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Exclusive: Interview With James Michael Holmes, Hispanic Tea Party Member Falsely Accused by ABC
Big Government ^ | July 20, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak

Posted on 07/20/2012 11:26:26 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Breitbart News spoke to James Michael Holmes, the Tea Party member falsely identified this morning by ABC News' Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America as the possible suspect in the mass shooting early this morning at a screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. He is a 52-year-old Hispanic conservative who joined the Tea Party after becoming disillusioned with the Republican party.

"It was freaky," said Holmes, describing his reaction when ABC News speculated that he was the culprit who entered a crowded theater and opened fire on dozens of innocent men, women, and children. He disconnected his telephone and says that he is worried about members of his family who might be contacted by the media.

ABC News has since corrected its initial report, but tried to share the blame with "social media" and "members of the public" at first:

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.

Now the correction has been updated, with ABC News and Brian Ross taking full responsibility, and apologizing:

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: abcnews; apology; aurorashooting; batmanshooting; brianross; enemedia; hispanics; ignorantmedia; jamesholmes; jimholmes; mediabias; mediamalpratice; mediots; oops; presstitutes; teaparty
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1 posted on 07/20/2012 11:26:30 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Typical of the media. They shoot from the hip and then say “whoopsie” our bad? Now this poor guy will be harassed by who knows who because of them.


2 posted on 07/20/2012 11:29:24 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Any one named Holmes that was contacted by the media assuming they were the shooter needs to sue the crap out of that media,apology or not.This crap is out of control especially when the shooter was in custody


3 posted on 07/20/2012 11:31:55 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hold ‘em accountable.


4 posted on 07/20/2012 11:32:52 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mr. Holmes, may I suggest you say nothing more and contact the most rabid, media-hating lawyer you can find...

and sue the obama out of them. Go for the jugular, they certainly wouldn’t hesitate to do the same to you.


5 posted on 07/20/2012 11:34:16 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: t1b8zs

This is now the DNC’s worst nightmare... put a HISPANIC TEA PARTY member on every news outlet whom was FALSELY accused by the Leftist Lame media!


6 posted on 07/20/2012 11:34:16 AM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: Free ThinkerNY

LIBEL.


7 posted on 07/20/2012 11:35:09 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Yet another example of a kneejerk reaction by one of Barry 'RAT toadies in the state run "media".

"Never let the truth or the facts get in the way of a good America-bashing story!" - The journalists' Hypocritic Oath.

8 posted on 07/20/2012 11:37:01 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Who is Barack Hussein Obama?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Instead of issueing a statement Ross should be apologizing on the air every 5 minutes.


9 posted on 07/20/2012 11:38:32 AM 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: Free ThinkerNY

Proof? We don’ need no steenking proof. We’re with the MSM.


10 posted on 07/20/2012 11:38:44 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: the invisib1e hand

LIBEL.


MALICE...anti-Tea Party and racist media


11 posted on 07/20/2012 11:39:56 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You can’t un-ring a bell.

Were I king, I would shut down ABC and launch an IRS investigation into all corporate officers, employees, and advertisers.


12 posted on 07/20/2012 11:41:18 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

An expensive lawsuit has a chance of getting Brian Ross fired. And there’s no denying that ABC has the kind of deep pockets ambulance chasers have wet dreams about. Which is why ABC and Ross both apologized. Hopefully too late for them to avoid paying out a bunch of cash to Holmes.


13 posted on 07/20/2012 11:41:29 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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14 posted on 07/20/2012 11:41:29 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: MichaelCorleone
Mr. Holmes, may I suggest you say nothing more and contact the most rabid, media-hating lawyer you can find... and sue the obama out of them. Go for the jugular, they certainly wouldn’t hesitate to do the same to you.

I agree. When a conservative apologizes for something, it's never good enough, it's never accepted. No amount of apologies are considered sufficient. The person is expected to pay for it with their career. The same should apply here. Take these bastards for every cent they have!

15 posted on 07/20/2012 11:43:41 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: pfflier

Emotional attacks rather than logical ones....it’s lynch mob politics. It is promoted by liberalism.


16 posted on 07/20/2012 11:44:49 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Defeat Obama. Everything else is secondary)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Even breitbart seems to think that identifying this guy as an Hispanic is more important than identifying him as an American. The left has won in battle of taking control of our discussions.


