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ABC News apologizes for 'incorrect' Tea party report
Politico ^ | July 20, 2012 | Dylan Byers

Posted on 07/20/2012 10:24:18 AM PDT by God luvs America

Edited on 07/20/2012 10:28:14 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

ABC News and Brian Ross are apologizing for an "incorrect" report that James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater shooting, may have had connections to the Tea Party.

"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 said in a statement. "ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted."

In a similar statement released minutes earlier, ABC News said the report was "incorrect" but, rather than apologize, wrote: "Several other local residents with similar names were also contacted via social media by members of the public who mistook them for the suspect." The statement appeared at first to be an attempt byt the network to abdicate responsibility for the report.

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KEYWORDS: abc; abcnews; aurorashooting; banglist; batmanshooting; brianross; enemedia; jamesholmes; jimholmes; liars; mediabias; mediamalpractice; teaparty; teapartyshooter
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To: Izzy Dunne

Having recently talked to a liberal I would say that their brains were engaged but that their brains are whacked. It probably was purposeful but they really believe it.


101 posted on 07/20/2012 11:21:23 AM PDT by tiki
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To: oldbrowser
What I take away from this is that the MSM is scared to death of the Tea Party. These cowards know they are lying and fear that the Tea Party might go vigilante on them.

And that's what's so odd about their bias in general. The Left has shown, again and again, that they have a taste for violence - and yet, they're forgiven. The MSM crew has absolutely no fear of them, regardless of how violent they really are.

But the Tea Party? Regardless of how violent it isn't - heck, they even clean up after themselves when protesting - the MSM and liberals show a clear pattern of fear. A calm and rational non-conservative would write off the spirited rhetoric as people just sounding off, given that the strong words do not lead to any violent incidents.

You've latched on to something, all right. They know what they do, and they fear payback. Else, they're just exhibiting the kind of paranoia that springs from a guilty conscience.

102 posted on 07/20/2012 11:23:17 AM PDT by danielmryan
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To: ronnie raygun

I’ve seen it a thousand times. The charge is made in huge print on page A1 and the retraction is on page D34.


103 posted on 07/20/2012 11:23:42 AM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Fast & Furious: Proof the Government should not have access to guns)
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To: Impala64ssa

“Be sure your brains are engaged before putting your mouths in gear.”

This is done on purpose. When’s the last time you’ve seen a report of some violence that ID’d the suspect as a left wing looney or a OWSer......???? It is always a “right wingnut” or TPA with a retraction days later on page 23. The bias is obvious, especially if they can spin their “mistake” later into something innocent.....Uh Huh....yeah.....right.....


104 posted on 07/20/2012 11:25:31 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Walmartian
Brian Ross is a pedophile sex offender, you don't say?

I wonder if ABC News knows this?

105 posted on 07/20/2012 11:26:26 AM PDT by blam
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To: God luvs America

“Rush to Judgement” syndrome.


106 posted on 07/20/2012 11:27:51 AM PDT by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: God luvs America

If Breitbart’s researched information is is declared accurate and true then Colorado Tea Party should not sue ABC if if if ABC agrees to add the words “a registered Democrat” after the shooters name every time it is mentioned on the air on ABC.


107 posted on 07/20/2012 11:31:30 AM PDT by HChampagne
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To: God luvs America

For those who are getting upset, I wouldn’t get too overworked about this.

As long as the press continues this behaviour, it only speeds up their death spiral


108 posted on 07/20/2012 11:37:25 AM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: God luvs America

Have ANY of the ‘mistakes’ made by the MSM ever be ones where liberals were trashed? It’s a pattern with news organizations - ‘mistakes’ are always against conservatives.

I don’t believe you ABC - I don’t believe it was a mistake.


109 posted on 07/20/2012 11:38:09 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: SandyInSeattle

About the only ones listening to Big Media are talk radio producers who catch it and immediately get it on the air.

Glenn Beck hit the story right away this morning.

But they still keep trying to slip garbage past us.


110 posted on 07/20/2012 11:45:19 AM PDT by DManA
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To: God luvs America

Oh, well, the Tea Party’s off the hook, but Sarah Palin is still in ABC’s crosshairs.


