Brian Ross, media malpractice consequences: Falsely accused Tea Party member receiving threats

As Twitchy reported this morning, ABC’s Brian Ross shamefully tried to tie the Tea Party into the Aurora shooting tragedy. By doing so, he falsely accused a Tea Party member named James Holmes as being the suspect. Mr. Holmes has now had to turn his phone off, due to all the threats he is receiving.

ABC and Brian Ross tried to walk back their accusations.

But it is too little and too late.

“Just bloggers” at have the story from the falsely accused innocent man.

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.

“Freaky” is very generous of him. It is an outrage.

Ace of Spades sums it up as only he can.

It would be funny, if it wasn’t so dangerous. An innocent man may have to fear for his life and for the welfare of his family members due to the beyond irresponsible “reporting” of Brian Ross and ABC. Reporting isn’t even the right word, even with sneer quotes. They were trying to push a narrative and an agenda, plain and simple.

On the backs of the dead and at the expense of the innocent.

  • Steve

    Hey at least he didn’t post the guy’s address like @spikelee did.

  • mnemonicmike

    This med-school dropout is almost certainly a college-age liberal…. let’s see if that part gets reported.

    • pjcostello

      Yes, he’s a 24 year old who “Graduated with highest honors” at UC Riverside, according to the school president. “He was the top of the top.” — reported by @IngrahamAngle

      • Orangeone

        But he was “failing in his life” according to liberals. Yeah right, PhD student in neuroscience. That’s failing?

        • Jimbob Jones

          If you read the full story, he QUIT his PhD studies in June, and started buying his guns and ammo shortly thereafter. Something set him off, the truth will be uncovered.

          • Orangeone

            Getting to the PhD level of studies is not failing.  I must wonder what “group” was influencing him on campus, and I DON’T mean the tea party.

          • SumerianMan

            Yeah, something set him off, like his DHS handlers! Just look to the Arizona nightmare for more of same style of pushing over the edge.

    • Angie (D)

      If it turns out this guy was an OWS supporter, this entire story will be dropped.

      The “fact” is (as the left likes to say) that mental disease knows no politics — of course, the left will not admit that, they just don’t talk about the left wing nutjobs while obsessing over the right wing nutjobs.

  • Jeff McCabe

    I’m baffled by the morons calling his number. Do they think he got out on bail and will be home? Or did they think maybe the thing to do would be threaten his family instead? I don’t speak moron, so I just dont get it.

    • wtpeopleduh

      So true!

    • FunnyFaceKing

      baffled? really?

      how many morons do you think are calling brian ross right now?

      where have you been living since the internet became a thing, under a rock?

      • lainer51

        NO one will be calling Ross – he is protected under the I LOVE BARRY – law

      • Yobama

        He’s referring to people calling James Holmes, not Brian Ross.

  • wtpeopleduh

    What would the Tea Party connections have to do with it anyway? Why didn’t he check the occupy websites…more likely to act this way…yes?

    • Matt Hines

      Great point, that’s where the violence is, at Obama’s OWS goons

      • Orangeone

        And O’Bambi is in need of a crisis. The timing is eery especially since it was announced in polls yesterday that Romney is leading! Not saying there is a connection but coincidence has inquiring minds wondering.

        • mwl

          The connection is real, its on purpose. Fast and Furious murders from obama, holder, clinton are real. On 27 July obama, clinton are signing the UN arms treaty which the libs all suppoort…confiscation and jailing of those Americans who honor their 2cd amendment. And now this staged phase two Fast and Furious in Colorado. Which is exactly why Australia disarmed their populace over one insane maniac they knew would be homicidal. This is about obama, clinton the stooge of all stooges biden, schumer, reid trying to take control an of Americans without the Constitution. By force.
          Its time, be prepared.
          Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.
          Mike in Afghanistan

          • Orangeone

            Thank you for your service Mike!

