Shameful media malpractice: ABC's Brian Ross links Aurora theater shooter to Tea Party; Update: ABC admits no connection between shooter and Tea Party

Well, that didn’t take long.

In a grossly irresponsible segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Brian Ross told George Stephanopoulos that Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes may have joined the Tea Party last year.

Transcript via a tipster:

There is a Jim Holmes, of Aurora Co., 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.

Way to go, ABC! Solid reporting always includes the phrase “Now we don’t know.”

That’s right. You don’t know if it’s the same “Jim Holmes.” You don’t know how many guys named “Jim Holmes” live in Aurora. You don’t even know if James Holmes goes by the nickname Jim.

But hey, it was so much fun to use the Arizona shooting to smear the Right, why not toss out an unconfirmed Tea Party connection so the unhinged Left can run with it?

Here’s the Ning network page Ross felt was sufficient evidence to suggest a link between the shooting suspect and the Tea Party.

A Ning page. That was all the confirmation ABC needed. And it’s all the twisted Left needed to begin pinning the shooting on conservatives.

And of course, anyone responsible for a bloodthirsty massacre isn’t just a Tea Party member; he’s also a Rush Limbaugh fan.

The ghoulishly repulsive media impulse to politicize a tragedy like this is beyond shameful. And it’s likely just a small taste of what’s to come.



Quelle surprise — James Holmes has no affiliation with the Colorado Tea Party. ABC has walked back its earlier claim:

Editor’s Note: 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.

Once again, the lapdog media has demonstrated its gleeful recklessness with the truth. Despite the fact that we’ve come to expect this kind of behavior, we are nevertheless ceaselessly amazed by the lows to which the media will stoop to push a failed agenda. Despicable.


Brian Ross also tweeted his apology:

  • $24360087

    ABC will probably release the other James Holmes’ home address like NBC did to Zimmerman.

  • Dref

    Disgusting. It’s the anti-Tea Party crowd who are crazy. Crazy and morally sick.

    Notice how ABC’s first knee-jerk reaction was to try as hard as possible to find a Tea Party connection. How very predictable and classless.

    • SuperFash

      In the tank for you-know-who

  • CrossEyes

    If you google James Holmes Aurora CO you’ll see Jim Holmes is 60 yrs old, not 24. Nice way to spin your anti-tea party bias, Brian.

    • rivers

      Look at that, what you found in ten seconds on google eluded ABC’s “journalists”, they were “Still looking into that”. What, no google access at ABC? What a disgrace. Ross and Snuffalupagus should be fired.

    • Daisytoo

      And if you check him out on Facebook (wasn’t that the claim?) the ONLY Jim Holmes is a black man – no mention whatsoever about Tea Party membership. Sounds like Ross was doing a quick cover up of his racial prejudice w/his prejudice re: Conservatives.

  • Snarky D

    The name Brian Ross shows up on multiple sex offender registries in several states. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Brian Ross, we’ll keep looking at that.

    • James Atkins


    • Brance Spradlin

      Great post SnarkyD Love it !

    • RanierWest

      Thanks, SnarkyD. couldn’t fit that under 140 characters to attribute to you but that snark made it into Brian Ross’s Twitterverse.

      • rivers


    • rivers

      Awesome. Keep it up.

    • lainer51

      Awesome retort!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tom Moulthrop

      Not only that but Brain Ross is showing up on several idiot lists and we have confirmed that it is the same person.

    • Doug Neat

      LMAO awesome

    • Jeff Fleetham


    • Mitch Smith

      Wow! Brian Ross of ABC NEws is a multiple sex offender. Has anyone contacted Mr. Ross to explain his behavior?

  • Marc

    Time for a nice big lawsuit.

    • SuperFash

      This 80 yr old is the new Zaneta Gonzales! Sue Brian Ross & ABC.

  • Susan Ally

    Disgusting and, as bad as when NBC edited Zimmerman tapes and allowed Kanye West to falsely declare that ‘George Bush hates black people’ during a fundraiser for Katrina or CBS showing the false TANG memo.
    Now this 60 year old innocent man is a target for crazy network TV people who believe ABC’s false accusations!
    Network television is a worthless fraud built upon an industry full of lying creeps.
    If we stop watching their TV shows then these networks will fade into oblivion where they belong!

  • Jim Dandy

    I despise the Tea Party and everything they supposedly stand for but this is really irresponsible. Unles you are 100% sure you have no business speculating. The man was obviously mentally unstable – try to focus on the victims of this senseless violence and let the back story play out accordingly.

  • JWales

    To speculate and smear analogously as typical leftist ideologues: Sounds like the shooter is a left wing nut motivated by leftist anti gun hysteria and ideology, probably delusionally thought he was saving the world by killing a large number of people in a dramatic way which would give Obama the situation he needed to ban guns forever in the USA, likely a nightly watcher of MSNBC.