111 posted on 07/20/2012 11:46:40 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: CountryClassSF

Just because we want small and LIMITED government we are besmirched and impugned when a catastrophe hits. I for one am sick of it and this will not stand. The members of the Tea Party (and no card is required) should INUNDATE ABC and DISNEY with e-mails, calls and other means of communication including the refusal to spend money at the Mice Hovels until this type of abhorrent behavior on the part of “journalists” is repudiated and Mr. Ross is FIRED along with every producer responsible.


112 posted on 07/20/2012 11:47:21 AM PDT by Shady (There is no separation of powers..they want to ace the people out...)
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To: God luvs America
amazing how fast they could “use investigative journalism” and find this out, yet no attempt to confirm...

birth records
college transcripts
ssn
passport info
etc...

apologies if already noted. just needed to vent

113 posted on 07/20/2012 11:52:36 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: God luvs America

‘disseminating that information before it was properly vetted’—

Perfectly describes the ‘age of Obama’.


114 posted on 07/20/2012 11:53:15 AM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: danielmryan
They know what they do, and they fear payback

Fear the wrath of the patient man.

115 posted on 07/20/2012 11:56:43 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: submarinerswife

These “journalists” suspect to begin with that these shooters are generally, registered Democrats, Obama voters, Occupy participants, and Al Gore followers; so they are forced to GET THE LIE OUT THERE right off the bat, so the “Tea Party/Sarah Palin” are blamed immediately. They know what they’re doing by getting the lie around the world before the truth has a chance to even get its pants on.


116 posted on 07/20/2012 12:02:30 PM PDT by Twinkie (Isaiah 53)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

This will be different... this should go BIG TIME out into the media world..... This is blatant partisan hope to pin a tactical wound against half the nation... that the conservative side during an election season. George should NEVER be allowed to panel or host a debate... NEVER! He is tarred! Put this guy out there a LATINO HISPANIC TEA PARTY member...! This is the DNC’s worst nightmare!


117 posted on 07/20/2012 12:02:42 PM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: God luvs America

When someone named John Smith commits an atrocity and ABC is responsible for 50 revenge murders, are they just gonna apologize for that too?


118 posted on 07/20/2012 12:03:34 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: spawn44
ABC and the rest of the socialist democrat frauds in the MSM have an itchy finger when it comes to reporting anything negative (true or not) that it hopes will politically damage the right. When it’s determined this NUTJOB was an OCCUPIER or anti american leftist, see how fast the frauds holster their gun and pretend nothing happened.

Yep, they'll go into Sgt Schultz mode faster than you can imagine.

119 posted on 07/20/2012 12:13:50 PM PDT by Marathoner (Palin/West 2012. Yes, I'm dreaming but as Pete said to Rudy, "Dreams are what make life tolerable.")
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To: God luvs America

A nice settlement for Mr. Holmes and a nice ‘infusion’ of $100 million from ABC/DISNEY (think ‘Avengers’ box office) into assorted ‘Tea Party’ coffers just before the election should smooth things over...


120 posted on 07/20/2012 12:14:33 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: God luvs America

Yea, they only make this mistake every time there is a tragedy..


121 posted on 07/20/2012 12:16:04 PM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: God luvs America

Yea, they only make this mistake every time there is a tragedy..


122 posted on 07/20/2012 12:16:04 PM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: Marathoner

Bookmark


123 posted on 07/20/2012 12:17:07 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: God luvs America

Words can’t begin to express how sorry ABC is.

Sorry-@ssed, ABC, not apologetic.

ANYTHING to advance Hussein’s agenda at America’s expense.

FU ABC!!!!


124 posted on 07/20/2012 12:17:37 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Terry Mross

Do you have a link please.


125 posted on 07/20/2012 12:23:32 PM PDT by angcat (Without Valor there is no hope.)
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To: angcat

http://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/SC1231066/Brian-Thomas-Ross.html


126 posted on 07/20/2012 12:30:57 PM PDT by angcat (Without Valor there is no hope.)
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To: God luvs America

Easy to apologize after putting the thought in everyone’s mind!


127 posted on 07/20/2012 12:34:14 PM PDT by LUV W (Never forget...WE have THEM surrounded! ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Impala64ssa

They still think Zimmerman is guilty.


