Shameful, ABC NEWS (Brian Ross & Stephanopoulos) Do No Investigative Journalism But a Google Search, But Jump to Conclusion that Dark Night Shooter James Holmes Linked to Colorado Tea Party Patriots … Never Contacted Tea Party, Gets it Wrong, ABC News Backtracks & Apologizes

 

SHAMEFUL, SIMPLY SHAMEFUL BUT WE HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO IT FROM THE LIBERAL, BIAS MSM …

Exactly what part about investigative journalism do Brian Ross and George  Stephanopoulos not understand? The liberal lame stream media was so quick to jump to a conclusion that James Holmes, the ‘Dark Night’ shooter who killed 12 movie go’ers last night and injured 70 while going on his shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado. So if ABC News did not know it was the same Jim Holmes and did not try to confirm it, why would they have reported it? Cab you say liberal irresponsible journalism?

ABC News has suggested that James Holmes — the suspect in today’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado — may have a connection to the Tea Party.

ABC’s Brian Ross reported this morning that there is “a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea party site… talking about him joining the Tea Party last year.”

“Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes,” Ross cautioned “but it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”

Great investigative journalism ABC, how difficult could it really have been to have called the the Colorado Tea Party to confirm that it was the same Jim Holmes? But no, you media hacks were salivating and wanted to believe it was a Tea Party member so that you could rail against them. Do you people have any conscience? Obviously you have no journalistic integrity. This is the extent of ABC News investigation, a google search that got them the following web page.  Not one call or email to the Colorado Tea Party Patriots to confirm that it was the same individual. Nope, no second source by ABC, they just went to the accusation hoping they were correct. As stated at Breitbart.com. what else would we expect from a corrupt media complex with a political agenda?

On Good Morning America, ABC News’ Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos suggested that the Tea Party might be connected to the mass shootings early this morning in an Aurora, CO theater during a screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. The mainstream media attempted to blame the Tea Party for the Tuscon shootings in January 2011, shortly after Republicans swept the midterm elections. Now, in the critical 2012 elections, the mainstream media seems poised to do the same–and ABC News has led the way.

Here is the exchange between Brian Ross and George Stephanolpoulos:

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.

So what was the result of ABC’s irresponsible journalism … they made 54 year old Jim Holme’s life a living hell.  They never once attempted to contact him on his web page to see if they had the wrong person. That would have been too much effort. Why know they truth when you can smear the Tea Party?

What kind of idiot makes that kind of statement?” Holmes told TheDC. “Really, seriously, how do we take a journalist seriously when it’s pretty clear they really haven’t done any sort of check on their facts?”

Holmes has the unfortunate coincidence of sharing a similar name with James Holmes, the 24-year-old accused of going on a rampage during a midnight showing of the “Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning.

Because of this, ABC News reporter Brian Ross, appearing on “Good Morning America” on Friday, suggested the suspect could be a member of the tea party, citing the fact that “there’s a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea Party site.”

But Ross had the wrong guy: The tea partier he was referring to is this 52-year-old former law enforcement officer. ABC News was forced to apologize online.

Holmes told TheDC that ABC News didn’t call him before going to air and he still hasn’t heard from them or received a direct apology. “No, not a thing,” he said.

ABC News would later apologize for their rush to judgement and poor reporting. However, their initial apology was hardly one at all. ABC News stated, tried to spread the blame around to “social media” and “members of the public”.

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. Several other local residents with similar names were also contacted via social media by members of the public who mistook them for the suspect.

Wait, after the firestorm from their screw up, ABC finally admits their fault of outing the wrong Jim Holmes and that they never vetted the story. Its not that you failed to vet a story, you creating journalistic malpractice.

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.

Wanna see what happens when you use ABC’s Brian Ross methodology of investigative journalism? From Glenn Beck come brilliant satire … Why does ABC New have employed an individual arrested for murder and sending sexually explicit photos and tests to teen girls? Hmm?

