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Should ABC Fire Brian Ross For Linking Colorado Mass Murderer To Tea Party
Examiner ^ | July 21, 2012 | Kevin Fobbs

Posted on 07/21/2012 1:10:38 PM PDT by Kfobbs

During a morning news segment of Good Morning America, Anchor George Stephanopoulos, and Brian Ross, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent erroneously and callously linked an innocent Colorado man with the same name to this tragedy without making any attempt at verification of his identity. His only “alleged crime” was being a member of the Tea Party.

So in an instant, the name of an innocent man was automatically linked to one of the most despicable acts of violence perpetrated against the nation’s citizens, and the Tea Party was demonized. This was done, because ABC’s Brian Ross neglected to follow the first essential rule of journalism 101, always, always check and verify your facts!

Make no mistake, this was not an innocent accident, because on previous occasions, former Clinton White House Political Advisor George Stephanopoulos has attempted to link or malign the Tea Party or Sarah Palin.

This was done most notably in after the assassination attempt upon U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen other people in Casas Adobes, just outside of Tucson, Arizona in January 2011. This type of gotcha journalism practiced at any cost must be stopped.

There is a limit where yellow journalistic practices by media organizations which continue to perpetrate an active and ongoing fraud of disinformation campaigns must be eliminated. The perpetrators must be fined, suspended or fired as was the case involving Dan Rather in 2004, when he aired falsified forged documents about President Bush on CBS ’60 Minutes.

ABC Brian Ross’ blurting out a clear un-validated libelous statement, showed an apparent intent to cast a dark ominous shadow on the Tea Party in the midst of a Presidential election years. Again, past was prologue in 2004, when Dan Rather’s equally sinister design was to place doubt and suspicion in the minds of an unsuspecting...

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1 posted on 07/21/2012 1:10:49 PM PDT by Kfobbs
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To: Kfobbs

This is a rhetorical question, right?


2 posted on 07/21/2012 1:12:29 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (This tagline for rent. Contact GeorgiaDawg32 for pricing and excellent financing options.)
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To: Kfobbs

Yes they should fire him.

Will they fire him? No.

And, their “out”, will be that, when Brian Ross and Stefanopolous (sp?) were chatting about this, Ross did say that someone with that name was a member of the Tea Party, but they didn’t know if it was the same person.

We all know what they were trying to do, but, if they go back and review the exact words, they will say that they said that it was not confirmed that it was the Tea Party guy who was the shooter.


3 posted on 07/21/2012 1:15:59 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Kfobbs

Why bother, the guy has hung himself right in front of me on so many occasions I can’t remember them all, but brian I remember without any credibility whatsoever.


4 posted on 07/21/2012 1:16:35 PM PDT by wita
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To: Kfobbs

If you fired every TV journalist for politicizing events, failure to check facts, and being an advocate for the Democrats, then ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN would just be dead air.

So, yes, fire him!


5 posted on 07/21/2012 1:16:47 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Kfobbs

Stephanopoulos and Ross are just a couple of old DNC political shills. They couldn’t help themselves. They were just doing what their massas down at the DNC want them to do. Attack, trash, insult and smear Americans.


6 posted on 07/21/2012 1:16:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Who is Barack Hussein Obama?)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Either:

1) The network should fire Brian Ross for editorial content, posing as a fact.

2) Viewers should turn off the network entirely.

3) Both.

Just saying. I go with “both”.


7 posted on 07/21/2012 1:17:26 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Kfobbs

“Should ABC Fire Brian Ross For Linking Colorado Mass Murderer To Tea Party”

No. He should be fired for putting an innocent man’s life in danger. The TEA Party has nothing to do with it. He named this man on national television and just as much as called HIM a mass murderer without an ounce of facts to back it up.


8 posted on 07/21/2012 1:20:26 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Not only should they fire him, but the FCC should take away ABC news divisions license for 1 year. Not only that, but the hours where the news was being broadcast, there should be a test pattern with the words, “ABC is not broadcasting at this time due to the unethical reporting by its news division.”

Know what I call that? The Fairness Doctrine.


9 posted on 07/21/2012 1:21:44 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

4) Mr. Holmes sues Brian Ross personally for as much as he can get.

I go with all of them. I understand he’s been getting threatening phone calls. He’s now in fear of his and his families lives.


10 posted on 07/21/2012 1:22:56 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (This tagline for rent. Contact GeorgiaDawg32 for pricing and excellent financing options.)
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To: Kfobbs

No, he should NOT be fired. In fact, ABC should hire dozens more just like him. The more the better!

More and more folks are turning off SlimeNewsIdiots on TV because of him and deeds like this; so by keeping him, this will continue...


11 posted on 07/21/2012 1:23:06 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Kfobbs

Yes, he should be expeditiously terminated, but it will never happen.


