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Bozell: ABC's Disgraceful Rush to Judgment on the Tea Party
NewsBusters.org ^ | July 20, 2012 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 07/20/2012 5:02:34 PM PDT by Kaslin

This morning, in the aftermath of the unspeakable Colorado massacre that claimed at least 12 innocent American lives and injured dozens more, ABC "news" investigative reporter Brian Ross appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and made the outrageous, irresponsible, and completely unfounded claim that the alleged gunman, 24-year-old Jim Holmes, is a member of the Tea Party. Apparently Ross has learned absolutely nothing from the media's disgraceful rush to judgment and dissemination of misinformation following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in January 2011.
 
That's twice now that the "news" media have falsely implicated the Tea Party in murder.

In his brazen attempt to smear the Tea Party, Ross speculated on national television to millions of viewers that Holmes was a member of the Tea Party based on a social media webpage. When it became apparent that this accusation was false, ABC offered an apology, but they chose to release it online where only a fraction of Good Morning America's misinformed viewers would see it. In addition, Ross had the gall to appear on ABC News to correct himself without offering an on-air apology.
 
Ross slandered every American even loosely associated with the Tea Party, and he owes them an apology. He must also apologize to Good Morning America's audience, the James Holmes he falsely implicated of mass murder, and, most of all, to each and every person in Colorado directly or indirectly affected by this horrific tragedy.
 
In a moment that demanded clarity of thought and purpose, Ross rushed to slander those with whom he does not agree politically, exposing the depths and darkness of his political prejudices. Shame on Brian Ross, and shame on ABC News for not yet demanding he look directly into the camera and beg forgiveness for politicizing this terrible event. Ross' meek Twitter apology is a cynically insincere slap in the face to us all.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: abc; abcnews; appallingdems; aurora; brianross; colorado; coloradoteaparty; jamesholmes; jimholmes; leftwingmassmurder; mediabias; speculation; teaparty

1 posted on 07/20/2012 5:02:42 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I hope Mr. Tea Party Holmes gets a good lawyer. Nothing would suit me more than to see a member of the biased liberal media get his comeuppance with a high price lawsuit.


2 posted on 07/20/2012 5:07:54 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Kaslin
They will blow it off as "that was soooo yesterday" let's move on to other things (lies).

As Mark Twain wrote:"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed"

3 posted on 07/20/2012 5:11:42 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: CedarDave

You have to wonder what goes through their minds.


4 posted on 07/20/2012 5:16:52 PM PDT by pepsionice
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WHERE is the outrage????? Steffy and Ross should be sumarily FIRED!
Is ANY other TV station calling for them to be fired??? Hell no, and do you know why? Because they all do the same damned thing!
I am seething at these Liberal POS media pukes!


5 posted on 07/20/2012 5:17:46 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: Kaslin

When are we NOT to find out the shooter was an Obama fan...


6 posted on 07/20/2012 5:19:30 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: Kaslin
he owes them an apology.

Frankly, I think he owes them a lot more than that. The media's cavalier approach to the truth borders on criminal. Failing an abject, groveling apology not only from the butt-clown who made the accusation but the editors who allowed it and the medium that transported it, I would strongly recommend pursuing a class action for slander.

7 posted on 07/20/2012 5:20:15 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Kaslin

Wasn’t Brian Ross solicitating sex from a 10 year old girl???? /sarc.

When will people shut the lying press down-—this Alinsky controlled MSM which tries to shape the opinions and “truth” of the masses—regardless of the Truth.

We need to force TRUTH—and facts only in MSM. Opinions should never be considered “news”.

Solzhenitsyn warned the USA in 78 that our “press” was no better than the agitprop in Soviet Russia. They lied and slandered and were not kept to any standard of Truth. The lying press which glorifies Marxism only (and dysfunction and victimhood) needs to be dismantled if we are to remain Free and informed.

Freedom of Press underlies Free society as does the 2nd Amendment. Marxists control what we see and hear—even in schools. We also need full freedom to practice our 2nd Amendment Rights.


8 posted on 07/20/2012 5:27:21 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: Kaslin

Where is the outrage? Well, where was the outrage at the Tucson mass-murder, in which the scumbag media accused Palin/Rush/Tea-Party for DAYS... while the GOP basically stood aside and were as quiet as church mice? That still burns me up, more than words can express.


