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Friday, July 20, 2012

So If You Don't Know if The Person You Are Naming is the Right Individual, Why Bring It Up?

....Because it fits your narrative.  In the wake of the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado last night during the premier of The Dark Knight Rises, the usual suspects try and tie the Tea Party to the suspect.  This from Joel Pollak at  Brietbart's Big Peace: where we see an exchange between ABC News chief investigator Brian Ross and host George Stephanopoulos talking about apparent suspect James Holmes:
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, the first place an ABC investigative reporter looks for a name is a Tea Party web site? Pollak notes turns out the James Holmes (the name of the suspect) mentioned on the Tea Party web site is in his 50's, and the description of the suspect, who is now in custody, is in his 20's. We are to believe that an investigative reporter could not have determined this before mentiong the tea party James Holmes?

As usual, it took no time for the gun ban lobby to post links on their web sites using the shooting to raise money and pushing their agendas.  The Brady Campaign has a graphic that gives the impression that they have a link to a statement expressing sympathy for the victims and their families, and a separate link explaining how "guns enable mass shooting" that actually is one hyperlink that takes you to a place to make a contribution.


Update: Via Politico, ABC News has apologized for "incorrect" Tea Party report.


Joe Citizen said...

The use of the quotes around 'incorrect' is to suggest that it wasn't a mistake at all.
That's paranoid at the least.
they were stupid, they got it wrong, and they admitted it, and corrected it.
Big whoop.

VSSA Legislative Chairman said...

It was stupid, but it was not a mistake. Ross went out with information that he knew had not been thoroughly researched as evidenced by his " we don't know if this is the same Jim Holmes" comment. That's not paranoid, it is a fact. And yes, it is a "big whoop" when a major media outlet goes out with information on an individual, who was not a suspect, simply because he had the same name and lives in the same locality.

Joe Citizen said...

I don't see this as a conspiracy, but as sloppy journalism. They quickly admitted the error, and corrected it promptly. If they had held on to the story for several hours before repudiating it, that would have looked bad.