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Why Hasnít Brian Ross of ABC News Been Fired?
Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 07/23/2012 7:27:27 AM PDT by Kaslin

I try not to spend too much time complaining about media bias, mostly because it doesn’t do any good.

But I have had a couple of posts about the topic, usually when there’s a hopelessly outrageous example on an issue I care about.

I’ve also had a few posts where I hit the media for mistakes that probably don’t represent overt bias, but instead reflect no knowledge of economics and/or a cloistered worldview.

Now we can add another example to the list. But it definitely belongs in the first group, because this is clear, blatant, and deliberate bias. I’m talking, of course, about ABC News and its reprehensible decision to smear a member of the Tea Party simply because he had the same name as the Colorado killer.

The obvious question to ask is why the reporter who did the smear, Brian Ross, hasn’t been fired. But not just Brian Ross. The axe should fall on anyone involved in the ideologically biased and legally reckless decision to speculate that a 52-year old Hispanic Tea Party member was responsible for the Colorado shooting

Here’s a good cartoon from the Hope-n-Change website, which has an amusing collection of anti-Obama cartoons. This does capture the mentality of the establishment media.

P.S. Here’s another cartoon about media bias that is definitely worth sharing.

P.P.S. I get irked whenever anybody refers to the big networks and newspapers as the “mainstream press.” That’s a horribly misguided term, considering how far left they are. The Tea Party is much closer to the mainstream than those clowns. That’s why they should be called the “establishment press.”

 


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: abcnews; brianross; fired; yellowjournalism
Dana Perino was on Fox and Friends this morning and they were talking about the approval ratings of 0bama and Congress, and how low the rating is for Congress. Then Dana said the approval rating for the media is even lower then for Congress
1 posted on 07/23/2012 7:27:30 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Why hasn’t he been fired?

Because, according to the Left, he’s “on the right side of history.”


2 posted on 07/23/2012 7:31:32 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Kaslin

Because he did right by ABC.


3 posted on 07/23/2012 7:41:05 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 07/23/2012 7:42:01 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Careful....


5 posted on 07/23/2012 7:45:30 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Kaslin
Why Hasn’t Brian Ross of ABC News Been Fired?

Don Imus,Jimmy the Greek,and Hank Williams Jr. wonder about that,too.....

6 posted on 07/23/2012 7:45:38 AM PDT by massmike (The choice is clear in November: Romney or Caligula!)
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To: Kaslin

Ross ain’t the one, or the only one...

ABC should be fired.


7 posted on 07/23/2012 7:47:22 AM 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: Kaslin
why hasn't he been fired?

Because when he spews BS, rumors, and made-up nonsense it's a good thing.

What makes it a good thing is that he's advancing the suicidal agenda of the elites.

The new media and the blogosphere, on the other hand, is not pushing the state-owned media agenda, and - therefore - is a bad thing.

8 posted on 07/23/2012 7:47:50 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Mr. Bird
.....Sorry, if anyone is offended........
9 posted on 07/23/2012 7:49:06 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: onedoug
DITTO that, the only way is to humble them by suing the shit out of them.
10 posted on 07/23/2012 7:54:19 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: C210N
I fired the

long ago

11 posted on 07/23/2012 7:56:21 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Paladin2

It may be less a matter of offense than a concern that it is somehow libelous. Do you think the mods should weigh in on this or am I out of bounds by suggesting this?


12 posted on 07/23/2012 7:56:21 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Paladin2; Mr. Bird

It’s been clearly established that parody is protected as free speech, and your creation is clearly parody (that Ross invited upon himself by his own flagrant actions).

My guess is, you’re OK from a legal standpoint, although I’m not a lawyer so FWIW.

Taste is a different question altogether. :-) Doesn’t bother me personally though.


13 posted on 07/23/2012 7:59:49 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: johniegrad
Politicians and media generally don't walk stuff back, just provide a pseudo apology.

The graphic CLEARLY is not libelous, just read it. It's the seriousness of the charge, not the actual situation.

14 posted on 07/23/2012 7:59:57 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: johniegrad

Did you read what is in the little box on the left side from you, or did you miss that?


15 posted on 07/23/2012 8:01:14 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Paladin2

I don’t have any problems with it. Just asking.


16 posted on 07/23/2012 8:01:27 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Kaslin

I saw it. I was just speculating on why the other poster suggested to be careful.


17 posted on 07/23/2012 8:02:50 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Kaslin

Under the Rather Rules of Journalism, he should be promoted, not fired.