    Of course the vast numbers of wide spread racially motivated attacks by “urban youths” where whites have been brutally attacked, beaten, killed and the correlation to Dem race bating politics are somehow unnoticed by the Leftist/Liberal commenters.

  • midnightgolfer

    Isn’t it a little shameful, too, to keep pushing the headlines with the name of the movie?

  • Botzilla

    There is pretty good evidence that the shooter is actually a registered Democrat so I’m sure this story will go away very quickly. If you remember those so called right wing militia members in Ohio a few years ago, the left was all over that story until they found out they were Democrats and Bush haters, this is typical of the leftist media nowadays, blame it on the tea party first and then pretend like it didn’t happen when its proven false.

    • SuperFash


    • Ignatzfattis

      You mean the Hutaree:
      Many videos posted on the Hutaree’s website support several right-wing organizations, politicians, and news commentators. A former fiancee of Hutaree leader David Stone, has claimed that he was a “Ron Paul fanatic.”[12] Several of their site videos include coverage of Paul. Some of their videos claimed that the aims of the United Nations were hostile to American values and philosophy, and include various UN conspiracy theories included unsupported assertions that the UN leadership and the U.S. government were secretly plotting to subvert or destroy their own Charter Documents, namely the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
      …who told you they were Left Wingers?

  • DeBaliviere

    And what kind of “journalist” hears about a theater shooting and starts checking Tea Party sites? Were OccupyDenver sites searched as well?

    • SuperFash

      I think we know what kind of “journalist”

    • wtpeopleduh

      Sick…isn’t it?

  • BorderLine Guy

    Guess this is Brian Ross from ABC”News.” How could they hire him?

    • Charles

      ABC hired him because he fits their standards perfectly.

  • DeBaliviere

    With at least 49 James Holmes in Colorado, ABC/BrinoRoss rolled the dice on less than 2% odds to smear the Tea Party.
    Name AgeJames A Holmes 33James A Holmes 39James A Holmes 44James A Holmes 49James A Holmes 60James A Holmes 68James Allan Holmes 49James C Holmes 58James C Holmes 59James Curtis Holmes 76James D Holmes 48James D Holmes 75James D Holmes 77James D Holmes 80James Derek Holmes 50James E Holmes 37James E Holmes 43James E Holmes 67James F Holmes James F Holmes 75James F Holmes 75James G Holmes 59James Gregory Holmes 62James H Holmes 65James H Holmes 90James Holmes James Holmes 41James Holmes 54James John Holmes 38James K Holmes 33James Kenneth Holmes 61James Lee Holmes 41James Lynn Holmes 42James M Holmes 52James M Holmes 62James M Holmes 63James Michael Holmes 46James Nmi Holmes 40James Paul Holmes 54James R Holmes 42James R Holmes 90James Richard Holmes 40James Richard Holmes 59James Robert Holmes 66James S Holmes 69James T Holmes 38James T Holmes 55James W Holmes 70James Wesley Holmes 43

  • SuperFash

    Any search by Brian Ross in the Dems’ websites for a James Holmes?

    • stuckinIL4now

      Turns out the guy had been registered as a Dem.

  • Joel A. Edge

    Fox ran a crawl stating the pentagon could find no connection between the shooter and the military. Thank God for that. I won’t have to read endless posts in the media about crazed military.

  • John Q Citizen

    How about this for all you dumshitz. The shooter was enrolled in CU Boulder as a med student until recently. Boulder (for those who don’t know) is the bastion of liberalism in Colorado. I wonder what kind of drivel those liberal professors filled his head with. Care to bet we find out that he’s one of those Occupy protestors??????

    • Daisytoo

      Same school that the fake Indian, Ward Churchill, spread his hatred when he referred to the WTC victims of 9/11 as ‘little Eichmanns’. Maybe not so coincidentally, Churchill’s Leftist rants can be found @

  • Brance Spradlin

    Fire this guy is all I can say…and the producer that probably put him up to it. Sick of the national lamestream media pulling this crap !

  • Bob Borowick

    Stop it!! people were killed!

  • Bruce Beemer

    If we are to boycott Chick-fil-A for unproved allegations of anti-gay policies, then here, with admitted mistakes, should we ALL boycott all ABC programming? Huh? Let’s hear about it!

  • Mark Canfield

    This is just standard for ABC. Always Broadcasting Crap. They will say anything at all just to bash the conservatives of this country. If this turns out to not be true will the infamous Brian Ross do a retraction?

