM for news anymore? We made every effort to avoid all the network news and Fox this past weekend. It must suck to have to wake up every day and be in overdrive to hype crap everyday.

DanMan on July 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Piers Morgan was fired in disgrace from the UK Daily Mirror when he knowingly publishing fabricated pictures of British troops torturing Iraqis…and now has a prime time gig on CNN…

It was one of many ‘fake but accurate’ stories leftist journalists ran about the war.

CorporatePiggy on July 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Just what does a reporter have to do to get fired from ABC News?

Insult Michelle Obama.

Curtiss on July 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

publishing published.

CorporatePiggy on July 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Show Obama in a bad light.

meci on July 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

…the Tea Party has no defamation lawyers I guess…when such a pattern is so glaring?…this is not a poitical party…but the ‘free press’…and a business.
Good on Stewart for once.

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Piers Morgan was fired in disgrace from the UK Daily Mirror when he knowingly publishing fabricated pictures of British troops torturing Iraqis…and now has a prime time gig on CNN…

It was one of many ‘fake but accurate’ stories leftist journalists ran about the war.

CorporatePiggy on July 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Hey, it’s perfectly fitting that he ended up at CNN. After all, that “news organization” had its CEO resign in disgrace after he fabricated a Fake Story about American soldiers killing Iraqi journalists.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

ABC sounds like it equates to federal civilian employment. You never get fired.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Maybe we should send a drone over to his house?

After all we’ve got agencies by the hundreds applying for permits……what’s a little drone in Rosses neighborhood?

PappyD61 on July 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I don’t think Ross will be fired, it would set a dangerous precedent.

There’s accountability in attacking Conservatives.

Speakup on July 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I find a lot of what Stewart does and says on his show offensive…but I gotta agree with on this. Also, Stephapoulous has no business anchoring a news show when he was hack for Bill Clinton’s campaign.

terryannonline on July 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Stewart is a foul-mouthed, amoral, egocentric, blowhard buffoon. But, amazingly, even buffoonish broken clocks are right once in a while. As Washington Nearsider points out, the sad fact is that such buffoons are often the only “news” that many people get.

KS Rex on July 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

George Stephy knew exactly what was coming up from Ross. In fact he teased it at the top of the hour.

Where’s Michael Ramirez’s cartoon of Stephy? “I and ABC would like to apologize. We apologize the Tea Party was not involved with the killer.”

Marcus on July 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I find a lot of Stewart says and does offensive but I agree with him on this. Also, Stephanopoulos has no business anchoring a NEWS show when he worked on Clinton’s campaign.

terryannonline on July 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Mickey Kaus wonders whether ABC might be protecting itself from acknowledging malfeasance by keeping Ross on board, just in case they get sued. I’m not sure, but wouldn’t ABC have a better case to argue absence of malice if they fired Ross rather than kept him?

Anyone know if the Jim Holmes who was smeared by Brian Ross is considering bringing a lawsuit against ABCNews? Lord knows dude has a helluva good case and would likely get a fat settlement.

Doughboy on July 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Stephapoopalos certainly knew what Ross was going to say. Both should be flushed down the toilet of history.

50sGuy on July 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

These organizations used to have at least a pretense of shame.

When the Tailwind Scandal blew up in CNN’s face around 1998, in which they alleged that the US had used sarin gas on a Laotian village during the Vietnam War, they fired several producers and reprimanded reporter Peter Arnett, who had been one of the network’s big faces for his reporting during the first Gulf War.

That story at least had SOME reporting involved, however shoddy.

teke184 on July 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

What does a guy have to do to get fired at ABC? Simple! Show this chart on national TV:

http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/4e91f51feab8ea606f00000d/unemployment-rate-obama-stimulus.jpg

Browncoatone on July 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Piers Morgan was fired in disgrace from the UK Daily Mirror when he knowingly publishing fabricated pictures of British troops torturing Iraqis…and now has a prime time gig on CNN…

It was one of many ‘fake but accurate’ stories leftist journalists ran about the war.

