As you know, a murderer killed at least 12 people at a Colorado movie theater last night.

ABC News was just itching for a right wing connection, even if it meant finding one of the many people named “James Holmes” in the Denver area who happens to have a Tea Party connection even though they didn’t know for sure if it was the murderer. Mission accomplished:

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.

Seems to me a good reporter might require more evidence than this before making a call, and Brian Ross would not have made that speculative statement if that website said “Occupy Denver” instead of “Colorado Tea Party.”

By the way, the person they were talking about was apparently the wrong guy — but what do they care as long as it helped get the meme spreading? Even if it had been the same person as the mass murderer, the fact that they went ahead with that even though they didn’t know for sure proves what a cesspool of bias exists in the mainstream media — specifically ABC News in this instance.

Journalistic malpractice at the very least:

And than we have people with political agendas this jackwagon using the killings to stand on their soapboxes — but that’s for another day.


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 and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.

Oh bull. The “report” (if we can call it that) was correct — yes, that particular Jim Holmes might have indeed been the gunman… and thousands of other Jim Holmes’ might have been too. It was flat-out bias and there was nothing “oops, we made an error” about it. If ABC would have reported that this Jim Holmes was in fact the mass murderer, and that turned out to be wrong — that would have been a “mistake.” The fact that they were faced with over a dozen “Jim Holmes” in Colorado and just happened to pick the one with Tea Party ties as one who “might but might not be” the gunman is one of the bigger cases of MSM bias in a while.

In the title to this post I used the term “malpractice,” but that doesn’t accurately describe what happened. “Malpractice” is often due to a mistake, and there was no mistake about what Steffy and Ross did.

Update II: Hey Ross & Steffy, here’s your 55 year old Tea Partier.

Update III: The Jim Holmes of the Tea Party Patriots that Brian Ross mentioned on the air has had to disconnect his phone thanks to lefty loons calling (and if that’s the worst thing that happens I’ll be surprised).

Well done, ABC News — I hope he sues your asses off and wins.

Update IV: Here’s a revised ABC News logo.


63 Responses to “George Stephanopoulos and Brian Ross of ABC News Commit Journalistic Malpractice; Update: ABC’s Weak Apology”

  1. 50 cal. on July 20th, 2012 12:51 pm

    Hope he sues their a$$.

  2. jeffythequick on July 20th, 2012 12:51 pm

    Was that the same Brian Ross that killed Chris Davis by beating him and robbing him and leaving him in a pool face down (h/t Glenn Beck)?

    I can't be sure, but the names match.

  3. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 12:53 pm

    So will ABC news issue a correction and apology…what am I saying of course they will not, they have done what they wanted and that is to get the narrative started.

  4. Marshall_Will on July 20th, 2012 1:08 pm

    And why not a KATIE Holmes or… John Holmes 'connection'? What would even compel ABC to 'investigate' from such a position? Just deplorable.

  5. Joe Redfield on July 20th, 2012 1:08 pm

    Using the same sort of thinking, the fact that Brian Ross was in the same homeroom in high school* as disgraced former Penn State President Graham Spanier means that Brian Ross is probably a sexual predator…right?

    *Highland Park(IL) H.S., class of 1966.

  6. Marshall_Will on July 20th, 2012 1:14 pm

    We haven't gotten one from the Jared Loughner shooting incident so let's not hold our breath.

    Here we have a very serious and terrible event and you have MSM outlets politicizing them before we can even get an accurate body count. What depths do these operators have to sink to before their licenses are revoked?

    And not to make light of it but, so WHAT if the guy had turned out to be a TP member. We have MILLIONS of them. As we do Democrats, Republicans and "former Marines". What would be the point of even bringing it up..?

  7. jeffythequick on July 20th, 2012 1:25 pm

    Oh yes they will…

    …on tonight's Nightline, at the end of the show.

    Then, after people bring it up and accuse ABC of doing something, the Libs will say, "they corrected it," which is a fact, but not the truth. The truth is conveying the story so that the listener will have a clear and correct understanding of what actually happened. That is why you can have a lie of omission and a lie of facts.

  8. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 1:38 pm

    So true. I love it how the left always says that it is just a few bad apples when an Islamic terrorist attack occurs, but when it is a single member of some conservative group they want to paint the whole group as bad.

    Take the Catholic priest scandal for example. There were some priests doing horrific things to children (and the cover up made it worse), but that does not mean every Catholic priest is a pedophile. Of course you wouldn't know that fromt he media coverage.

