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Posted on 07/20/2012 10:24:18 AM PDT by God luvs AmericaEdited 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.
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.
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.
I’ve seen it a thousand times. The charge is made in huge print on page A1 and the retraction is on page D34.
“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.....
I wonder if ABC News knows this?
“Rush to Judgement” syndrome.
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.
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
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.
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.
Oh, well, the Tea Party’s off the hook, but Sarah Palin is still in ABC’s crosshairs.
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.
apologies if already noted. just needed to vent
‘disseminating that information before it was properly vetted’—
Perfectly describes the ‘age of Obama’.
Fear the wrath of the patient man.
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.
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!
When someone named John Smith commits an atrocity and ABC is responsible for 50 revenge murders, are they just gonna apologize for that too?
Yep, they'll go into Sgt Schultz mode faster than you can imagine.
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...
Yea, they only make this mistake every time there is a tragedy..
Yea, they only make this mistake every time there is a tragedy..
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.
Do you have a link please.
Easy to apologize after putting the thought in everyone’s mind!
They still think Zimmerman is guilty.
Sadly something to be expected. Of course the claim is out there now and it's impossible to un-ring.
Brian Ross is a weasel.
He’s like the kind of kid you wanted to smack when you were in 3rd grade.
Oh sure. Just like they didn’t put up that huge banner across the Zimmerman tape. Sorry, ABC, too many lies.
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.
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
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
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BRIAN THOMAS ROSS
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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.
Seems more like an OWS type.
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?
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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!
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!
The leftstream media needs to get its feet burned at every opportunity. They only care when it involves money.
He was a self-important stuffed shirt when I knew him.
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’.
“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.
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.
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.
I always wondered where you got that tagline from years past....
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