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The Usual Suspects: ABC's Ross, Stephanolpoulos Point to Tea Party in Dark Knight Shooting
Breitbart ^ | 7/20/2012 | Joel B. Pollak

Posted on 07/20/2012 8:01:30 AM PDT by blueyon

On Good Morning America, ABC News' Brian Ross and George Stephanolpoulos suggested that the Tea Party might be connected to the mass shootings early this morning in an Aurora, CO theater during a screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. The mainstream media attempted to blame the Tea Party for the Tuscon shootings in January 2011, shortly after Republicans swept the midterm elections. Now, in the critical 2012 elections, the mainstream media seems poised to do the same--and ABC News has led the way.

Here is the exchange between reporter Brian Ross and host George Stephanopoulos about apparent suspect James Holmes:

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abclibel; abcslander; agenda; aurorashooting; banglist; brianross; jamesholmes; mediabias; obama; stephanolpoulos; stephanolpoulostp; teapaprty; teaparty; teapartyshooting; typicalabclibel; typicalabcslander
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To: MrB

are we?


51 posted on 07/20/2012 8:29:01 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: blueyon

Even though it’s invariably a leftist or a lunatic. It’s clear they WANT it to be a Tea Party member. They make me sick!


52 posted on 07/20/2012 8:29:18 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: EBH

I don’t think major networks are quite as free when they have a platform such as they do, there is a HUGE responsibility with that. It is time to start forcing the news back into reporting the news and the FACTS.

They are straying more and more from the facts. Look at the Zimmerman/Martin case. I’ve had enough of the networks and their twisting and manufacturing of news. They would never speculate a Muslim did the shooting (no, I don’t think a Muslim is responsible)but they gleefully speculate about groups they do not like.


53 posted on 07/20/2012 8:29:18 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: blueyon

How desperate.


54 posted on 07/20/2012 8:29:28 AM PDT by hope
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To: blueyon

They must have read the TEA Party handbook and it’s rules for members. Rule no. 1: get a gun and shoot up a crowded movie theater. (/sarcasm) Ross, Georgieboy and the Lefties are insane and they keep proving it every day.


55 posted on 07/20/2012 8:32:21 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: blueyon

Some are saying Tea Party, some are saying Muslims, some are saying Insanity. No one knows and all should shut the hell up. Anyone who has information should come forward. Anyone who has a theory does no good by spouting off.


56 posted on 07/20/2012 8:33:16 AM PDT by rem_mitchell
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To: blueyon
Typical...

People like this need repeated ass-kickings until their head is dislodged from their rectum...

57 posted on 07/20/2012 8:34:34 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: blueyon

In the minds of the vast majority, they will remember the Tea Party accusation, and the retraction will barely be covered.


58 posted on 07/20/2012 8:35:15 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: SE Mom

Then where’d he get his PTSD?


59 posted on 07/20/2012 8:36:05 AM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Exactly!


60 posted on 07/20/2012 8:36:31 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: blueyon

“Media Morons”, proving again why they earned the title.


61 posted on 07/20/2012 8:37:31 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Government is a parasite, sucking the lifeblood out of America.)
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To: blueyon
To be fair, it seems that it was Ross, not George, who was responsible for the slimy accusation.

Hope Tea Party Holmes has a good lawyer. He is due a big settlement from ABC News.

62 posted on 07/20/2012 8:39:09 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: SE Mom

Why figure him for being insane when you can plug him into your political narrative? (Not you of course SE but reporters and others who have to leap to conclusions.)


63 posted on 07/20/2012 8:41:33 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: rem_mitchell

Isn’t it a shame?

People are dead and folks are there to rub their shirts in the blood and wave it around.

The glee on both sides to claim the other as being the force behind this is simply gross. Almost like they are happy at the chance to score political points.


64 posted on 07/20/2012 8:43:37 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: blueyon
Strange how the timing of this tragedy is so close to the UN firearms treaty signing date that is designed to confiscate US citizen's firearms.
65 posted on 07/20/2012 8:45:56 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: blueyon

I am wondering whether the elder James Homes would have a case of malice to sue those bastards at ABC, inferring that someone who is a Tea Party member is a violent extremist?

Might be worth a shot...


66 posted on 07/20/2012 8:47:42 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: skeeter
Maybe Holmes enjoys drinking tea at a party, therefore, according to the drug fueled logic, he is a teaparty member.
There isnt enough shrinks in the world to fix the mental illness the members of the left have. And you cant give them a lobotomy because they haven't any brain to spare.
Spay or neuter the buggers.
67 posted on 07/20/2012 8:50:30 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: txhurl
Then where’d he get his PTSD?