17 posted on 07/20/2012 11:45:09 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If i was this guy I’d be telling ABC to get their checkbook out.


18 posted on 07/20/2012 11:45:21 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: t1b8zs

I’ve never sued anyone, but I sure do agree with you. The MSM need to be restrained from their libelous behavior.


19 posted on 07/20/2012 11:45:21 AM PDT by kitkat
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The apology part: "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." ...is a TOTAL LOAD OF CRAP.

While it may be true that they got the information from outside the ABC organization, that doesn't excuse the fact that they friggin tripped over themselves to report it, rather than investigate first. The whole focus of the "apology" is to blame the source rather than their own libtard agenda for making them careless and irresponsible.

20 posted on 07/20/2012 11:49:15 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Today if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. RReagan)
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To: raybbr

[ Even breitbart seems to think that identifying this guy as an Hispanic is more important than identifying him as an American. The left has won in battle of taking control of our discussions. ]

We have to use the enemies’ own tools against them!

They are the ones that always list race and pit the Hispanics against the Tea Party in ALL OF THEIR NARRATIVES!

Stating the race of this man and the fact that he is a Tea Party member DESTROYS their BLATANTLY FAALSE narritive.


21 posted on 07/20/2012 11:49:57 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: SkyDancer
Now this poor guy will be harassed by who knows who because of them.

A personal civil action against Brian Ross would appear to be in order.

22 posted on 07/20/2012 11:50:31 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Free ThinkerNY
An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect,

The media was just hoping beyond hope that this was true.

23 posted on 07/20/2012 11:52:24 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Brian Ross is such an idiot.

He should be fired over this.


24 posted on 07/20/2012 11:52:36 AM PDT by miserare
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Make ABC squeal in pain at the size of the check they’ll be forced to write.


25 posted on 07/20/2012 11:52:49 AM PDT by JPG (Whatever semantics are used, it is still a TAX.)
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To: SkyDancer

I am glad he is on our side! Godspeed Mr. Holmes.


26 posted on 07/20/2012 11:53:31 AM 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: Buckeye McFrog

I agree...Mr. Holmes should sue for an amount that makes ABC squeal like pigs...Ross and Georgie should be fired.


27 posted on 07/20/2012 11:53:44 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Robwin

Remember, it’s the narrative that’s important - not the facts.


28 posted on 07/20/2012 11:55:37 AM PDT by Noumenon (I will not pay the Obama jizya.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ll still never get over the incendiary way the media tried to make Palin complicit in the Tucson mass-murder. Within hours, the media’s constantly rotating video loop was of footage of blood on the pavement, Giffords, a photo of the little girl who was killed, and Sarah Palin walking up on stage at a Tea Party rally. Over and over again. It was akin to Soviet or Nazi-era propaganda films and the way visuals were manipulated to tie separate things together, and deliberately arousing intense emotions of hatred.

Anyway, I hope this gent goes ballistic on the media. They are evil scum.


29 posted on 07/20/2012 11:55:55 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sue them, Mr. Holmes. Sue them till they bleed from the ears.


30 posted on 07/20/2012 11:56:49 AM PDT by jagusafr
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To: Buckeye McFrog

You would have thought the media would have learned by their Martin/Zimmerman fiasco. But no .....


31 posted on 07/20/2012 11:58:45 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: Shady

You would have thought the media would have learned by their Martin/Zimmerman fiasco. But no .....


32 posted on 07/20/2012 11:59:18 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: MissMagnolia
Doesn't help their case that the MSM desperately wanted it to be true. They still hope everyone forgets their coverage of the blame the Tea Party for the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shooting.
33 posted on 07/20/2012 12:04:43 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

“actual malice or reckless disregard” for the truth?”

Did ABC, through its agents George S. et al., demonstrate the above?
Possibly. They wanted to smear the Tea Party. Smearing a large amorphous group like the Tea Party is one thing while defaming an individual is another.
Georgie-boy may have left ABC open to a defamation lawsuit. Liability will turn on the basis ABC had for pointing a finger at JM Holmes. (And he’s `Hispanic’ Heh heh heh)


34 posted on 07/20/2012 12:08:14 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Is this guy a “white” Hispanic?