12 posted on 07/21/2012 1:24:13 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: Kfobbs

Given that the aggrieved man, and the killer have the same name, you’re going to have to come up with a much better argument that it was purposeful.


13 posted on 07/21/2012 1:25:55 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Kfobbs

The MSM are just dying to find a “tea party terrorist.”

They can’t wait to put that smear label on every patriot.

Ross and Snuffleupagus tipped their hand in their eagerness.

Again.


14 posted on 07/21/2012 1:28:14 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Let’s be correct...FCC licenses individual radio and television stations...they do not license networks.
Nonetheless, if this had been Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck or Laura Ingraham the media would be SCREAMING for their heads.


15 posted on 07/21/2012 1:30:15 PM PDT by Shady (The Tea Party is the Party of the American People, Working and creating wealth in SPITE of OBAMA!)
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To: Kfobbs

Of course he should be fired, but he won’t be.

Yet another reason CBS news is beneath contempt


16 posted on 07/21/2012 1:30:31 PM PDT by daku
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To: Kfobbs

What is this thing called “ABC News”?


17 posted on 07/21/2012 1:38:59 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Kfobbs
Holmes should sue and the network will decide if they want to keep Ross or not.

Left to themselves they aren't going to fire him.

Should they? Well, he did make a major mistake with the intent of smearing his political opponents, so yesterday I would have said yes.

But all these OWS rumors put things in a different light. Going with rumors and making smears is pretty much standard operating procedure nowadays.

Should Brian Ross be held to a higher standard and fired? Sure, but I can't get as indignant about it today as I did yesterday.

18 posted on 07/21/2012 1:42:10 PM PDT by x
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To: MestaMachine

Ross staked the Tea Party on an anthill but he put no one’s life in danger. Every news source was repoting the shooter to be in custody. This wasn’t like Spike Lee giving out Zimmerman’s address on Twitter. Just prior to Ross’ attack on theTea Party Steffi indicated the shooter was known and in custody.


19 posted on 07/21/2012 1:45:36 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: Kfobbs
ABC should fire Brian Ross just on principle.

The man is vile.

20 posted on 07/21/2012 1:46:59 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Kfobbs

Fire him.


21 posted on 07/21/2012 1:47:30 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Kfobbs
If they cared a whit about journalism, ethics or fairness, of course they would fire him; but since they don't, they won't.
22 posted on 07/21/2012 1:48:40 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
We all know what they were trying to do, but, if they go back and review the exact words, they will say that they said that it was not confirmed that it was the Tea Party guy who was the shooter.

The key is to get the words "Tea Party" and the event into the same sentence and allow the listener to make the association.

They did it here, they did it with the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, they did it with the airplane that flew into a building, it's SOP.

Never mind the fact that EVERY ONE of those events was in fact perpetrated by a leftist. The damage was done, deliberately.

23 posted on 07/21/2012 1:51:09 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Kfobbs

Uh, let me think on this.....

YES!


24 posted on 07/21/2012 1:51:15 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Kfobbs

I believe the orders to smear the Tea Party at every turn come straight from the White House.


25 posted on 07/21/2012 1:54:50 PM PDT by bergmeid (Leftism kills babies and economies. Leftism is truly a DEAD END.)
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To: Kfobbs; All
Brian Ross' Twitter... http://twitter.com/BrianRoss

George Stephanopoulos' Twitter... http://twitter.com/GStephanopoulos

Contact List Of ABC News Sponcors

Boycott ABC, ESPN and Disney Until ABC Fires George Stephanopoulos and Brian Ross

26 posted on 07/21/2012 1:55:29 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: Kfobbs
Our 1st Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech. But the constitutional guarantees we live by must be protected and observed to be preserved.

When felons are convicted they lose the constitutional right to own firearms. Subsequently when a low life like Brian Ross abuses the rights of free speech in what was akin to yelling "fire" in a crowded theater, he should (in my opinion) lose his freedom to work in journalistic endeavors.

27 posted on 07/21/2012 1:58:46 PM PDT by Baynative (A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for others)
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To: Kfobbs

Better not to fire him. Just keep bringing it up and bringing it up ad infinitum, then claim it’s Bush’s fault for making Brian say those nasty things.


28 posted on 07/21/2012 1:59:06 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: bergmeid

“I believe the orders to smear the Tea Party at every turn come straight from the White House.”

Yup. Speed dial & text messaging. Points out the information path quickly, though, and who is “connected.”


29 posted on 07/21/2012 2:00:52 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Thinking as wishful as those believing Willard will save us all.


30 posted on 07/21/2012 2:04:23 PM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Yes, the real question should be, ‘should they ONLY fire him?


31 posted on 07/21/2012 2:04:56 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Kfobbs
Saying; "For Linking Colorado Mass Murderer To Tea Party" obfuscates the real reason .. verbage ...