This is frustrating- we've got too many threads on this! On another thread(s) it looks as though the post from youtube may have been a troll or hoax...I posted it because it seemed intriguing- but as we know- in the early hours there are loads of rumors and lots of speculation. We'll see.

68 posted on 07/20/2012 8:50:43 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: the invisib1e hand

We’re still attempting to use the ballot box of liberty.
We haven’t concluded that that box is closed yet.

I think Roberts just closed the Jury Box of liberty.
The soap box hasn’t been very effective.
The moving box has been rendered moot by all the federal encroachment on the 10th amendment.


69 posted on 07/20/2012 8:53:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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Keep FR Running

Counter the MSM spin machine.

70 posted on 07/20/2012 8:54:57 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: blueyon

The whole point here, I’m confident, was to invent the Tea Party association regardless of its validity. For they hope the effect might be nearly as desirable as if it were true. We know this will be overtly politicized for personal gain somehow by gun-grabbing political operatives at all levels. They will coordinate their messages with the MM soon enuff, just give them time.


71 posted on 07/20/2012 8:55:29 AM PDT by Dysart (Race card is tyranny. Don't be cowed.)
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To: blueyon
This is such BS. It's time conservatives come down hard on the msm.

Destroy them!

72 posted on 07/20/2012 8:57:03 AM PDT by SMM48
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To: Yorlik803
This is the initial reaction of the MSM to these events time after time.

And time after time the charges are proven to be way off base.

Which tells me that these leftists are just hate fueled progressive ideologues who do not give a rats ass for the truth.

73 posted on 07/20/2012 8:59:15 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: liberalh8ter

I am so furious about this. I’ve sloughed it off before, it is what it is kind of thing, but no more. Who do I call/email to complain? I will do it everyday and harass the hell out of them if I have to, but this really is the last straw.


74 posted on 07/20/2012 9:00:56 AM PDT by gramho12
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To: blueyon

I’ve enjoyed reporting by Brian Ross in the past. Today it’s clear he’s a leftist prick and unreliable.


75 posted on 07/20/2012 9:07:47 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Rummyfan
How on earth does anyone make that connection?

You're obviously not a liberal/marxist/communist/democRAT.

76 posted on 07/20/2012 9:10:30 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: blueyon

The MSM’s rush to judgment is pathetic and despicable. But in this particular situation, how is Ross and Sniffanolpoulos any different then many of us? I know my first thought was that the perp was either Amish or an OWS activist even though I had absolutely no evidence whatsoever to support my theory. And even after LEO released the perps name, many of my fellow Freepers continued to insinuate that he’s Amish because LEO did not release his middle name.

Before you flame me, yes, I realize that unlike Ross and Sniffanolpoulos, we at FR are not broadcasting to an national audience with the intent to influence (as opposed to simply reporting facts) the weak and stupid and yes, I recognize that statistically, the chances of this being an Amish or OWS attack are far greater than the likelihood of this being a Tea Party attack, but still, the fact is that many of us — me included — assumed this was terrorist attack by the usual suspects before we even heard any of the details.


77 posted on 07/20/2012 9:12:43 AM PDT by Labyrinthos (RE)
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To: blueyon

Funny,

I found a Brian Ross who is a member of the Kiss Army:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/brian.ross.754

Funny what a Google search on a very common name will turn up.

Way to go - very wel cources investigative journalism.


78 posted on 07/20/2012 9:21:10 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: blueyon

Funny,

I found a Brian Ross who is a member of the Kiss Army:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/brian.ross.754

Funny what a Google search on a very common name will turn up.

Way to go - very well sourced investigative journalism.


79 posted on 07/20/2012 9:21:22 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: blueyon

Liberal elites are so predictable in their evil.

Can you imagine the outcry if every time there was a mass murder ‘the press’ would blame a black person? Or a gay person? Liberal hate and ignorance - - bottomless...


80 posted on 07/20/2012 9:21:52 AM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: nolongerademocrat
He is probably going to turn out to be a mental patient, that crosses the whole political spectrum.

Hmm, I think your evaluation of George Stephanolpoulos is spot on........

81 posted on 07/20/2012 9:22:26 AM PDT by varon
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To: blueyon

The left is having an orgy over this. They are absolutely delighted those people were killed because they can now make some political hay about it. The lefties are claiming the NRA, Rush Limbaugh, the Tea Party, and anyone who owns a gun are guilty of these killings.


82 posted on 07/20/2012 9:23:50 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Responsibility2nd

“I’m surprised. Shouldn’t they be blaming Sarah Palin?”

I expect that they will blame Rush for “firing up this right wing kook” for the last couple of days. A little pay back for outing their little plan to try and connect Bain and Bane in a way that would demonize Romney.