128 posted on 07/20/2012 12:36:26 PM PDT by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: God luvs America
I'm shocked! SHOCKED he was mis-identified as a Tea Partier!

Sadly something to be expected. Of course the claim is out there now and it's impossible to un-ring.

129 posted on 07/20/2012 12:46:18 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Brian Ross is a weasel.

He’s like the kind of kid you wanted to smack when you were in 3rd grade.


130 posted on 07/20/2012 12:58:11 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: God luvs America

Oh sure. Just like they didn’t put up that huge banner across the Zimmerman tape. Sorry, ABC, too many lies.


131 posted on 07/20/2012 1:20:53 PM PDT by bgill
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To: God luvs America
Scum masquerading as reporter.
132 posted on 07/20/2012 1:22:21 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's Welfare, Food Stamps, Division and Disability 'Legacy')
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To: Impala64ssa

Their peabrains are always in gear for slander and false accusations when it comes to the ‘right’.

Their songbird forgot to ask the WH what to say, like the NYT does.


133 posted on 07/20/2012 1:26:40 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's Welfare, Food Stamps, Division and Disability 'Legacy')
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To: Walmartian

Not sure about this guy but it could probably be the ABC reporter, maybe, kinda.

Last Known Address: 13 OUTLAW ROAD HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC 29926
 
Race: Caucasian    
Sex: Male Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’8 Hair: Brown
Weight 145 lbs. Age/DOB: 50
Offense or Statute
Offense/Statute: 16-15-140 - COMMIT OR ATTEMPT LEWD ACT ON CHILD <16Date Convicted: 18 August 1994
Offense/Statute: 23-3-470(A)(B)(1) - SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY VIOLATION 1ST OFFENSEDate Convicted: 10 January 2007
Alias(es)
BRIAN ROSS
BRIAN THOMAS ROSS

Collected from this official state registry website or page:

http://www.icrimewatch.net/offenderdetails.php?OfndrID=1231066&AgencyID=54575


134 posted on 07/20/2012 1:28:41 PM PDT by BarryM
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Someone should resign over this.

Someone should have their ass handed to them over this, lose their job, lose their house, lose their savings and then go to jail.

These people need to be made ACCOUNTABLE for this bullshit. Of course they won't though, because they, like friggin politicians are a protected species.

Time to clean house in this country. Getting pretty tired of this crap.

135 posted on 07/20/2012 1:32:14 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: God luvs America
Strange that ABC didn't try to connect him to the disastrous Obama economy.

Seems more like an OWS type.

His mother recently told a neighbour that Holmes could not find a job after earning a master's degree from a public university in California.

136 posted on 07/20/2012 1:42:07 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: angcat

Earlier it was posted that a “Brian Ross” was listed on the SC sex registry. Nobody said it was the same “Brian Ross”. Get it?


137 posted on 07/20/2012 1:44:55 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To kin and former friends: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: BarryM

138 posted on 07/20/2012 1:49:24 PM PDT by sunny48
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To: oldbrowser
Must I at length the sword of justice draw?
Oh, cursed effects of necessary law!
How ill my fear they by my mercy scan!
Beware the fury of a patient man!
Law they require, let law then show her face;
They could not be content to look on grace,
Her hinder parts, but with a daring eye
To tempt the terror of her front and die.
By their own arts 'tis righteously decreed,
Those dire artificers of death shall bleed.
Against themselves their witnesses will swear,
Till, viper-like, their mother-plot they tear;
And suck for nutriment that bloody gore,
Which was their principle of life before.
Their Belial with their Beelzebub will fight:
Thus on my foes, my foes shall do me right.
Nor doubt the event: for factious crowds engage,
In their first onset, all their brutal rage.
Then let them take an unresisted course;
Retire, and traverse, and delude their force;
But when they stand all breathless, urge the fight,
And rise upon them with redoubled might--
For lawful power is still superior found;
When long driven back, at length it stands the ground.

He said: The Almighty, nodding, gave consent;
And peals of thunder shook the firmament.
Henceforth a series of new time began,
The mighty years in long procession ran:
Once more the god-like David was restored,
And willing nations knew their lawful lord.