          • SumerianMan

            mwl, you have hit the nail on the head squarely! Someone, somehow, has put this moron up to this atrocity exactly at this time for exactly that pupose and they may just get away with it! All I can say is “if they want my stuff it’s going to cost ’em, plenty”. I only hope and pray that all the other Constitutional Patriots feel the same way! Oh, BTW, those perfect killshots in AU. were made by pro’s, not the guy accused who never fired a weapon before in his life

  • Mackie72

    Maybe ABC could hire Andrea Mitchell and her MSNBC team to doctor some vid to incriminate this James Holmes Tea Party guy? That way, they can keep shoveling their libtard crap down the throats of their blind O-bot audience.

  • Lucid_American

    Liberals by definition are morons so no one should be surprised by there actions. This individual should sue the pants off ABC news. A tragedy like this should not be politicalized.

  • Epi Phyte

    Kinda’ like the false accusations against Sarah Palin re the Tucson shooter and the false accusations of Bloomberg against “Tea partiers pissed off about Obamacare” re the Times Square Bomber and the false accusations of the entire MSM against Tea Partiers re the alleged “chorus of racial insults” in front of congress that 10 cameras and 100k reward money couldn’t uncover . . . Did I mention how much I’ve come to detest the MSM and their lib enablers?

  • Corey Dennison

    Here’s a little light reading for Mr Ross:
    He better hope and pray none of the lefty loons he riled up kills the innocent man he wrongly ID’d today.
    Jackass needs to be fired with extreme predjudice!

  • Nate Whilk

    ‘An innocent man may have to fear for his life and for the welfare of his family members due to the beyond irresponsible “reporting” of Brian Ross and ABC. Reporting isn’t even the right word, even with sneer quotes. They were trying to push a narrative and an agenda, plain and simple.’

    Skip the sneer quotes completely. Just call it journalism. Because that’s what journalism really is.

    “…it was the first time that I had seen a person whose profession was telling lies – unless one counts journalists.” –Orwell, “Homage to Catalonia” (1938)

  • Bill Clark

    Holmes needs to not only sue ABC, but take a large personal lawsuit out against Ross and Stephanopolis. A couple of hundred million against them would go along way in scaring the media to be honest and report facts not what they want to be true. I would donate to this cause, Holmes, set up an account to hire the best civil attorneys around, I will definitely donate to get a major personal injury lawsuit started.

    • Orangeone

      Conservative attorneys!

    • Stryder51

      As would I.

    • madmapper82

      Amen! Defamation of character, libel and engagement come to mind just off the top of my head. And if Mr. Holmes is Hispanic, maybe throw in racism?

      • Lars Evert Lundstrom

        HATE CRIME! Might as well include it since that is really what it is.

    • Lars Evert Lundstrom

      Contact ACLJ! There are several conservative law firms that do pro bono work. I am completely behind a law suit!

      • Lars Evert Lundstrom

        Funny thought …. contact ACLU! See what they say! This is definitely a small guy getting messed with from the big guy. See if ACLU actually protect the little guy. I doubt it, but it would definitely expose them! Interesting thought!

  • werewife

    For the Love of Life Orchestra… almost every time there’s a mass shooting like this and jihad isn’t involved, the motive, as best can be divined, usually comes down to herostratism. If you can’t win the attention of the world by constructive means, hey, just commit some spectacular act of destruction and they’ll all be saying your name, for a news cycle at least. But NOOO, they always look for the legendary “right-wing crazy” with a racist political cause first.

  • Matt Hines

    I hope that Tea Party and the man wrongly accused sues the pants off ABC and Brain Ross for all the damaged they have done

  • Michael Cutler

    “ABC” Always Bloody Chitheads

  • Cris Allen

    I’m a J-school grad who received failing grades on assignments containing far less consequential errors.

  • Sabinal

    What happened to mr holmes was wrong but gloating about it is wrong too.

    • Corey Dennison

      You use that word, but I don’t think it means what you think it means.