CorporatePiggy on July 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

…I think that is the resume inhancement required nowadays, to be able to apply for the MSM in this country… and actually get an interview for a job.

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Stephapoopalos certainly knew what Ross was going to say. Both should be flushed down the toilet of history.

50sGuy on July 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Agreed.

terryannonline on July 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Like what Rush said yesterday on his radio show, George was HOPING AND PRAYING that this was ANOTHER O.K. city bombing.

BroncosRock on July 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The liberal MSM, like liberal politicians – “Fake but accurate”.

GarandFan on July 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

About once every six weeks, you just got to love Jon Stewart.

Wallythedog on July 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The Holmes listed on the Tea Party site was in fact a middle-aged former law-enforcement officer.

Not sure but one story I saw was that Holmes (the officer) was Hispanic. Could Ross be guilty of a hate crime? Maligning a person of minority status?

Herb on July 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Brian Ross: Too big to fail?

ted c on July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

One thing that seems to have gone unnoticed is that George Stephanopolous refers to the “investigation of the background of Jim Holmes.” In the hours after the shooting, what evidence did he find that James Holmes went by “Jim”? I’d be willing to bet none; it seems more likely that, in order to fit in with Ross’s significant finding, Stephanopolous began casually referring to the suspect as Jim Holmes instead of James Holmes, which tells me Stephanopolous was aware of what was going on, as well.

kclibby on July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

So if a guy named Smith or Jones or some other common name goes on a shooting rampage, Brian Ross will Google all the Smiths or Joneses in the Tea Party? Why not Google all the Jim Holmeses in the Occupy movement?

When will these reporters learn to let the POLICE do their jobs, and bring murderers to justice regardless of their political views? Meanwhile, Bill Ayers is just a guy in Barack Obama’s neighborhood…

Steve Z on July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

That same month, a professor at the University of Alabama, Amy Bishop, shot and killed three colleagues at a faculty meeting. The gun-loving Tea Party came under immediate suspicion. But Bishop was a lifelong Democrat and Obama donor.

Amy Bishop was a professor at UAH not UA.

batterup on July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I’m actually glad Stewart did this piece. You have no idea how many liberals here at work think I’m making up the Tea Party smear. Now that John Stewart said it, it really happened in their world. Today will be interesting.

Washington Nearsider on July 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I’ve actually seen a few wesites/blogs run by non-moonbat liberals who, like Stewart & his crew, realized this was such a face-palm moment by Ross and ABC there was no way to rationalize it off as some casual mistake (probably because it involved ABC singling out a specific person as the possible killer, and wasn’t just a broadside at the ‘violent’ Tea Party in general).

However, despite what the Daily Show did Monday, there’s still a large contingent on the left who will — if not defend Ross and ABC for their slanderous faux pas — go out of their way not to admit this is part of a pattern of media bias against the Tea Party, and will quickly try to change the subject to something along the lines of blaming the NRA, Rush Limbaugh or Fox News and its viewers Second Amendment beliefs for the shootings (and some of those people host shows on CNN and MSNBC).

jon1979 on July 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Possibly a member of the TP, huh? Ross might as well have reported a possible connection with the Rotary Club, it carries about as much significance.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

About once every six weeks, you just got to love Jon Stewart.

Wallythedog on July 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Frankly I find it highly offensive when he does stuff like this.

Oh and I’m not particularly fond of when Stewart tells Romney “F-you!”

terryannonline on July 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

We, the undersigned, call on ABC News to fire Investigative Reporter Brian Ross for failing to uphold journalistic integrity and for reporting information that was blatantly in error in regard to the perpetrator of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Sign the Petition

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Jon Stewart wonders aloud what someone has to do to get fired at ABC

Three ideas:

1. Look straight into the camera and say “That Mitt Romney makes a really good point.”

2. Suggest that ABC should start using a current picture that (accurately) shows Trayvon Martin as a tatted-up street thug and not a twelve-year-old.

