Did the ABC reporter really just say there is a guy with CO shooters name in the tea party, but no idea if it's the same guy? Bad reporting.—
Sarah (@SarahDownSouth) July 20, 2012
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: