July 20, 2012

BUT REMEMBER, THE BIG MEDIA FOLKS ARE “RESPONSIBLE,” NOT LIKE THOSE GRUBBY BLOGGERS: Brian Ross, media malpractice consequences: Falsely accused Tea Party member receiving threats.

Related thoughts from Ben Garrett: “ABC News was quick to link the accused shooter — James Holmes, 24, a med school dropout — to the Tea Party. Reporter Brian Ross rushed to the camera with his information after seeing a Jim Holmes of Aurora registered on Colorado’s tea party website, saying, ‘Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.’ Translation: We have no clue whether this guy is our guy but, hell, he’s got the same name and he’s from the same town, so let’s just say that he is. Linking mass murderers to the tea party is becoming old hat for the mainstream media, which also attempted to link Tucson shooter Jared Loughner to the tea party . . . except it turned out that Loughner wasn’t linked in any way to the tea party and was, in fact, liberal in his political ideologies. Not surprisingly, the media turned out to be wrong again; ABC News has since said that Ross’s report was incorrect . . . which, of course, underscores the inherent dangers of doing exactly what ABC News did.”