83 posted on 07/20/2012 9:24:01 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: skeeter

They belong in the room next to the shooter.


84 posted on 07/20/2012 9:24:24 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: blueyon
Different topic, same principle. I was flipping through cable channels and came across a show on E! (I think it is called Talk Soup?). Anyway, the host showed a reporter on FOX mentioning “Three letter word - J O B S.” We all know it was Biden who said it back when. However, the host mocked FOX and the reporter. Sure, it is E! but right now, there are sponges who won't associate the truth with the bias; then again, perhaps the host is unaware of the original remark.
85 posted on 07/20/2012 9:26:37 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: blueyon

He probably ate meat.


86 posted on 07/20/2012 9:27:11 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: blueyon
It's Obama's fault. It happened on his watch and he is responsible.
Obama and the marxists are the ones creating the polarization of the country for their benefit.
This will give in Obama the needed excuse to crack down on known terrorist groups such as the Tea Party.

First the marxists divide the people, then they incite them, then they crush them.

87 posted on 07/20/2012 9:28:00 AM PDT by oldbrowser (As long as Obama's records are sealed, any discussion of Romney's past is off limits.)
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To: Labyrinthos
You cannot compare private speculation with a network broadcasting smears nationally with an intent to politically influence.

The latter is a violation of the public trust and is immensely irresponsible and destructive.

88 posted on 07/20/2012 9:29:49 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: blueyon

Name spelled different. 30 years different in age? Sounds like a good slander suit to me and there actually are not very many of those. CNN has a deep pocket. Could be fun to watch.


89 posted on 07/20/2012 9:31:42 AM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
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To: blueyon

VIDEO: Also watch Ross’s facial expression as he seems delighted to make this statement.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/07/aurora-abc-draws-possible-tea-party-connection-129568.html


90 posted on 07/20/2012 9:31:59 AM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: skeeter

Yup. Even if it turns out he’s not a Tea Party member, the insinuation has been made. Thats what will stick in peoples minds. Mission accomplished for the left.


91 posted on 07/20/2012 9:35:16 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
Maybe then it's time to pay it back. Mitt Romney could make a statement about Fast & Furious and the administrations lies, then immediately mention this incident in Aurora in the same breath, subtlety of course. It's past time to play their game.
92 posted on 07/20/2012 9:36:16 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: blueyon

That’s what they said about the Kathy Gifford shooter, however when it turned out he was a BHO supporter, they stopped talking about it.


93 posted on 07/20/2012 9:36:16 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: blueyon

of course when it was confirmed members of the OWS planned on blowing up a bridge in Cleveland that got little mention....


94 posted on 07/20/2012 9:37:02 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Red Badger

They cannot go that far. Their lawyers have probably told them to zip it on Sarah because she is a private citizen now, not an elected official.............


Didn’t stop them from blaming her for the Giffords shooting.


95 posted on 07/20/2012 9:40:21 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

UPDATE from breitbart:

UPDATE: 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.


96 posted on 07/20/2012 9:40:48 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: chessplayer

I see they never blame Hollywood for all the violence.


97 posted on 07/20/2012 9:42:36 AM PDT by angcat (Without Valor there is no hope.)
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To: skeeter
why have there been NO pictures or history of the shooter as of yet???

does it make you wonder? and Obama going to give a news speech???? wonder if he will take questions??? he makes me LOL

98 posted on 07/20/2012 9:42:46 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: skeeter
You cannot compare private speculation with a network broadcasting smears nationally with an intent to politically influence. The latter is a violation of the public trust and is immensely irresponsible and destructive.

Read the last paragraph of my post. My point is that people from all points on the political spectrum tend to rush to judgment in a way that syncs with their mindset. Indeed, didn't FOX speculate early on that there were two attackers and that one of them is Indian or Iranian? FOX as the more conservative network slanted the story to suggest Amish terorists before it could verify the facts. ABC as a commie network slanted the story to blame the Tea Party before it could verify the facts.

The bottom line is that at this point, we really don't know anything about this guy or his motives. He could be a member of the Tea Party, an OWS activist, Amish convert, registered Democrat, Environmnetal Nazi, or crazy person without an agenda who decided to kill a lot of people.

99 posted on 07/20/2012 9:49:26 AM PDT by Labyrinthos (RE)
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To: Java4Jay
Listening to the radio now. ABC News is running audio from Obama gravely commenting on the shooting, before they report on the shooting itself.

Its clear they are again using tragedy to boost the presidents poll numbers, as they will politicize EVERY bit of news between now & November.

100 posted on 07/20/2012 9:51:10 AM PDT by skeeter
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