9 posted on 07/20/2012 5:30:16 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Kaslin; mickie
I LOVE Brent Bozell. He's sharp as a tack.

No matter what the issue, Bozell GETS IT.

When he's on TV I stop whatever I'm doing.

They should have him on more often instead of wasting countless on-the-air minutes with leftist bozos like Juan Williams, Geraldo, that DemoRat big-mouth, Leslie Whatshername, and that Red college perfesser who spouts marxism with every sentence.

GO, BRENT!

10 posted on 07/20/2012 5:37:50 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Kaslin

Wait, wait...let’s not take Mr. Ross out of context.


11 posted on 07/20/2012 5:44:34 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: CedarDave

I would LOVE to see him sue. I think he probably has some grounds, since he was publicly slandered by a news source, with absolutely no foundation, and has suffered threats and harassment as a result.


12 posted on 07/20/2012 5:57:48 PM PDT by livius
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13 posted on 07/20/2012 6:03:18 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Kaslin; seekthetruth; Just A Nobody; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; ...
Ross is a real SOB. It's not the first time he's been seen maligning a conservative politician or organization on a whim, with only his prejudices but no substantiated facts to support his on air statement. This isn't news, it's sinister and biased speculation.

And if there was any doubt about his malicious mindset, he eschewed the opportunity to apologize on air after his idle speculation that the gunman might be a Tea Party member turned out to be false.

BTW, Mark Levin covered this Ross-Stephanopoulos story on his radio show tonight.

14 posted on 07/20/2012 6:19:12 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

” Ross is a real SOB. It’s not the first time he’s been seen maligning a conservative politician or organization on a whim, with only his prejudices but no substantiated facts to support his on air statement. This isn’t news, it’s sinister and biased speculation.”

Limousine leftist.


15 posted on 07/20/2012 6:21:06 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Kaslin

I see where he had to disconect his phone because of all the death threats coming in. I hope he sues and wins millions from the ABC.


16 posted on 07/20/2012 6:36:48 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Don't ever think that the reason I am peaceful is because I forgot how to be violent)
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To: pepsionice
You have to wonder what goes through their minds.

That's easy peasy: "Never let a crisis go to waste." Well, haste makes waste.

17 posted on 07/20/2012 6:46:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: MinuteGal

“”Leslie Whatshername, and that Red college perfesser who spouts marxism with every sentence.””

That’s Leslie Marshall but I don’t know who the Red college professor would be unless you’re referring to that blonde idiot from Occidental College in CA. I was thinking just this week we haven’t had to put up with her in a long time!!! I was hoping she was gone for good.

Just the fact she is at Occidental College tells us a lot about obozo’s former college in CA...Hmmmm. Did he NEVER go to a normal school?


18 posted on 07/20/2012 7:36:34 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Thank You Rush; mickie; flaglady47
I was thinking about that black commie perfesser guy that BOR has on regularly...just can't think of his name.

However, he and the blond idiot perfesser-ette whose name also escapes me are interchangeable in marxist ideology.......differentiated only by their skin color and sex.......and I'm not too sure of the latter.

Leni

19 posted on 07/20/2012 8:38:52 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks for the ping!


20 posted on 07/20/2012 9:44:18 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Kaslin

Rush calls an admitted slut, a slut, and caves in and apologises. This pos calls an innocent man a murderer, and shrugs his shoulders and figuratively says “what are you gonna do about it?” And he’s right, the left owns the MSM, and they have NO shame.


21 posted on 07/20/2012 9:56:26 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: CedarDave

I’d “Rather” he was fired.


22 posted on 07/21/2012 3:54:21 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: Kaslin

It is wrong to hate... so I despise abc, stuffoneupyourbutticus and ross just one notch shy of hate.

LLS


23 posted on 07/21/2012 5:38:00 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: greene66

Have you heard any elected republican make a pro TEA Party statement in defense of us... of any sort? It is THAT... that is telling.

LLS


24 posted on 07/21/2012 5:40:59 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: justiceseeker93

The old blood libel returns.


25 posted on 07/21/2012 2:48:33 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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