Not only does ABC News’ Brian Ross still have a job, but according to the James Holmes that Ross said might have something to do with the Colorado theater shootings Friday morning (after all, he’s a Tea Partier!), he hasn’t personally been contacted by anybody from ABC News.
This is one of those rare times I wish I was a lawyer. I’d represent this guy for free.
Breitbart News spoke to James Michael Holmes, the Tea Party member falsely identified this morning by ABC News’ Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America as the possible suspect in the mass shooting early this morning at a screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. He is a 52-year-old Hispanic conservative who joined the Tea Party after becoming disillusioned with the Republican party.
“It was freaky,” said Holmes, describing his reaction when ABC News speculated that he was the culprit who entered a crowded theater and opened fire on dozens of innocent men, women, and children. He disconnected his telephone and says that he is worried about members of his family who might be contacted by the media.
The Jim Holmes of the Tea Party called Ross “blatantly lazy” — but this had nothing to do with being lazy. “Lazy” would have been grabbing the first “Jim Holmes” that popped up in the Denver area on Google and assuming that person was the killer. What Ross did was find a Tea Partier who had the same name in order to lead viewers to believe he might have been the perp even though Ross knew that probably wasn’t the case. It was anything but a lazy or innocent mistake on the part of Ross.
Often reporters play connect-the-dots, but in the case of Brian Ross he created the dots and left it to viewers to connect them so it would lead them right where he wanted them to go. If ABC News keeps him on they’ve lost whatever credibility they had left — if any. Same goes for George Stephanopoulos, who just nodded in approval and didn’t challenge in the least something that Brian Ross wanted so badly to be true.
If the suits at ABC News actually believe Ross made a “mistake,” they’ve been fooling themselves for so long they too are part of the problem.
And it’s not like this is the only “mistake” Ross has ever made. Politico has others, but this is the most recent — if you don’t count yesterday’s:
In 2010, Ross reported that a defect in Toyota cars was responsible for “unintended acceleration.” As part of his report, he showed video footage of the Toyota’s tachometer going from 1,000 RPMs to 6,000 RPMs in a single second. But the same footage revealed that the car was actually parked with the doors open when Ross claimed it was moving. ABC News confirmed that the stage footage had been spliced into Ross’s video.
This is what continues to pass as a credible journalist, all with the blessing of the ABC News management.