3. Admit that the Fort Hood shooting was carried out by a Muslim extremist.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

One article I stumbled on (no link) indicated there was some concern on ABC’s part with a lawsuit from the innocent Jim Holmes. Firing Ross now, they argued, would add to their liability. ABC may be waiting to settle this potential legal issue before turning him loose. One could hope for ABC to act with class and accountability first, but that may be too much to ask.

STL_Vet on July 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

In case you missed it, Glenn Beck “point[ed] out the absurdity of Ross’s actions by doing some Googling and finding crimes in which someone named “Brian Ross” was mentioned.” (link)

KS Rex on July 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

That same month, a professor at the University of Alabama, Amy Bishop, shot and killed three colleagues at a faculty meeting. The gun-loving Tea Party came under immediate suspicion. But Bishop was a lifelong Democrat and Obama donor.

Amy Bishop was a professor at UAH not UA.

batterup on July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

She’s in the news as we speak-apparently she wants the taxpayers to pay for her defense.

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2012/07/state_supreme_court_again_says.html

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

What does it take to get fired at ABC?

Reporting the truth, the facts, without embellishment…

Or, be an avowed Christian.

coldwarrior on July 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Let’s start a campaign. “STUFF THE PIE HOLE-FIRE BRIAN ROSS”.

gracie on July 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Firing Ross now, they argued, would add to their liability.

I’m not sure I get this idea. Does that mean ABC thinks they are less liable if they pretend that Ross vetted his accusation instead of simply trolling Tea Party sites for the name Jim Holmes?

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Meanwhile, when will the Uncaped Soda Crusader of New York, Hizzoner Mike Bloomberg, wake up and realize that Batman movies are dangerous, beyond the consumption of oversize sugary soft drinks in the theaters? People could DIE watching a Batman movie!

When will Batman be banned from Gotham? /sarc

Steve Z on July 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

It seems like with every year Stewart ages, he takes a more and more critical look at the people on his side.

Huh.

MadisonConservative on July 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I refer you all back to this.

ABC’s Criminal Maleficence.

SWalker on July 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

When is the media going to condemn high capacity pick up trucks?

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Remember when there were journalists who actually cared about the facts?

For those too young to remember him, Frank Reynolds was a long-time Washington correspondent for ABC News.

He also anchored or co-anchored ABC’s evening newscast in two different eras, first in the late 1960′s and then from 1978 until his death in 1983.

On March 30, 1981, Frank Reynolds was on duty when news came in that President Reagan had been shot and wounded in an assassination attempt. Three others were wounded, including White House Press Secretary James Brady. There had been initial reports that Brady had died in the shooting. All of the networks, including ABC reported that information. It turned out to be wrong. Brady had survived the shooting, but would be paralyzed for the rest of his life.

In a very human and emotional moment, a frustrated Frank Reynolds, on the air, turned to his ABC News colleagues and shouted “Let’s get it nailed down….. Let’s get it right.”

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM

she wants the taxpayers to pay for her defense

Amy Bishop – sick chick for a long time. Killed her teenage brother years ago, too and got away with it. Shot him…peed off … jealous of him. Parents covered for her.

gracie on July 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM

terryannonline on July 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Gee. Bill Donohue is whining again. Alert the internet.

MadisonConservative on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What’s ironic is that if the Tea Party really did have a history of committing acts of violence, the MSM would be giving these stories as much coverage as Watergate and the assassination of JFK, which would no doubt lead to the awarding of many Pulitzer prizes.

The fact that they don’t have any such stories to constantly refer back to when they try to portray the Tea Party as violent is the most glaring piece of evidence of their bias.

ardenenoch on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

None of this is good, but it is trivial compared to what our federal government did to Japanese-Americans in the years of world war one. They were rounded up by miltary and put in concentration camps at least one of which consisted of flimsy barracks out in a dusty desert.

burt on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Brian Ross: Too big thick to fail?

ted c on July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

fify

Valkyriepundit on July 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Stephapoopalos certainly knew what Ross was going to say. Both should be flushed down the toilet of history.

50sGuy on July 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Yes, all “lead in questions” are well rehearsed as if to make the field reporter sound like they have vast knowledge of the subject.

