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Colorado tea partier describes ‘surreal’ day of wrongly being linked to Batman massacre
The Daily Caller ^ | 07/20/2012 | Alex Pappas

Posted on 07/20/2012 3:57:53 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike

Colorado Tea Party Patriots member Jim Holmes told The Daily Caller in a Friday interview that his day has been “surreal” after falsely being linked to the Batman movie massacre in Colorado by an on-air ABC News reporter.

“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, Colorado early Friday morning.

Because of this, ABC News 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, Colo., 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.

“They could’ve contacted me through the Tea Party Patriots website,” said Holmes, who said he only recently joined the group and started attending lectures. (RELATED: Tea party leader tells media to stop ‘reckless and false’ reporting)

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/20/colorado-tea-partier-describes-surreal-day-of-wrongly-being-linked-to-batman-massacre/#ixzz21CQfGw1d


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: drivebymedia; enemedia; lsm; teaparty
James Holmes, future 1-percenter care of Brian Ross and ABC News.
1 posted on 07/20/2012 3:58:00 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike
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To: Hotlanta Mike

“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?”

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lolol. What kind of idiot indeed!

Get an attorney, sir. Sue the bastidges.


2 posted on 07/20/2012 4:00:16 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I’m not a fan of lawsuits but in this case I think he should lawyer up and sue their a$$e$ off. Take a bite out of media jackals.


3 posted on 07/20/2012 4:02:30 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

And since when has any “journalist” ever checked their facts before reporting? How many people in and around Aurora have the same or similar name? They go and find a guy who’s a TP member and say “yep, he’s the guy” ...


4 posted on 07/20/2012 4:02:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: Responsibility2nd

ABC News and the Urinalist.


5 posted on 07/20/2012 4:03:10 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Once again, the TP exposing the ugly lying deceitful media who has no intentions of apologizing for what they did because they wanted to do it!

A basket of fruit and have him on their show for a public apology since their accusation was public doesn’t register with LIARS.


6 posted on 07/20/2012 4:05:45 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Hotlanta Mike

My attorney and I would already be doing the paperwork on Brian Ross, George Stephanopoulos, ABC News, or anyone else remotely involved in this fiasco. To make statements about a private individual without first obtaining the facts (especially for someone associated with the national news media) is absurd, defamatory, and inexcusable. They ought to be sued, then the individuals fired.


7 posted on 07/20/2012 4:07:03 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: Hotlanta Mike
LOL...Even Mother Jones is saying, "Time for Brian Ross to find a New Job".
8 posted on 07/20/2012 4:07:52 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Don't forget George Snuffalofagus.........

Sue that idiot too!!!

9 posted on 07/20/2012 4:08:04 PM PDT by Envisioning (Call me a racist........, one more time..........)
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To: TigersEye

I think that’s the only way to curtail their deliberate false reporting of TP and conservatives - slam them with lawsuits.


10 posted on 07/20/2012 4:10:42 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Brian Ross and ABC will soon lose both their lunch and their lunch money. Stay hungry, Mr. Holmes.


11 posted on 07/20/2012 4:16:38 PM PDT by JPG (Whatever semantics are used, it is still a TAX.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

WOW! LOL is right.


12 posted on 07/20/2012 4:18:01 PM PDT by PA Engineer ("We're not programs, Gerty, We're People")
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To: Hotlanta Mike

P*ng.


13 posted on 07/20/2012 4:18:33 PM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Can’t help but trip over themselves to be the first to please masta ‘Bama. Could be an 8 figure settlement.


14 posted on 07/20/2012 4:22:04 PM PDT by kevcol
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To: Hotlanta Mike

That the shooter was a Tea Party member will achieve urban myth status just as Tina Fay’s inane comments have attached themselves unshakeably to Sarah Palin. ABC will never widely admit their wrong-doing


15 posted on 07/20/2012 4:22:34 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Stupid ABC - they were wishin’ and hopin’. Just didn’t turn out as planned now, did it?


16 posted on 07/20/2012 4:26:17 PM PDT by babyfreep
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To: babyfreep

17 posted on 07/20/2012 4:27:18 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

An apology should be the FIRST thing to come of Diane Sawyer’s otherwise worthless piehole at 6:30 EST this evening...


18 posted on 07/20/2012 4:31:35 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Brian Ross is exactly what is wrong with the media today. They see something horrible happen and want to use it to their advantage to trash Republicans. This James Holmes should sue the pants off of ABC, this an was absolutely deliberate act on their part


19 posted on 07/20/2012 4:35:45 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Hotlanta Mike

What passes for ‘the media’ these days: reports what it should not, doesn’t report what it should.


20 posted on 07/20/2012 4:35:57 PM 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: bcsco

My attorney and I would already be doing the paperwork on Brian Ross, George Stephanopoulos, ABC News, or anyone else remotely involved in this fiasco. To make statements about a private individual without first obtaining the facts (especially for someone associated with the national news media) is absurd, defamatory, and inexcusable. They ought to be sued, then the individuals fired.


And one could show MALICE, because the motivation to rush putting this info on the air was the fact that this name was associated with the TEA PARTY for which the news media wants to attempt to discredit and link to extremists.