--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"

139 posted on 07/20/2012 1:52:33 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: God luvs America

How sick in the head is Brian Ross and ABC News that one of the first things they do in reporting this story is to go look up whether the shooter is a Tea Party member?? How craven and partisan can the US news media get?? I mean honestly-—their first thought is political and let’s see how we can get political advantage for Obama and the Democrats out of this?? At what point does the FEC start to go after the US news media for illegal campaign support of the Obama campaign, both in 2008 and in 2012? The media has so thoroughly whored itself out to this empty suit president that there is nothing that’s too low for them to stoop for. Buy your soul back Mr. Ross!


140 posted on 07/20/2012 2:00:05 PM PDT by MissesBush (The Fourth Estate has Become a Fifth Column)
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To: God luvs America

How sick in the head is Brian Ross and ABC News that one of the first things they do in reporting this story is to go look up whether the shooter is a Tea Party member?? How craven and partisan can the US news media get?? I mean honestly-—their first thought is political and let’s see how we can get political advantage for Obama and the Democrats out of this?? At what point does the FEC start to go after the US news media for illegal campaign support of the Obama campaign, both in 2008 and in 2012? The media has so thoroughly whored itself out to this empty suit president that there is nothing that’s too low for them to stoop to. Buy your soul back Mr. Ross!


141 posted on 07/20/2012 2:00:18 PM PDT by MissesBush (The Fourth Estate has Become a Fifth Column)
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To: God luvs America
A question for the lawyers out there: Is a lawsuit against Ross and Stephanopoulos and ABC still a viable one, even though ABC apologized for the “incorrect Tea Party report?
No guarantee everyone who read and heard this slander will read or hear that ABC apologized. I say not good enough.

The leftstream media needs to get its feet burned at every opportunity. They only care when it involves money.

142 posted on 07/20/2012 2:01:24 PM PDT by itssme
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To: Right Wing Assault

He was a self-important stuffed shirt when I knew him.


143 posted on 07/20/2012 2:28:30 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: God luvs America

Everyone needs to remember one thing. While Ross and every other ‘jump the gun’ propagandist needs to be held responsible, most of them are just a face and a voice. The producers/editors behind the scenes are the people who put the words and accusations in their mouths.

None of the on air personalities takes direct calls from the public/people ‘reporting’. The info ALL goes through an editor/producer and WRITER before being blabbed at random.

the ‘reporter on the scene’ segments are all done under a ‘ROE’ policy set by the station/company. There’s a lot of people guilty for these ‘mistakes’.


144 posted on 07/20/2012 3:12:11 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: oldbrowser

“What I take away from this is that the MSM is scared to death of the Tea Party. These cowards know they are lying and fear that the Tea Party might go vigilante on them.”
Go Vigilante? Harmless little fuzzballs like Rush and the TP? The MSM is afraid that we’ll show up and vote to return freedom and the rule of law to America.


145 posted on 07/20/2012 3:19:33 PM PDT by Rainier1789 (MY Constitution has a 2nd and 10th Amendment)
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To: Fido969

Someone having a gun would have been great, but there are gun free zones all over. OTOH, If the Leaders of this Country motivated the youth of this Country with a combative spirit of Tough Hard Working Individualists, well we might have seen another LetsRoll moment. A couple of hundred bodies rising up would have overwhelmed him quickly. Some would have died, but he would been stopped and future terrorists would be faced with a tougher target.

Of course, back in 2001 we didn’t have a President encouraging taking handouts as more important than getting a good education and hard work.


146 posted on 07/20/2012 3:23:19 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: SunnyUsa

I’m guessing there was a report that he was a doctoral student and someone thought it meant Med. Dr.

I saw another site that said phD student.

At any rate, the FR Hussein Heads have been working as hard as they ever have today spewing lies and horseclinton.


147 posted on 07/20/2012 3:45:09 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I always wondered where you got that tagline from years past....


148 posted on 07/20/2012 3:46:56 PM PDT by LUV W (Never forget...WE have THEM surrounded! ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Thank You


149 posted on 07/20/2012 4:00:42 PM 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: oldbrowser

I wish we didn’t have to post it. But you’re welcome.


150 posted on 07/20/2012 4:05:23 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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