It is always a set up and George and the rest of ABC knew exactly what was going on.

Destroy a man’s life for some headlines…disgusting perverted journalistic animals…

right2bright on July 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

burt on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Two.

coldwarrior on July 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Brian Ross pointing out that Holmes is a registered Democrat, that would be just silly …

Lawrence on July 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Breitbart reported that Holmes is a registered Democrat, but they too had the wrong James Holmes and had to walk it back.

AngusMc on July 24, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I’m actually glad Stewart did this piece. You have no idea how many liberals here at work think I’m making up the Tea Party smear. Now that John Stewart said it, it really happened in their world. Today will be interesting.
Washington Nearsider on July 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

They’ll still think you were wrong, because this didn’t become true UNTIL they heard it from what they consider an authoritative source. In their minds, it’s true now; it wasn’t true then.

Your thinking is linear and rational. Don’t ever expect liberals to see the world the way that you do. Their thinking is subjective, not objective. People who experience the world only in terms of their own feelings can’t possibly comprehend the concept of an immutable timeline.

A rational human constantly makes the effort to BE right — which means occasionally acknowledging error.

A liberal sees the world from the opposite point of view — the subjective. He desperately wants to FEEL right at all times. That means always agreeing with the perceived consensus. When that changes, the liberal’s world changes.

Yesterday, you disagreed with the perceived concensus, and were therefore “wrong.” Today, you’re finally agreeing with the perceived concensus. Ergo, in the mind of the liberals, YOU are the one who is slow on the uptake.

Basically liberals see everything in the world as fashion, including things that can – and very often do – kill people.

logis on July 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM

None of this is good, but it is trivial compared to what our federal government did to Japanese-Americans in the years of world war one. They were rounded up by miltary and put in concentration camps at least one of which consisted of flimsy barracks out in a dusty desert.

burt on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Nothing compared to what the Japanese did to our prisonors of war, nothing compared to what Attila the Hun did, nothing compared to…what the heck are you talking about?
What in God’s name is what you posted have anything to do with this, in 2012…good grief, are you equating WWII to this? Really?
It amazes me the stupidity that flows from people like you, and you don’t even seem to see it…simply amazing, hey, look what we did to the Indians…look what the Aztec’s did to…

right2bright on July 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Just another stellar anti-Tea Party moment for the LSM…

Khun Joe on July 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

So what does a guy have to do to get fired at ABC?

Be a member of the Tea Party.

Bmore on July 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Strangely, we have not yet heard what party Holmes was registered with, or even that he was not a registered member of any party, despite his political affiliation being of critical nationwide importance to ABC in the hours immediately after the crime.

Well, when the political affiiation of a miscreant suddenly becomes irrelevant, you know what that means, don’t you kids?!!

IT’S TIME TO PLAY… N A M E. T H A T. P A R T Y. !!

drunyan8315 on July 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

GOP leaders and pundits: “Smear us again. And again”

I am ashamed of all of them.

Fire Brian Ross.

faraway on July 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

When is the media going to condemn high capacity pick up trucks?

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I’m wondering how the hell they got 23 people in one truck.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Stewart: So what does a guy have to do to get fired at ABC?

Telling the Truth will usually do it Jon. Especially if you tell the Truth about, Barack Obama or the Democrats.

SWalker on July 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Gee. Bill Donohue is whining again. Alert the internet.

MadisonConservative on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Look what Jon Stewart teams was disgusting and offensive. I think any Christian has the right to speak up such disgusting stuff. I’m sorry just because I live in free speech country doesn’t mean I have to politely sit back why indecent and immoral people propagate such grotesque stuff.

I guess I’m just suppose to be a good Christian girl and say nothing while others defame my faith.

terryannonline on July 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

None of this is good, but it is trivial compared to what our federal government did to Japanese-Americans in the years of world war one. They were rounded up by miltary and put in concentration camps at least one of which consisted of flimsy barracks out in a dusty desert.

burt on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

WWI?

