Accuracy in Media

The shooting in Aurora, Colorado earlier this morning was a tragedy, but ABC sought to make a political statement by tying the shooter to the Tea Party.

While discussing the shooting, Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos brought on Brian Ross to discuss a potentially significant discovery in the background of the shooter, James Holmes.

There is 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.

That was significant? All Ross did was search the Internet and stumbled across a Colorado Tea Party site, where there just happened to be a James Holmes listed and decided that this might be the same person as the shooter. No other background checks, just the Tea Party site. Would he have gone on the air and made such a baseless connection if he would have discovered a James Holmes, knowing nothing else about him, who was with the NAACP, Occupy Wall Street or the Democratic Party? Of course not.

After it was pointed out that Ross’ story was inaccurate, ABC issued an apology.

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.

You don’t say. The James Holmes who committed this heinous act is 24-years old, and the James Holmes on the Colorado Tea Party Patriots website is 52-years old. How does a veteran investigative reporter like Brian Ross make a mistake of this magnitude? And how did ABC allow this to happen?

Ross and ABC were just a little too overzealous in their attempt to link this murder to the Tea Party, and should be ashamed of themselves for trying to politicize what really is  a tragic incident.

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  • Fedup

    ABC is full of douchebags

  • dawgster

    These media dirtbags are beyond embarrassment.  To them,it is standard procedure to drag the Right through the mud when possible, and to protect the left at all times.

  • auzerais310

    To the MainStreamMedia, it is not simply ‘standard procedure’ to drag the Right through the mud, to them it has become nothing less than raison d’etre, their whole reason for being, their mission that elevates them to the elite class of so-called “responsible journalists”.  

  • Jacobite2

    I don’t think it’s seemly to gripe about Ross’s continuing pattern of lying on air about non-Leftists unless you’re on your way to his home to put him in the ER. Be positive.

  • ItsJo

    True, they are “another arm of the liberal Dems, and they DON’T care if Obama is DELIBERATELY taking America Down to Her Knees”


  • jaxum

     The backlash is coming and when it does they will go down with the libamorons that they support. When that happens, their last statement while they sink under the muck of their own making will be “It’s the Republican’s fault”. I wonder what lame excuse they are feeding themselves to explain the drastic reduction of their circulation. So goes circulation, so goes advertising, away goes the paper.

  • cdrsjb

    I heard about the Aurora shooting at 4am Pacific time and immediately said that the liberal news media will try to link this to conservatives, Republicans, or the Tea Party.  ABC news did not disappoint.  The knee-jerk liberal news media is all to predicable.  It will spin anything to vilify its political opponents, which includes the majority of Americans.  The liberal media has stooped so low as to routinely make unsubstantiated negative allegations against conservatives, Republicans, or the Tea Party first, then check the facts (or not).  The liberal media know that once they make that negative connection, most people do not hear the retraction.  It is a calculated strategy.  Weeks from now you will find plenty of people who think the shooter was a Tea Party member.  My opinion of the liberal media has gone from distrust to disgust. 

  • MediaSUX

    Fire His Ass!!!

  • The Major

    It must be the “Rule of the Day”  hanging on the wall in the BHOnews rooms around the USA,,,,,”If not affiliated with one of OUR great groups (all leftwing) THEN he/she MUST be with the Tea Party”  “Disobey rule #1,,,lose your job.  Rule #2,,,Only rule # 1 counts”

    When Stephenopoulos was in the Clinton WH ,,he developed the rep as a ‘pathological Liar’.    So,,,,this ABC diatribe must be more of the Dem WH code of  “One LIES and the Other SWEARS to it”