  9. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 1:40 pm

    Naw, the Obama camp will pre-empt them using any time to dump and apology by dumping a ton of bad news during the coverage of this heinous act. Remember, never let a crisis go to waste.

  10. Marshall_Will on July 20th, 2012 1:41 pm

    Then when they run it before signing off and going to infomercial mode, we need to CALL them on it.

    Agreed, there's many varying degrees of lying. Blatantly doing so while abusing your national exposure to shape the political future of a nation being the lowest form.

    This is a lot of the reason Michelle implored for a legal defense fund for conservative bloggers in the Kimberlin case with Aaron Worthing. However I don't believe the non-mass murdering James Holmes will have any problem finding atty's willing to go after ABC.

  11. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 1:44 pm

    Well surprise, surprise ABC news has already issued an apology:

    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 and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.

  12. just me on July 20th, 2012 1:53 pm

    I would guess that George Stephanolpoulos could be under investigation for for sexting a 10 year old girl.

  13. Marshall_Will on July 20th, 2012 2:08 pm

    "The FBI said approximately 100 of its agents are on the scene assisting with the ongoing investigation."

    ( Just in case a Tea Party connection could be made ) For (1) guy?

    Again, my question is, there's been a mass shooting. A suspect's name surfaces. The first thing you DO is..?

  14. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 2:13 pm

    The same for Baptist pastors ! Among the Baptist Pastorate, there are pedophiles and Pentecostal snake handlers as well as some of the most Biblically knowledgeable and obedient teachers I have ever known !

    Weirdness is indiscriminant !

  15. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 2:21 pm

    I`m surprised they didn`t misspell his name … intentionally in the correction !

  16. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 2:24 pm

    Uh, call ABC News ?

  17. Marshall_Will on July 20th, 2012 2:26 pm

    Lol, yes it is. Yes it is.

    The real advantage any status quo/old guard really has in dealing with "rebel organizations" ( LIKE the Tea Party ) is that they're so NEW, so fledgling they don't have a track record at ALL?

    We can't go back and say; "We've helped millions of people over hundreds of years and you can't negate all that good with (1) bad apple/report!" I can't TELL you how much I had to endure as a just-a-bubble-blogger with the daily onslaught of negative disinformation about us.

    The objective obviously was to snuff us on the delivery table.

  18. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 2:27 pm

    The thing that got me was how quickly the Feds (as usual) ruled this out as possibly having any ties to terrorism. How in the hell could they have any way of knowing whether it was or was not within hours (rhetorical question of course)?

    Now they are reproting they have also found a bomb inside the theatre. They do not know if the bomb was placed there earlier or if it was thrown during the attack.

  19. clu seatoe on July 20th, 2012 2:36 pm

    This is reminiscent of the actions of Lucifer, or Satan, in the book of Job, who only lives to complain about and/or say and do anything and everything to make his chosen adversary look bad or seem to be or less than what’s actually true.


  20. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 2:39 pm

    I just heard that smoke bomb(s) were thrown into the theater just before the shooting started. Some of the fans thought the smoke was part of the show experience … until the shooting started !

  21. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 2:42 pm

    Good point !

    The same or similar is happening with horror films; the devil is portrayed as ugly and mean, etc. The truth is, Lucifer was the most beautiful angel / god in heaven, SO, if people are made to look for an ugly creature, then they`d naturally miss a beautiful one.

  22. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 2:48 pm

    It has been said, the greatest trick the devil ever played was to convince manking he didn't exist (paraphrasing).

  23. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 2:49 pm

    RE: Update; you are precisely correct, Doug; it was totally intentional, on purpose and followed their usual patterns of conduct !

    The seed of descent was planted !

  24. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 2:53 pm

    That Jesus didn`t exist ?

  25. Marshall_Will on July 20th, 2012 2:54 pm

    Well… the shooter's MOM called and said he was a whackjob. See? End of investigation!

    Weird in that, being all of 24, career student and no metion thus far of having a job, GF etc. sounds to me as if this guy was more in alignment with OWS ( as Doug quipped ) than the TP?

    ABC stressed that "the rise of homegrown domestic terrorism that needed the utmost attention ( at the expense of uh genuine threats ) was not the case as perhaps first suspected.."

    Suspected by 'whom'? Watch Bammie turn this into justification for F & F when he speaks..?

  26. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 3:02 pm

    Was supposed to be mankind that the devil doesn't exist.