Beyond that, how do you make a comparison between what the federal government did to Japanese Americans living on the West Coast in the 1940s and bad reporting in 2012? It’s like saying that the Aurora shooting was bad but pales in comparison with the Lincoln assassination.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Stephapoopalos certainly knew what Ross was going to say. Both should be flushed down the toilet of history.

50sGuy on July 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Mr. Duh and I were discussing this earlier today. We both came to the consensus that ABC News started circling the drain with greater velocity once Georgie S. came on board.

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Crazy!

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Jon Stewart wonders aloud what someone has to do to get fired at ABC

Question Barack Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen”?

Wonder how a mediocre student and admitted pothead from Occidental College was able to transfer into Ivy League Columbia University?

Point out that Barack Obama was both a legacy and Aff*rmative Act*on admission at Harvard Law?

Mention that Obama launched his political career in the living room of terrorist criminals Ayers and Dohrn, and was a dues-paying member of the Socialist New Party in Chicago?

Discuss the unethical and illegal deal in which Obama supporter and convicted felon Tony Rezko “helped” Obama buy his Chicago house, and gave him the adjoining lot?

Report the truth about any aspect of Obama’s numerous failures as president?

AZCoyote on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Just guessing, but I think burt meant to put that comment on the Feinstein thread.

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Who actually watches the MSM for news anymore?
DanMan on July 24, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The elderly primarily. They still believe in the Cronkite, Rather, Jennings myth of straight news reporting.

FireBlogger on July 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

It’s pretty bad when even Stewart is saying you’ve jumped the shark. It’s beyond me why anyone gives any of these guys any credibility at all. If any of the major news organizations told me it was raining I wouldn’t believe it until I verified it for myself.

kbTexan on July 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Just guessing, but I think burt meant to put that comment on the Feinstein thread.

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM

That would make a little more sense but it still is a bad comparison. It is drawing some sort of moral equivelency between internment of Japanese Americans (an act later acknowledged as wrong) with the leaking of classified information for political purposes. There is no relevant connection between the two situations.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

When you have lost Jon Stewart…

Liam on July 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The media constantly associates the Tea Party for these crimes when there’s no precedent for such acts yet OWS has hundreds of documented acts of violence and criminal behavior and they get a pass. What media bias indeed….

Yakko77 on July 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I find a lot of what Stewart does and says on his show offensive…but I gotta agree with on this.

terryannonline on July 24, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Broken clocks and blind squirrels come to mind.

UltimateBob on July 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

When is the media going to condemn high capacity pick up trucks?

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Never. They’d first have to report that the truck was being used to transport dozens of illegal aliens across the border (a common occurrence down here), and they’re not about to go there. The official line from the MSM/Obama Administration is that the border is secure and illegal immigration is no longer a problem.

BTW, many of the survivors of that accident were seriously injured, and have been transported to local hospitals where they will be treated, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, at a cost of probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars.

AZCoyote on July 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It seems like with every year Stewart ages, he takes a more and more critical look at the people on his side.

Huh.

MadisonConservative on July 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

No, I dont think so. Thats merely tactical. Stewart criticizes his fellow lefties from time to time to legitimise his typically progressive oh-Im-no-ideologue-Im-just-interested-in-common-sense-and-decency-shtick (“Rally to restore Sanity”). He takes on the left on stuff people outside the MSNBC bubble wouldnt believe anyway, so he can advocate more substantial far left ideas (he is an avowed socialist) with more credibility.

Valkyriepundit on July 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The elderly primarily. They still believe in the Cronkite, Rather, Jennings myth of straight news reporting.

FireBlogger on July 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Sadly, my parents and in-laws still watch and believe everything.

faraway on July 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Yes, a bad mistake.
But aside from Ross jumping the gun here –
consider there were also rushed rumors from the right/Tea Party blogs that the guy was OWS connected.
Free Republic ran with that b.s. more vigorously than Ross’ one b.s. remark.
This seems to be the most important issue related to this tragedy for so many of you.
There are some real victims.
Both ABC and Free Republic acknowledged their error and apologized.
Move on.

verbaluce on July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Thanks so much for providing the link!!

Back to comments…

Hello all!!