Charge one: Chris Davis was brutally killed and murdered he was found facedown in his pool.  Brian Ross has been arrested for the killing of Chris Davis

Charge Two: Brian Ross sent explicit photos and text messages to two teenage girls



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    12 Responses to “Shameful, ABC NEWS (Brian Ross & Stephanopoulos) Do No Investigative Journalism But a Google Search, But Jump to Conclusion that Dark Night Shooter James Holmes Linked to Colorado Tea Party Patriots … Never Contacted Tea Party, Gets it Wrong, ABC News Backtracks & Apologizes”

    1. Tamikosmom on July 21st, 2012 11:11 am

      Glen Beck turned the tables on ABC’s Brian Ross … ABC’s Brian Ross and his method of researching without confirmation.

      Can you just imagine the fallout from the liberal networks if conservative Beck was not atempting to make a point in this article.

      http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/07/20/abc%E2%80%99s-brian-ross-arrested-for-murder-sexual-related-charges/

    2. Tamikosmom on July 21st, 2012 11:17 am

      ABC’s Brian Ross, “Jim Holmes” and the Colorado Tea Party

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdwFnPB4C24

    3. paula on July 21st, 2012 11:18 am

      Shame on ABC!!! Between ABC and NBC giving false statements and information is becoming a regular thing. They seem to be apologizing weekly. Why not just report the truth the first time around – I thought that’s what they’re supposed to do. I have lost all respect for George and Brian.

    4. Scared Monkeys on July 21st, 2012 11:22 am

      Yup, this was a classic. From now on I will do the same thing every time the MSM falsely accuses and insinuates that a conservative or Tea Party folk is involved in a crime.

      I am certain this fool would not have done this if he had learned he was a card carrying Democrat, voted and campaigned for Obama.

      When will this sick, politically driven media understand that a mass murder is just that and above politics?
      R

    5. Scared Monkeys on July 21st, 2012 11:24 am

      Yup, the extent of their investigation was a Google search. That’s it. Think they would have taken the time to have emailed or contacted the page holder or the Colorado Tea Party patriot organization? Nope, that would have required work.

      And they say do not believe bloggers. Sorry, but the MSM can no longer be believed.
      R

    6. A Texas Grandfather on July 21st, 2012 3:06 pm

      A Great decision SM. The MSM is totally in the tank and are nothing more than a propaganda machine for the Socialist/Democrats.

    7. barbreee on July 21st, 2012 3:20 pm

      MSM is in such a hurry to be the first one to report, research doesn’t matter to them. Every news agency, national and local, goes on and on and on with the same non information. Every report goes on and on and on with what they don’t know, that there is no information, and yet it doesn’t shut them up. This is a tragedy of the most base kind, how does it help anyone to inundate the television and internet with replay after replay of the same limited information?

    8. rightknight on July 21st, 2012 4:52 pm

      State owned media fumble around grabbing
      at straws that fit their dictated agenda. It’s
      hard to chose one simple adjective that describes
      their inability to reason and actually investigate.
      Ignorant, stupid, lazy, brainwashed, inept, insecure,
      blind, captive, and….you can choose from these or
      come up with your own descriptor. This group of
      so called ‘reporters’ is not to be counted on for the
      truth under any circumstances.

    9. Just Bearly on July 22nd, 2012 11:33 am

      I think the guy would have a good class action suit for defamation.

    10. Amy Sparks on July 23rd, 2012 9:25 am

      So, to prove just how wrong Brian Ross was, you did the exact same thing to him that he did. Superb logic.
      ____________________

      Amy, are you referring to the following? You do realize it was satire, not reporting, right? That is brilliant logic, I am showing just how ignorant he was in doing what he did passing it off as news. I did not as a spoof, not actual news i would put forth to the public. C’mon man.

      When you use ABC’s Brian Ross methodology of investigative journalism? From Glenn Beck come brilliant satire … Why does ABC New have employed an individual arrested for murder and sending sexually explicit photos and tests to teen girls? Hmm?

      Charge one: Chris Davis was brutally killed and murdered he was found facedown in his pool. Brian Ross has been arrested for the killing of Chris Davis

      Charge Two: Brian Ross sent explicit photos and text messages to two teenage girls

      RED

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