  • radjahshelduck

    This reminds me of another story I first heard of right here on You folks remember Spike Lee tweeting an incorrect address of George Zimmerman? As I recall, the followup to the story was that Lee met with the elderly couple who were placed in jeopardy by his stupidity, and some kind of agreement was reached. I think the agreement was probably that Lee had to part with a good chunk of cash to avoid a lawsuit. That might be what happens here. I don’t think it would be a walk on the beach for this man to sue ABC, because we’ve got the First Amendment and because Ross obviously didn’t willfully intend to cause havoc for this particular Tea Party member. Not EASY to sue, but not impossible, and ABC is going to go for any kind of reasonable settlement to keep this from going to court and the reputation of the news division litigated. So I’ll predict it will shake out like the Spike Lee incident. This man will be offered a lot of money not to sue and his attorney may advise him to take it.

    • Isabella1709

      Mr Holmes doesn’t have to sue, he only needs to get a lawyer. ABC will agree to a generous settlement. I hope the Tea Party goes after them for defamation, it would just be fun to keep it going as long as possible just to hear the dummies explanation of why he went to the Tea Party pages to begin with. At the least Brian Ross must be fired.

    • doramin

      The heart of the matter is the fact that Brian Ross quite obviously did not give a sh!t what kind of havoc this James Holmes might suffer as a result of being casually fingered. The fact that he was a Tea Partier automatically meant that hangin’ was too good for him.

    • Lars Evert Lundstrom

      How about letting him get on prime time and promote the TEA party and what they really stand for. I am sure they would agree to that (sarcasm).

  • Mimatt

    ABC – Always Blaming Conservatives

  • Matthew T. Mason

    The apology is worthless. The fact is and remains Brian Ross intentionally looked through Colorado Tea Party rolls in an attempt to connect this to conservatives.

    We need to make sure this James Holmes sues the living hell out of ABC for this one.

  • cscape

    the story that nobody here is recalling is the “cautionary” tale regarding Richard Jewel of Atlanta…. after NBC inasmuch accused him on air of being the Olympic Bomber, after the real Olympic Bomber was finally caught, Jewel (who later committed suicide) got one hell of a settlement from NBC….. and GUESS WHO used to work for NBC back then???? that’s right – BRIAN ROSS

    • doramin

      Richard Jewell died of complications of diabetes at age 44. He did not kill himself.

      • cscape

        i thought he had….. thanks…… that said – you know, there are all kinds of ways to check out – one is self abuse via lifestyle

        • doramin

          Okay, so Richard Jewell was no one’s idea of a Bruce Wayne. He was a mama’s boy who could never get a girl nor could he find a police department that would hire him. He was obviously a chubbins who was an excellent candidate for Type II diabetes. That made it all the easier for the media to paint him as a pathetic Munchausen-by-proxy type who would not be above creating a drama to make himself the hero. The FBI could not find their culprit fast enough amid the general outcry so they decided to appoint him. From then on it was just a matter of filing charges and cranking up the smear wurlitzer.

          I remember realizing at the time that if the gummint and the media want to make you their sacrificial lamb they could make Mother Teresa look like The Blood Countess.

  • daveachicagoareajamerican

    Brian Ross’ next job on TV should be on Current TV. He can fill the position vacated by Keith Olbermann, another “class act”. Hey Brian, the journalistic motto is “Get it first, but first, GET IT RIGHT!”. Irresponsible bonehead!

  • CarmichaelPatriot

    Media Malpractice.. This needs to be turned into a legal judgement against Mr. Ross and Mr. Stephanopolus.

  • TeaPartyReaganConservative

    In the wake of this movie house massacre by a deranged individual, just like the Tucson Az massacre shooting, the far left media complex of course attacks and targets, thus blames the Tea Party / Reagan Constitutional Conservatives and Republicans for all of it, regardless of the facts and truth that it is a lie.

    We are, and will always be the target of the far left anti-American media complex to be used as a point of focus, aka a villain. Hitler used the very same tactic against the Jews as a scapegoat.

    This is all for the public to make them perceive the lie as the truth, to make the public their willing accomplice.

    But in a free democratic society, there comes a point in time where the public is either aware of, acknowledges, and understands the truth after countless examples of liberal media biased lies and propagandist attempts to paint the peaceful Tea Party people and movement as something they’re not, ie; racist and violent.. Along with over a year of exact opposite examples of violence, anarchy, rapes, assaults, rioting, and property destruction riots from and by the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd.

  • MarineCorpsVet

    The other remark I heard in the early morning coverage was something like”….and we really don’t know yet whether he was an active serviceman or a veteran.” What the hell does that have to do with anything? I think it’s part of the MSM meme that all ex-servicemembers are loose cannons because of their having handled weapons and being familiar with warfare and killing.

  • ronbet

    Why is Brian Ross still allowed to work at ABC News? Why is George Stephanopoulos, who encouraged and egged on Ross, still allowed to work at ABC News? Both of these people are slime.

  • Carol Jean O’Neil Goodwin

    The killer was apprehended and he is a much younger man than this Tea Party member! What possesses anyone to pull such a stunt? Lynch mob intellect?

  • CTConservatives47

    Apology NOT accepted. After the Gaby Giffords incident, any sentient journalist should have known better. But Ross went with his liberal bias anyway because it has infected the lamestream media and there are not enough reporters with brains to control it. He should be fired and made an example of.

  • CTConservatives47

    Why do they hate the Tea Party so much? Because the Tea Party represents a grass roots movement united on the correct political principles that cannot be controlled by your typical political parties. Too many people have a vested interest in the status quo corruption, waste and fiscal irresponsibility that is Washington, DC and they don’t like having a group around that cannot be bought off. So they have to try to demonize them.

    The problem with the lamestream media is that it is dominated by leftists and any journalist who wants to “earn” and retain credibility within the newsroom must conform to the dominant ethos and toe the party line. And the vast majority are intellectually vacuous and unintererested in ferretting out the truth. John Stossel was a voice crying out in the wilderness at ABC. Political conformity is much easier and beneficial to one’s career. In the process, they assist the Obama administration in the political, moral, economic and fiscal destruction of America.

  • Beverly Beschner Kellerhals

    what the hell is wrong with our news reporters and their bosses to let such a dangerous thing happen..

  • ExposeDEMLiars

    If Brian Ross had any integrity he would resign…… Oh yeah, he’s a liberal…. so much for having integrity!

  • Beverly Beschner Kellerhals

    first of all fire that moron Brian Ross for doing such a stupid thing as to even name someone he knew nothing about. If harm should come to that man or his family, it is on his shoulders and ABC.. And they wonder why most people think the liberals are crazy, they are. If I were that person, I would have a lawyer and sue them for putting his life and the lives of his family in danger, How could someone be so reckless and stupid to do such a thing without all the true facts on a TV station that so many people watch. I used to be a fan, not anymore.

  • Foxmuldar

    Don’t these idiots know that the real James Holmes in in custody? ABC has a track record of reporting false information if it helps to slander the right. Have we not forgotten how ABC reported on the George Zimmerman arrest. ABC later back tracked on that but the damage was done. In any other line of work such an error would lead to a strong reprimand or dismissal. Don’t expect Ross to be discharged for his stupidity.

  • piersitter

    Did Brian Ross actually GO to journalism school? Or does he just play a journalist on TV? If I were the ‘other’ Holmes, I would spend the rest of my natural life suing ABC [fake] news!

  • ssales

    Let’s get a lawsuit filed for this man. Where do we start? Does anyone know an attorney in Aurora or Denver who will take this on full force?

  • eddyjames

    Get a good lawyer and sue,sue,sue. Brian Ross and ABC have got deep pockets.This ought to be worth a bundle to any good lawyer.And these leftist hacks need to pay big time.

  • richard40

    A friend of mine at work had instant speculations about the killer that are far more likely to be accurate than Biran Ross’s inevitable Tea Party accusation. He speculated the killer was trying to imitate a batman villian, like the Joker. Of course the Joker was more of an OWS anarchist type, so you would never see wild speculation like that on ABC.

  • Danno Mann

    Liberals hate the TEA Partys. So does the GOP. Why else are so many elected republicans quiet on this life threatening report? Where are the calls for an investigation?