What a tradgedy in Aurora, Colo. overnight. We send prayers to the families of the victims, and thank the law enforcement community rescue teams and medical staff involved with helping; they need our prayers too. Evil exists, it always has, and always will. But within hours, we have Brian Ross from ABC News finding a possible connection between the shooter and the TEA Party.
A quick search for James Holmes in Colorado provides a bunch of results. One is a dentist, another is an orthopedic surgeon. One happens to have a TEA Party connection. He created an account on the Colorado TEA Party Patriots site and promoted an upcoming lecture on global Islamic terrorism.
Brian Ross jumped the shark in what George Stephanolpoulos referred to as “something that might be significant”.
Stephanolpoulos: 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.
Stephanolpoulos: Okay, we’ll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.
News anchors and reporters have totally redefined “investigating the background” on someone. Instead of making phone calls or actually taking the time to get off their TV studio chairs and go out to the scene, they pull out their iPads, enter the persons name and regurgitate information with absolutely no verification. Brian Ross who self-describes himself as an investigative journalist found an incredibly weak connection to the TEA Party and reported on it just for the heck of it. Infuriating.