For willfully, with malice reporting a lie as truth.

Nail them on their lack of integrity, lack of honesty, lack of patriotism ... everything they've slung at us for 12 years.

Call 'em liars, 'cause they ARE.

Call 'em unpatriotic ..'cause they ARE

Call 'em unAmertican, 'cause they ARE.

STOP callin' 'em lefties and liberals ... they LOVE that.


Brian Ross is a LIAR and an unAmerican, unpatriotic enemy of America.

32 posted on 07/21/2012 2:05:17 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Travis McGee

Yes indeed!


33 posted on 07/21/2012 2:06:06 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Kfobbs
Brian and Stephie must be missing that part of their brains that would let them know that we with full brains are totally aware of their motives. Kind of like a 3 yr. old doing a magic trick, totally unaware that we all saw them put the coin in the other hand.
There is something missing from lefties, that is why you don't see many who are engineers, physicists, or doctors.
34 posted on 07/21/2012 2:12:34 PM PDT by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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To: Pharmboy
If they cared a whit about journalism, ethics or fairness, of course they would fire him; but since they don't, they won't.

You're right. Regardless what happens from this point forward, they have essentially admitted to the world that they don't care about those things. If they did, they would have fired him that morning or at the very least placed him on suspension. They could still fire him, but that would only be due to external pressure and not because of integrity.

35 posted on 07/21/2012 2:20:39 PM PDT by Humbug
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To: Kfobbs

Yes they should fire him, however they will just hire a more tame democrat strategist to take his place.


36 posted on 07/21/2012 2:22:10 PM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: Kfobbs

So-called investigative reporters should be held responsible for their actions.
They should have proof of anything that comes out of their mouth.

IF they are wrong there needs to be a big FRONT PAGE apology and a hefty fine.


37 posted on 07/21/2012 2:32:33 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's Welfare, Food Stamps, Division and Disability 'Legacy')
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To: Kfobbs

Keeping him gives us the ability to prove that ABC news is strictly an OPed site.


38 posted on 07/21/2012 2:38:34 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08. Right?)
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To: Kfobbs

Actually, what should happen is that the TEA Party should sue ABC and its employees for gratuitously associating the TEA Party with the Aurora Massacre.


39 posted on 07/21/2012 2:38:38 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Kfobbs

Actually, what should happen is that the TEA Party should sue ABC and its employees for gratuitously associating the TEA Party with the Aurora Massacre.


40 posted on 07/21/2012 2:38:38 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Kfobbs

I think they should keep him. We need him in the media to make fun of.


41 posted on 07/21/2012 2:38:47 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Kfobbs

All they are is propagandists using the only tool in their toolbox. Doing what they do best, smearing innocent people to advance their filthy politics.


42 posted on 07/21/2012 2:51:51 PM PDT by Bullish (Liars aren't always thieves but thieves are ALWAYS liars)
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To: wita

Why bother, you say?

Mr. Holmes should bother because the left will not let a “crisis” go to waste...they will nail you any way they can, if given the opportunity.

Mr. Holmes has the opportunity and the ammo to file a lawsuit against Ross, Stephanopoulos and their employers. I hope he goes for it. The left and their media need to be dealt with any time an opportunity comes up. Mr. Holmes need to go for the jugular. Go, Johnny, go!


43 posted on 07/21/2012 2:52:03 PM PDT by itssme
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

That’s the problem. He only had to put it out once. Now nutjobs are threatening an innocent man. And the apology was issued ON LINE instead of being broadcast. So there are a lot of people who missed that and will always believe the shooter was in the Tea Party.


44 posted on 07/21/2012 2:55:39 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To kin and former friends: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: Kfobbs

They should fire him for just being a moron.


45 posted on 07/21/2012 2:58:44 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kfobbs

Its idiotic reporting that is killing the mass media so you can say he is firing them all in the long run. The more garbage like this happens, the less people tune in to the lame stream media.


46 posted on 07/21/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Kfobbs

Yes.

Ross AND “Step on all of us.”


47 posted on 07/21/2012 3:15:17 PM PDT by hummingbird (Breitbart and Spartacus: here, there, everywhere.)
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To: Kfobbs
Saul Alynsky:

Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules.“You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

.

48 posted on 07/21/2012 3:26:42 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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49 posted on 07/21/2012 3:27:33 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Kfobbs

According to Edward Klein’s new book, The Amateur, Ross spilled the beans about Jeremiah Wright when his journalistic colleagues were conspiratorially keeping a tight lid on his identity and his relationship with Zero.

So, just in case he might do it again, I’d keep him around.


50 posted on 07/21/2012 3:28:56 PM PDT by Postman (It's time again: US out of the UN. UN out of the US. Zero to follow.)
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