ABC’s Ross finds theater shooter may be connected to TEA Party

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.

27 replies
  1. Dave in EH
    Dave in EH says:

    The James Holmes arrested at the Aurora theater was 24 years old and seems to be from Denver, CO, according to a Facebook profile (a similar Facebook profile linked by a local news reporter has not been confirmed as the suspect’s profile, either). There are many people with the name “James Holmes” in the area, and the James Homes on the Tea Party website could match a James Homes from Aurora, CO who is in his fifties and therefore does not fit the description of the suspect. More evidence that Ross, Stephanolpoulos and ABC rushed to blame the Tea Party without confirmation that the suspect is also the Tea Party member.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2012/07/20/abc-links-colorado-mass-killer-tea-party#ixzz21AjWMzB3

  2. SeeingRed
    SeeingRed says:

    What insightful reporting Brian, thank you.? You’ve once again confirmed that I’d rather watch Big Bird on the rerun channel than get/trust any news from the MSM.

  3. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Don’t you just love the left and their flying monkeys in the press?? Talk about wish fulfillment!?
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    Given that all the violence, “pranks”, grafitti, assaults, stalking, abusing peoples? homes after publicly publishing their addresses, anarchy etc. are the tactics of the left, I would think that if one were going to grasp at media straws, it would be better to guess he is a lefty.? The TEA party hasn’t been proven even to be litterbugs!

  4. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    It is SO disgraceful that they immediately tried to make political capital on such a horrific, criminal act.??Ross’s sanctimonious *** ?should be summarily fired.?

  5. JBS
    JBS says:

    Shoddy, hack “news reporting”. Move over, Andrea Mitchel, you have company on the slip-shod, run-with-it, we-have-it-first, news-shaper bench. I hope the person they named has nothing to do with the heinous murders and sues ABC for invasion of privacy. These idiots want their viewers to believe being Tea Party member is subversive. Oh, I forgot, disagreeing with the Regime is unpatriotic! We live in the Obama Caliphate. To dissent is treasonous.
    No wonder that the number of viewers for the “major networks”, CNN included, is plummeting. I can’t wait for the blithering, blathering, bloviating politicians to start shaping this sad event to their partisan agendas. (Obviously more controls are needed on the psychotics but, we will hear calls for something quite different.) Every aspect of this tragedy is disgusting, in particular, the news reportage.
    Criminals kill people.

  6. SoundOffSister
    SoundOffSister says:

    Let me see if I have this right.? In his race to find the Tea Party guilty of something, anything, Brian Ross, the epitome of thorough professional journalism, accused a completely innocent person of being a mass murderer, simply because that person was a member of the Tea Party.? Why else would he mention the Tea Party?
    I think I see a law suit in the future of the defamed Mr. Holmes.
    As an aside,?I seem to remember that the Main Stream Media?initially reported that the shooter of Congresswoman Giffords was a right winger.? That turned out to be false as well.
    Is that all the left can do…try to exploit tragedy for their own political purposes?

    • stinkfoot
      stinkfoot says:

      Here’s the thing- I do recall the reporting that Ms Gifford’s would-be assassin was an extreme right winger but I have zero recollection of any recanting whatsoever… so it’s okay for the MSM to slander a political (or other) group by inventing reckless associations with it and isolated instances of violence that have been made national news?

      Funny how the afternoon news follows up updates of the Colorado tragedy with assurances that security at local theaters is being beefed up.? Is support being cultivated for a coming further erosion of our freedom under the guise of security because the establishment sees this story as a golden tragedy to be taken full advantage of?? Perhaps inconvenient political thought can be criminalized… hell, our governor thinks it’s unpatriotic.? He clearly wants us to think so.? I’m sure he wouldn’t be averse to making conservatism illegal.? I hope the defamed Mr. Holmes collects an award and Brian Ross collects unemployment.
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    • essneff
      essneff says:

      Brian Ross & Georgie Stephanolpoulous??are? first rate third rate hacks……?it goes into their diseased minds……. let’s blame talk radio, let’s blame the second amendment…… let’s use this for political advantage……. a barbaric?murderous act committed by a demented mutation is now exploited by the media for political gain….. how low can you go??

  7. PatRiot
    PatRiot says:

    My sympathies to the grieving families.
    Shame on the media.? How dare they uses other people tragedy for their own agenda!? Their credibility is dive bombing?right along with the politicians.

  8. dairyair
    dairyair says:

    OK, this is total “tin hat” time, but how’s this for a conspiracy theory–the administration staged the whole thing for more “ammo” against gun ownership…Hey, they did fast and furious, right?

  9. JBS
    JBS says:

    So, why do these clowns still have a job?
    Could it be that the Media, MSM, LSM, et al, have an agenda to discredit the Right whenever and however they can.
    I know that’s crazy talk.

  10. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I think the guruhs of our media are convinced that The Righties” are capable of absolutely anything dispicable. They are on a virtual crusade to prove themselves correct, and the crusade will not end until they “prove” it. The bloggers pesty as they are keep proving MSM wrong.

  11. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    If Ross had simply waited until more information was known, he clearly could have established links to the true culprit (because somehow blaming the shooter isn’t enough). The suspect is a Batman freak – Morgan Freeman is in Batman – Morgan Freeman has given money to pro-Obama PACs and called political opposition to Obama “racist” – Obama’s fault. The suspect couldn’t find a job – Obama’s economy – Obama’s fault. The suspect posted a sexually confused profile on Adultfriendfinder.com – Obama promotes a pro-homosexual agenda – Obama’s fault. Through Fast and Spurious. Eric Holder shipped thousands of guns to Mexico which have killed hundreds of people – Holder is unrepentant giving the impression he endorses shooting people – Holder is Obama’s right hand man – Obama’s fault. The links to the true villain are pretty easy to follow using Ross logic.
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  12. cherwin
    cherwin says:

    ABC news: the home of idiots who follow other idiots. They are so desperate to do anything that will help Obama that they can’t even see straight. What a bunch of amateur lowlifes.

  13. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    It obviously takes comediens to get the attention of Network authorities…well, that makes sense as their news is just a joke!
    ? “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.”

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