  27. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 3:04 pm

    No doubt. It would have taken a few minutes for them to verify the information was correct. They didn't do it for the sole reason that what they had fit their narrative and that was enough for them.

  28. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 3:16 pm

    I always thought it a greater deception that Jesus never existed "as GOD"; was just a prophet, if that !

    But yes, Satan wants us to believe he is merely mythical !

  29. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 3:21 pm

    RE: Update II; people tell me I don`t look my 59 years, but WOW, this guy is rockin` it !

    / Sarc, tongue in cheek, facetiosity !

    It was just reported on FOX Radio News that Holmes` apartment was boobie trapped with trip wires n stuff. The police found buckets of ammo and much more !

  30. Marshall_Will on July 20th, 2012 3:26 pm

    Doug applied the correct context and he's right, this is a baddie. It also shows a BIAS against Westerners in general. We must be in such remote enclaves going by names like Bootstrap Bill and the like, SURELY they had their man?

    And Leftist MSM viewers that Eat.This.Sh!t.Up should be ashamed of themselves too. Take a good LOOK at yourselves you pukes. They're only bringing across what they think you want to HEAR anyway.

    Like most of us, our political party is a small part of what we belong to and what makes for our overall profile. Or should we begin addressing each story by prefacing "Doug Powers (R) MI" as if the were a congressman?

  31. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 3:41 pm

    yep and the expolsive devices found in the apartment were very sophisticated.

  32. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 3:44 pm

    Yep, give the Tea Party a bad record before a record is even established.

    "Just-a-bubble-blogger", heh, keep rockin` it ! ;-)

  33. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 3:51 pm

    Great point ! Well said.

    Hmmm, SPG, R-NC, Ch, Con, R, TP, shooter, foodie, dvd collector, jabber fingers, ……

  34. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 3:57 pm

    RE: Update III; I too hope he sues and wins, BIG ! And then it gets world-wide publication ! That would be such schadenfeudeus deliciosity !

  35. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 4:11 pm

    He should sue Brian and George for their comments and ABC news as they employee these two partisan hacks.

  36. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 4:11 pm

    And now it is being reproted that the gunman had painted his hair red and claimed to be Batman's arch enemy the Joker.:

  37. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 4:17 pm

    O/T..Teenager shouts 'Allah is great' in Arabic as he tries to grab the Olympic flame from hands of terrified torch bearer

  38. Marshall_Will on July 20th, 2012 4:21 pm

    There's always been something disingenuous in the way the LSM has held the Tea Party to some fictitious, mythical "higher standard"?

    We never SAID we were a bunch of altar boys or goody two-shoes. Only that we were FED UP as all h3ll. By their standard virtually ANY moment, any QUOTE could spell the kiss of death for the party.

    At the same time, D's and R's and ESPECIALLY D's aren't held to any kind of ethical standard at all.

  39. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 4:32 pm

    The UK is paying a steep price for their dhimmitude !

  40. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 4:36 pm

    Exactly. I am surprised that they didn't have a woman in a Burka carrying the torch…

  41. Granny55 on July 20th, 2012 6:02 pm

    I pray for the safety of all of the athletes – but I don't have a good feeling about the games this year. But in light of the capitulation of the Brits to PC rights and demands of the moochers – I am very nervous and the article just proves London is not ready for the games.

  42. just.curious on July 20th, 2012 6:02 pm

    So were some of the weapons they found on Holmes really traced back to Fast and
    Furious? Hmmmm?

  43. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 6:08 pm

    I just saw that the Muslim Brotherhood is forming a political party in Syria….That is not going to end well:

  44. Marshall_Will on July 20th, 2012 7:07 pm

    Just whacked. Don't even know what to say to that. But it does bring things a bit more into focus:

    Haven't been a fan since I was like 11 years old so many of us haven't been following this "re-branding" of Marvel's once great Batman. But it should be obvious that the Left-connected Hollywood/LSM-types WOULD.

    So after Heath Ledger commits suicide for playing this dark character AND… some 20-something is the shooter, let's not look at freaking H'wood, let's cornh@le the Tea Party..!?!? Could these people be more ridiculous? And of course some of the LSM/Left posted comments say WE are the ones "politicizing" the whole issue! Yeah, riiiiight.

  45. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 8:39 pm

    Are you trying to make a point ?