21 posted on 07/20/2012 4:38:31 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: bcsco
If I ever hear about someone suing the Associated Press for libel, I will want to make a serious contribution to their legal fund.
In this case I think it is essentially limited to a single network - but if you reflect on it, the libel is not merely for the particular individual but actually intended as a smear of the Tea Party movement.

22 posted on 07/20/2012 4:41:17 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: bcsco
If I ever hear about someone suing the Associated Press for libel, I will want to make a contribution to their legal fund.
In this case I think it is essentially limited to a single network - but if you reflect on it, the libel is not merely for the particular individual but actually intended as a smear of the Tea Party movement.

23 posted on 07/20/2012 4:42:05 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

I remember the day Gabrielle Giffords was shot. We heard the news on the radio as we were driving home from shopping at Walmart. I told my husband, “Oh; they’re going to blame the Tea Party.” We turned on the TV when we arrived at home 15 minutes later and, sure enough, the Tea Party was being blamed. They can’t help themselves, even though they’re NEVER right, and they ALWAYS look stupid.

Turns out the shooter was pretty much a-political, but lib leaning. (Aren’t they always?)


24 posted on 07/20/2012 4:44:08 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Hotlanta Mike

It’s ABC. I’m surprised they didn’t say, “Jim Holmes, Tea Partier and former porn star.”


25 posted on 07/20/2012 4:47:45 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
ABC News reporter

People at ABC (and other MSM establishments) aren't "news reporters", they're DNC propagandists.

26 posted on 07/20/2012 4:57:45 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Hotlanta Mike

ABC apologized “online”?

Real men, eh


27 posted on 07/20/2012 5:12:17 PM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Crystal clear case of slander.

Enjoy your enhanced retirement bankroll, Jim!


28 posted on 07/20/2012 5:12:42 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Cementjungle

“People at ABC (and other MSM establishments) aren’t “news reporters”, they’re DNC propagandists.”

Hear!Hear!


29 posted on 07/20/2012 5:17:23 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: FlyingEagle

Dear ABC bobo reading this site for “assessment” and “weighing opinions.” Tell Ross that the decent thing for him to do now is to resign. Today.


30 posted on 07/20/2012 5:20:54 PM PDT by Minnesota fox
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To: All

31 posted on 07/20/2012 5:22:39 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Irenic

As crazy as it with the media and fawning over Obama and Dems these pasts few years, it scares me to think that Brian Ross will not got fired or suspended but he will be awarded the position of moderator for Presidential debates this year....and Republicans would just say OK...


32 posted on 07/20/2012 5:41:02 PM PDT by Engedi
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To: MayflowerMadam

I remember, too, the day Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson.

That night, David Muir, ABC News anchor twerp, was giving the news because it was a weekend.

David Muir said he asked Giffords’ father who would want to shoot her. “I’ll tell you who would want to shoot her,” Muir quoted the congresswoman’s father as saying, “The whole damn TEA Party.” I nearly smashed the TV.

Every TEA Party in Arizona should have sued that idiot David Muir, ABC News, and the father of Gabby Giffords.


33 posted on 07/20/2012 5:54:53 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (January 20, 2013.....The End of an Error)
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To: TigersEye

“I’m not a fan of lawsuits but in this case I think he should lawyer up and sue their a$$e$ off. Take a bite out of media jackals”

Ditto—what you said!


34 posted on 07/20/2012 6:00:25 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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35 posted on 07/20/2012 6:01:30 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

It’s not too late!


36 posted on 07/20/2012 6:03:23 PM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
I'd just like to point out that Brian Ross is a registered sex offender.
37 posted on 07/20/2012 6:07:17 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Sue the bastidges.

With extreme prejudice!

38 posted on 07/20/2012 6:09:10 PM PDT by Blogatron (Brought to you by The American Frog Council; 'Frog - The other green meat')
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Lawyer up!! And make em pay $$$$$


39 posted on 07/20/2012 6:10:37 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Did a quick search for James Holmes myself as soon as the name broke. Found one in Aurora, but his age was in the 50’s. Then found another one who was black who had listed Winston Churchill as one of his heros. Did not mention those guys at all to any freeper threads.
40 posted on 07/20/2012 6:28:27 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: presently no screen name; freeangel
I think that’s the only way to curtail their deliberate false reporting of TP and conservatives - slam them with lawsuits.

I think you're right. Nothing else seems to even slow them down.

41 posted on 07/20/2012 7:53:55 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"Needless to say, it turned out that this wasn't the guy. I don't normally call for people's heads for making a mistake, even a bad one, but this is really beyond the pale. What kind of reporter says something like this on national TV despite knowing full well that he has no idea if he's pegging the right person? Is there really any good reason Ross should still be employed by ABC News by the close of business today?"

I happened to tune in for the tail end of this fiasco this morning. George Stephanopolis was the war room chief for Clinton. Does anyone doubt that he and his crew (ABC/DEMS/OBAMA) orchestrated this? I don't. Ross should definitely go but Stephie looked like he was going to pee his pants he was so happy he could quote Ross and under the color of "urinalism." This was all orchestrated.

42 posted on 07/20/2012 10:26:24 PM PDT by Smokeyblue
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