Scrumpy on July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

About once every six weeks, you just got to love Jon Stewart.

Wallythedog on July 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Especially because it carries so much more weight when it comes from him. I can’t imagine I’ll ever be a fan, but it’s nice when he goes into non partisan mode, however briefly.

Esthier on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

drunyan8315 on July 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

According to this post over at Jammie Wearing Fools, Holmes claimed to have “middle-of-the-road” political views.

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I guess nobody at Hot Air watches BOR’s Factor.

I was flipping channels last night after 11, and I caught a segment in the rerun of last night’s show. It was a Bernie Goldberg segment on Brian Ross. I thought, “This should be good.”

Although they played the videoclip showing Ross was way off and Goldberg actually “tried” to criticize Ross, O’Reilly completely covered for Ross. I was stunned. I realize that BOR has Ross on The Factor on occasion, but his obsequiousness was unbelievable. I think Ed should see if he can find video of the segment and add it as an update. Both BOR and Goldberg fell all over themselves to highlight what an outstanding reporter Ross is. And in the end, they just dismissed the incident as a bit of an aberration in which Ross was innocently trying to outscoop others.

Until now, I thought BOR was a mere bloviator. Now, I think he’s a lying sack. I guess he covered for Ross so that he’ll still get invited on Lettermann, the View, GMA, and the like.

BuckeyeSam on July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Yes, a bad mistake.
But aside from Ross jumping the gun here –
consider there were also rushed rumors from the right/Tea Party blogs that the guy was OWS connected.
Free Republic ran with that b.s. more vigorously than Ross’ one b.s. remark.
This seems to be the most important issue related to this tragedy for so many of you.
There are some real victims.
Both ABC and Free Republic acknowledged their error and apologized.
Move on.

verbaluce on July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

You’re really going to run with all that, and stand on it?

Liam on July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Liam on July 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

They haven’t lost him, it’s just a short inconsequential detour on Crazy Highway.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

It seems like with every year Stewart ages, he takes a more and more critical look at the people on his side.

Huh.

MadisonConservative on July 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

At this rate, he might actually be considered a clear-thinking Conservative when he reaches about 6,000 years of age.

UltimateBob on July 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Thats merely tactical. Stewart criticizes his fellow lefties from time to time to legitimise his typically progressive oh-Im-no-ideologue-Im-just-interested-in-common-sense-and-decency-shtick (“Rally to restore Sanity”)

LOL! Jon Stewart lecturing on decency in politics is like Brian Ross lecturing on journalistic ethics. Jon Stewart has no decency, Brian Ross has no journalistic ethics.

terryannonline on July 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

AZCoyote on July 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Thank God for Obamacare.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

verbaluce on July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

So now you’re comparing a blog to Network News? Yeah, they’re totally the same, and of course, suggesting that OWS might be involved is EXACTLY THE SAME as directly naming an innocent bystander as a mass murderer.

Esthier on July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

verbaluce on July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

ABC News and Free Republic are equivalent media outlets?

Gimme a break. I’ll dwell on this a while longer. Feel free to move on.

BuckeyeSam on July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM

ust what does a reporter have to do to get fired from ABC News?

Say something complimentary about the Tea Party.

Scriptor on July 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

verbaluce on July 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM

All references to that here were shot down (so to speak) PQD. Big difference between a few commenters and a nationally recognized award winning news organization, don’t you think?

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

They haven’t lost him, it’s just a short inconsequential detour on Crazy Highway.

Cindy Munford on July 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I know, Lady Cynthia. I don’t expect liberals to change unless they get mugged.

But it is funny to me, that one liblet did something so foul that another icon of liberalism skewers it.

It’s almost like a snake eating its tail.

Liam on July 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Until now, I thought BOR was a mere bloviator. Now, I think he’s a lying sack. I guess he covered for Ross so that he’ll still get invited on Lettermann, the View, GMA, and the like.

BuckeyeSam on July 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I agree. Do you (as I do) get the feeling that down deep it really bothers BOR that he can’t get the left to like him?

50sGuy on July 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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