  • Michael Baker

    This is all Obama’s fault. If he had fixed the economy and all the other things he promised during the last election there would be far less turmoil in America and this tragedy might not have occurred. I know that this is not true but it is the same as blaming the Tea Party, guns or anything other than the s…head who did the shooting. Why don’t we blame the perpetrator for a change.

  • dickbivin

    I found 18 people named Brian Ross in Colorado, maybe he is linked to the shooting.

  • John Vaughn

    Woah. What are the chances Michelle? You “wishful-think” for this sort of thing, day in
    and day out in your blogs.

    What are the chances of something like this happening, while you are vacationing right down the road in Colorado Springs.

    At least you distanced yourself far enough away in land miles. Can’t wait for your “exclusive” slog on this one.

  • Rorschach256

    Jim Holmes should sue the crap out of ABC and Brian Ross specifically. I will contribute money to his legal prosecution fund.

  • Ronnie Skipper

    And who is surprised with what the left will do? At times like these, the country needs to be pulling together and not practicing political manuevers. Brian Ross, you are a jerk and should resign your presence from the public.

  • lurchgs

    Holmes is a post-doctoral neuroscience student. We should outlaw neuroscience and movie theaters

  • Julia Smith

    The insanity continues. Are we going to start giving the political affiliation of every criminal now or the rumors that Criminal A was a Democrat, Criminal B was a Libertarian, Criminal C is a Republican. Should we do a statistical anaysis? Does the FBI keep a political affiliation count of crimes commited in the country?

  • James Hobson

    I understand that native Californian Holmes has financial ties to BP. He was reportedly giving to BP money under the pretense of buying gasoline. It is also believed that he has ties to vegetables, television and and bottled water.
    Other possible ties are to leftist groups associated with the OCCUPY terrorists >>

  • James Hobson
  • wtpeopleduh

    Disgusting…there better be outrage on the left!! Why is it ONLY they can jump to conclusions and never be reprimanded? I guess with the name Holmes he must be hung like a tea pot too?

  • emily

    I’m glad ABC did that- just shows the whole world how transparent the scumbags in the liberal media are!

  • rivers

    David Burge @iowahawkblog has found all kinds of crimes attributed to Brian Ross. No word from Ross yet, so I guess we can’t be know for sure if it is him!

  • FxNFrnd

    Maybe we should all tweet Ross and crash his system. We also need to fill ABC’s mailbox calling for the fireing of Ross and Stephanopolus. A nice boycott against ABC would be nice. And they call themselves News reporters. Wonder if they looked into the OWS members listing for a James Holmes. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  • CT

    Hey, George Steponallofus could well be a felon. The LA Times reported in 1995 he was arrested with leaving the scene of an accident, and driving with a suspended license. Sounds like a scofflaw to me.

  • John Vaughn

    Hey Michelle. What do you construe from the comments made by republican rep Louie Gohmert and his religious-based theory on and in the aftermath of the Aurora, CO shooting. This one has really got to sizzle your bacon, huh ?

  • Daisytoo

    The ONLY Aurora, Co Jim Holmes to show up on FB is a black man – no mention of Tea Party membership. Sounds to me like Brian Ross was covering up his racial prejudice via his prejudice against Conservatives. What else is new?

  • slyefocks

    Typical of the so called main stream media’s brainwashing of the public – after all, ABC along with CBS, NBC, CNN & Al Jazeera are all part of “Amerika’s TASS who happens to be the propaganda ministry for comrade/mullah Barry Soetoro (aka Barak Hussein Obama)!!!

  • lainer51

    Everyone on that faux news channel affiliated with this story needs fired and sued for slander.

  • Dave Williams

    Brian Ross is not responsible for this mistake. Someone else built the roads he used to get to the studio. And ABC News can’t be responsible since they were once part of NBC. And of course the latter was up until recently owned by GE, whose CEO heads up the Regimes’ Jobs Council, which hasn’t met in six months. Can’t blame them because there would be no need for a Jobs Council if it weren’t for Bush. Thus the error is the fault of Bush, not the heroic Ross.

  • David Dodge

    What do you expect from one of the “pravda” networks in the us lol

  • MatthewD

    Didn’t anyone besides Brian Ross see the scientific study about the Tea Party? It concluded that people who balance their checkbook on a regular basis are mostly to be white, and likely to bring shotguns into a movie theater. Lol!

  • Jim Austin

    ABC lies. What a shock.

  • $1718659

    Brian Ross? Huh – never heard of him.

  • Jeff Fleetham

    Sounds like a criminal act. PLEASE PLEASE, will someone with the understanding and knowledge put together a legal team to sue Brian Ross in to a homeless shelter. Get a few buck from ABC as well.

  • Dan Richards

    Why did they go to the Tea Party first