35 posted on 07/20/2012 12:08:18 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: raybbr

It’s a tactic.

It’s a given he is an American.

The left needs to have it drilled into them that not only did they libel a tea partier, but also one of their protected classes, an Hispanic.


36 posted on 07/20/2012 12:08:35 PM PDT by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: GraceG

So true, we need to be as loving as a dove but as cunning as a wolf, fight them on their turf, yet rise above them, it can be done!


37 posted on 07/20/2012 12:09:25 PM PDT by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Finally joined the NRA this morning. WHY? Because I’m well aware of all the usual suspects that will be coming out of the wood work, and realized it’s time to put up, or shut up.


38 posted on 07/20/2012 12:10:02 PM PDT by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: SkyDancer
the "media" is not looking to learn, they are focused on instructing. They like to use the "in the effort to get the story out first, yaddayaddayadda was not properly vetted" line but it is cr@p.

How many major news items are ignored by the MSM because the truth does not support their ideology?

I'm getting an image of Winston Smith editing history to fit with the current political truth

39 posted on 07/20/2012 12:11:42 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I just got an automated response from ABC:

“Thank you for writing to the ABC TV Network headquarters. Your request and/or comments should be made to your LOCAL STATION directly.

You can find information on how to contact your local ABC affiliate:

Go to ABC.com
Go to the bottom of the page and click on “FAQ”
Click on General Questions
Click on Question #2
Click on “nationwide affiliate map”
Follow the instructions to get the website, address and phone number for your local ABC station.

Note: The Company’s long-established policy does not allow us to accept for review or consideration any ideas, suggestions, or creative materials not solicited by us or our subsidiaries. Therefore, in the event that you have submitted such content, please be advised that the submission has been forwarded to the Company’s legal department for handling.”

IOW no response at all.


40 posted on 07/20/2012 12:12:11 PM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: Mr. Wright

I was looking for that post.


41 posted on 07/20/2012 12:12:11 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: raybbr

I’m sure they did it in purpose and for obvious reasons.... I highly doubt it had anything to do with being politically correct....


42 posted on 07/20/2012 12:15:29 PM PDT by DrewsMum
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To: raybbr

The fact that he is Hispanic is germane to the discussion, because the media wants to portray the Tea Party as a white supremacist organization. Therefore, anytime we can highlight the fact that it isn’t, we undermine the media narrative.


43 posted on 07/20/2012 12:19:35 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Before this is all over, former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes will probably be contacted and asked if he knows the shooter.

There is a reason they are called the ‘enemedia’, ‘enemy’ + ‘media’ that needs an ‘enema’.

Dumb asses.


44 posted on 07/20/2012 12:24:48 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Republic Rocker
I think Mr. Holmes needs to issue a statement:

"It's sad that that in the midst of this tragedy the liberal media is falling back, as they have done in the case of George Zimmerman, on the democratic notion that Hispanic males are automatically guilty when they can be associated with violence. This same stereotype of Hispanic males as heartless killers was persued by the White House in their Fast and Furious operation, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. It is a notion that the White and their press surrogates should abandon as it serves neither justice or truth."

45 posted on 07/20/2012 12:25:54 PM PDT by In Maryland (Don't Send Law Enforcement to a gunfight carrying BEANBAGS!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So he’s a “White” Hispanic.


46 posted on 07/20/2012 12:26:58 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A comment made on another site....lol

“The name Brian Ross shows up on multiple sex offender registries in several states. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Brian Ross, we’ll keep looking at that.”


47 posted on 07/20/2012 12:34:00 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He and the Tea Party should sue the as*es of of ABC NEWS, DISNEY, and Brian ROSS and Georgie Stepinitpolis! Oughta demand they are FIRED as well! This isn’t the first or hundreth time as well that these two have pulled this kind of Defamation for their own Political Agenda!


48 posted on 07/20/2012 12:39:26 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

James Michael Holmes != James Eagan Holmes (Dec. 13, 1987)

What qualifies Brian Ross to be a reporter?


49 posted on 07/20/2012 12:43:04 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.

That's just it. By ABC standards, it was properly vetted. They presented the story first to their political editor/officer who reviewed it and said, "This is exactly the political angle we are looking for. Go ahead and run it".

50 posted on 07/20/2012 12:43:37 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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