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ABC News looks for connection between Colorado shooting and Tea Party

posted at 3:45 pm on July 20, 2012 by

Some myths are all-powerful and indestructible. One that would be hilarious if it weren’t so utterly tragic is the widespread belief of the mainstream media and liberal blogosphere that any act of domestic violence must be the work of rightwing fanatics.

Dylan Byers at Politico notes that ABC News was Johnny-on-the-spot this morning regarding the tragic shooting n Aurora, Colo. The network wasted no time in attempting to connect the massacre to the Tea Party.

Brian Ross identified “a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea party site … talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes,” Ross cautioned, “but it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”

It turns out that the shooter was a different Jim Holmes and Ross issued an apology as did the station in a statement:

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.

ABC News and Brian Ross can stuff it. It never dawned on them to exercise journalistic discretion and wait before airing the piece. It also seems not to have occurred to them that their report might inflame passions on the left (yes, the left is “passionate,” meaning violence-prone, as history has demonstrated) and risk put an innocent man in harm’s way.

The report, as Byers writes, has also set off alarm bells on the right. At, Joel Pollak has accused ABC News of “scapegoating”:

How interesting that Ross and ABC News should think to look to the Tea Party website first—and to broadcast politically volatile information without verifying if that ‘Jim Holmes’ is the same as the suspect.

Interesting indeed. At least the mainstream media isn’t fighting as hard against the claim they are guilty of a left-leaning bias in their reportage. Yeah, right!

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WaPo slams ABC for journalistic malpractice. Check out the link at RCP or just go to the WaPo web site. This one was over the top and WaPo is fast to point it out. Perhaps there is hope.

Grinch on July 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Doesn’t matter the damage is done…it is the charge that matters.

tomas on July 20, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I do not buy for one second that this little incident on GMA was a “mistake”, or just “sloppy journalism”.

No way no how.

It was an intentional smear, just like Arizona and Sarah Palin.

It just fell apart and blew up in their faces much more quickly this time.

Have no illusions, this was an ATTACK, and a deliberate one.

Brian1972 on July 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM

ABC News and Brian Ross can stuff it.

hear hear

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

ABC News and Brian Ross can stuff it pay Jim Holmes for slander.

My preference.

JimLennon on July 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I’m surprised NBC didn’t jump on the bandwagon. Maybe they were too busy rigging another truck to explode on Dateline.

JimLennon on July 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

These people are desperate to try and pin something on the Tea Party. This kind of intentional smear is becoming almost predictable.

TarheelBen on July 20, 2012 at 7:48 PM

If the “Batman Shooter” was a Muslim, ABC wouldn’t report THAT in a million years.

VastRightWingConspirator on July 20, 2012 at 8:45 PM

And here I’ve been thinking ABC was improving. They seemed to be engaged in somewhat less worship of That One than their esteemed colleagues at other lsm outlets. Too bad they’re regressing.

Mr. Prodigy on July 20, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Fire Ross..

Make an example of deliberately attempting to plant a narrative smearing an innocent man, and an innocent movement.

There are lefty nitwits out there who will repeat the first lie endlessly and ignore the apology, they always do that,…

mark81150 on July 21, 2012 at 4:07 AM

ABC News and Brian Ross can stuff it.

The most cogent response available.

Richard Jewel, part II.

Journalism scum.

itsspideyman on July 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

ABC News and Brian Ross can stuff it. It never dawned on them to exercise journalistic discretion and wait before airing the piece.

Of course not. It fit an already written story they all desperately wanted to report — a story that only needed to have the blanks filled in with a few names and nouns.

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in the newsroom to see the look on their faces when Ross “discovered” what he desperately wanted to report. Imagine the scene in the newsroom as Ross proudly announced his “research” had revealed “He is a Tea Party member!”

These people are not journalists. They are hacks and political propagandists.

farsighted on July 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Still waiting to hear Dylan Byers and the rest of the Hypocriticos discuss the fact that the Murderer is an OWS San Diego OCCUTARD!

I’m sure ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and the rest of the OCCUTARD water carriers will be doing an expose in no time.:0O>

God Bless America!

paratisi on July 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

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