This morning, ABC News breathlessly announced the news they had been waiting for. They finally had an incident involving violence, this being the mass murder in Aurora Colorado and they thought a Tea Party member did it.
There was celebration at the office of Democratic Media, otherwise known as ABC News.
Then reality came crashing down on them.
The gunman was identified as James Holmes and there was a Jim Holmes identified as a member of the Colorado Tea Party Patriots.
Only Jim Holmes is a 50 something year old man, not a 24 year old murderer.
Brian Ross and ABC News have apologized.
Gee, that was nice of them.
Perhaps they could learn the first rule of journalism, namely get your facts right the first time.
The real problem with ABC news and the rest of the dinosaur news media is they are little more than shills for the far left. How many conservatives are working for ABC News in an on air capacity? Zero.
How many liberals? There is George Stephanopoulos, there is Robin Wright, there is Diane Sawyer and the list just goes on and on.
ABC does have its pet Republican, George Will who they bring out on Sunday talk shows so he can sit there, outnumbered three to one and offer non-offensive, not to mention non-effective Republican talking points.
The narrative of the Tea Party member committing crimes is a narrative the media has been desperately trying to push since 2009.
Does anyone remember earlier this year? A man named Michael Kobulnicky was arrested for rape and kidnapping. Kobulnicky had been active in the Tea Party movement in San Diego for a period of time but had stepped down.
The media went gaga. MSNBC heralded the news they had been waiting for. They could now gleefully ignore the rapes at the occupy mob camps throughout the nation. They had a Tea Party criminal.
Only then did something tragic happen.
When the case went to court a few days later, the victim who had been raped and kidnapped said, he isn’t the guy who raped and kidnapped me.
All of the drive by media outlets that reported on Kobulnicky’s arrest were amazingly silent when the charges against him were dismissed.
In January 2011, when then Congressman Gabby Giffords was shot, the media again jumped. We have a Tea Party assassin.
No, that one didn’t work out either. Turns out he was not that interested in politics.
And now we have today’s incident.
There is a remedy that should be sought. Whenever someone offends liberal sensibilities the usual requirement is sensitivity training and affirmative action. Well, this is the perfect case for it. ABC should require all of its on air staff as well as its editorial staff to attend conservative/Tea Party sensitivity training. In addition, ABC should show its contrition by hiring a couple of conservatives for major roles on the network. After all, if it can hire a communications director from the Clinton administration who had never done a news show before, why can’t they hire one or two Tea Party activists for a major role on the air?
Brian Ross "Sorry he's one of us!"
Now is the time for those involved to start suing. If not the network then the individual that has reported this. I say it is time to fight back. Use our courts. Let the people start to see that we are not the bad guys.
SUE, IN WHAT COURT? Do you actually believe there is an HONEST COURT SYSTEM operating in this country?Our Fraudulent resident has ruined that too!
In addition to being wrong about the shooter being a TP member, sounds like they were wrong about what the shooter's mother said as well--how do they continue to get away with twisting the truth???
Shooter's mom: ABC mischaracterized what I said
Says network twisted her words to implicate her son as culprit
. . .“This statement is to clarify a statement made by ABC media. I was awakened by a call from a reporter by ABC on July 20 about 5:45 in the morning. I did not know anything about a shooting in Aurora at that time,” Holmes said in a statement this afternoon, read to the national press by attorney Lisa Damiani. “He asked if I was Arlene Holmes and if my son was James Holmes who lives in Aurora, Colorado. I answered yes, you have the right person. I was referring to myself.”
“I asked him to tell me why he was calling and he told me about a shooting in Aurora,” she continues. “He asked for a comment. I told him I could not comment because I did not know if the person he was talking about was my son, and I would need to find out.”
In the first paragraph of its initial report on Friday, ABC News reported that it had identified the correct James Holmes because his mother “told ABC News her son was likely the alleged culprit, saying, ‘You have the right person.’” . . .
JIM should sue them.