    The FOUR (4) weapons found to have been used by young Mr. Holmes were traced to legal purchases from Bass Pro Shops and Cabellas. No word yet on where / how he purchased / came to be in possession of the tactical armor and gas mask he was wearing at the time of the shootings and the tear gas he used !

  46. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 8:40 pm

    As do I Granny !

  47. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 8:41 pm

    I remember the Joker having "green" hair !

  48. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 8:48 pm

    I heard just an hour or so ago that the police have used a camera probe to look into Holmes` apartment and saw the boobie traps and other stuff. They are predicting it could me 2 days or longer before they are able to gain safe entry into the apartment. I would imagine the car will be somewhat easier to "crack".

  49. The Zoo Keeper on July 20th, 2012 9:42 pm

    Drudge reports that the shooter was struggling to find work and collecting unemployment. So will Brian Ross implicate the Obama administration because of their high unemployment numbers?

  50. clu seatoe on July 20th, 2012 10:02 pm

    How about the discouragement of the indoctrination of eight+ years and looking ahead to many more of the liberal world views and political lies of higher educational profs and campuses…and the educational bills piling up, up, up and no way out and no relief in sight…and the thought of after a lifetime in school only being able to look forward to working in NHC.

    Enough to freak anybody out.

  51. clu seatoe on July 20th, 2012 10:09 pm

    Zero care, can’t wait. The greatness of NHC.

  52. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 10:27 pm

    He did come to think of it. But that is what the shooter told cops, so i guess we have to take his word for it….

  53. Truesoldier__ on July 20th, 2012 10:29 pm

    You know, I have been wondering why he told them about the explosives in the first place. He killed and injured all these people then gives himself up without a fight and tells them all about the explosives. Something doesn't add up.

    Makes me wonder if he wants them to try to disarm the explosives knowing that the normal techniques would actually set them off or something along those lines. This way he could add more carnage while he is behind bars.

  54. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 10:57 pm

    I suppose he felt he had to make some minor change to avoid breaking the copyright law ! Pteh, I almost typed that with straight fingers ! ;-)

  55. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 10:59 pm

    That was a good mocking-spoof !

  56. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 11:03 pm

    You paint such a rosey picture ! ;-)

  57. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 11:09 pm

    Re: Update IV; The Looking Spoon has spoofed ABCNews and George Stuffinawfulos so well, "always blaming conservatives first" and showing his shortitude in the pic. I love the caption, "His integrity is top shelf, which is why he can`t reach it" ! Perfect !

  58. SignPainterGuy on July 20th, 2012 11:18 pm

    The guy was wearing all this body armor like he expected to be resisted with opposing gunfire, but then gave up without a fight at his car. Me thinks he was actually quite a coward, it was just for added shock and fear factors; the reality of police gunfire set in really fast and then it must have occurred to him how much worse it would be on him if he hadn`t told them about the bombs n stuff and some cops had been wounded and / or killed ! The reports do say he was really smart. Well, at least THAT smart. Not smart enough to commit suicide by cop at the end of it to avoid trial and imprisonment !

  59. clu seatoe on July 21st, 2012 12:33 am

    In America this kind of thing will be blamed on the Tea Party parents or Tea Party driver of the ambulance or Tea Party paramedics or if possible even the Tea Party infant.

  60. SignPainterGuy on July 21st, 2012 1:08 am

    Is the UK NHS set up so they can`t be sued for such blatant malpractice ? If not, the parents should sue the building out from under them; if so, they should be Horse-Wh ——— !

  61. jeffythequick on July 21st, 2012 12:16 pm

    I learned a lot from the Gabby Giffords incident. The urinalists have a conclusion, and discount any evidence that proves it wrong. If they were scientists, we'd be living on a flat earth where the boats would fall off the edge.

  62. SignPainterGuy on July 21st, 2012 1:06 pm

    I was of course referring to the spoof done JUST on radio by Glenn and crew by connecting unrelated dots, creating some dots and arriving at a conclusion to fit the agenda du jour.

    A friend`s Son died of an OD (man, what a cocktail) while in the company of a couple of druggy friends. The two friends were ID`d for the LEOs and much PI-learned info was presented, but oddly, the son`s drug history was unknown only to the cops. LEOs know everything, but refuse to proceed. Only questions remain for my Friend and much disappointment.

    I have to wonder, is someone prominent involved or is payment expected ?

  63. Grace Hill on July 30th, 2013 6:02 pm

    This made me chuckle. I was actually in the Presidents box at a PSU game with Spanier and Ross right before all hell broke loose. You could be right after all!!

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