18 posted on 07/23/2012 8:04:33 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Kaslin
I get the same I’m sorry form my Internet technicians in India. It seems that the supervisors are just as biased or they would see Ross’s bias.
19 posted on 07/23/2012 8:10:00 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Kaslin

He hasn’t been fired because they agree with his initial statement and believe it whole heartedly.


20 posted on 07/23/2012 8:14:13 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Kaslin
My mind ain't nothing but a total blank.
Think I will stay right here and drink. . . .
21 posted on 07/23/2012 8:14:43 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: johniegrad

It is obviously satire. If it’s legally acceptable to publish a cartoon showing Jerry Falwell in an outhouse having sex with his mother there is absolutely nothing offensive about or legally threatening about that picture.

Anything goes with a public figure. ANYTHING.


22 posted on 07/23/2012 8:15:45 AM PDT by DManA
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To: massmike
seems the shooter was a member of "Occupy" in San Diego, see the link http://www.khow.com/pages/boyles.html?article=10287039
23 posted on 07/23/2012 8:17:30 AM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: Kaslin

ABC News was just so DAMNED eager to tie the patriots of the "Tea Party" to an insane act of mass-murder, that Ross and Stephanopolous just couldn't stop themselves when they did a Google search and found a Jim Holmes on a Tea Party list.

Their wet dream is to connect "Tea Party" and "terrorist" as a permanent meme in the MSM. Turnabout is fair play. Please share this photo on FB and Twitter, and include "Brian Ross, the convicted child molester" and "tea party" in the accompanying text, so that the picture will be linked on Google to Brian Ross forever. This smarmy prick and ABC "news" deserve it, in spades.

24 posted on 07/23/2012 8:19:20 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Paladin2

LOVE IT!!! Great illustration of the idiocracy.


25 posted on 07/23/2012 8:28:22 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: Paladin2

You should include the text transcript below it so Google can index it.


26 posted on 07/23/2012 8:32:28 AM PDT by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: Kaslin

This guy belongs on MSNBC. That’s how they roll.


27 posted on 07/23/2012 8:36:43 AM PDT by Harley
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To: Paladin2

Thank you for your post - I hear Brian Ross helped supply James E. Holmes with weapons... oh, wait that was someone else...


28 posted on 07/23/2012 8:44:49 AM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: THE_RAIDER
OOOPS my bad.
29 posted on 07/23/2012 8:45:38 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: Dan Nunn
I missed that point in the original FR post of this graphic. I'll correct in the future....

(Brian Williams of ABC has been wrongly associated being multiple different criminal Brian Williams who are child molesters and worse.)

30 posted on 07/23/2012 8:50:08 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Dan Nunn
I missed that point in the original FR post of this graphic. I'll correct in the future....

(Brian Ross of ABC has been wrongly associated being multiple different criminal Brian Ross 's who are child molesters and worse.)

31 posted on 07/23/2012 8:50:39 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

Because it’s going to take some innocent person becoming the target of a revenge killing to force the media’s hand on this.


32 posted on 07/23/2012 8:57:20 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Paladin2
I just searched ‘Brian Ross convicted child molester’ and this thread was the #1 hit, but there were over 300,000 others. LMAO!
33 posted on 07/23/2012 9:10:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Nervous Tick
Years ago, when I was a Urinalism major, I took a course on libel and the law.

A libel charge cannot be applied when:

Bottom line is the poster of the cartoon is thus protected by both rulings, even if Brian Ross enjoyed the greater protections of a private person.

34 posted on 07/23/2012 9:11:06 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin
Simple. His is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He suffers from a mental illness that renders him incapable of objective thinking. It's called liberalism.
35 posted on 07/23/2012 9:29:13 AM PDT by John Freeman
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To: Kaslin

On that same show Huckabee hit on a great idea. Every time a crime is committed by anyone named Brian Ross it should be suggested that his network news was involved in the crime.


36 posted on 07/23/2012 9:29:37 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: Vigilanteman

Thx for the info.

From the way the media behaves nowadays, I bet they don’t teach that “libel” course anymore. They probably dropped it as a required course when they added the course on “LBGT journalists — which bathroom should they use?”

>> A private person, which Brian Ross clearly is not, makes themselves a public person by “thrusting themselves into a vortex of a public controversy”.

I don’t know why but that description, apt as it is, really makes me chuckle. I know I’d like to thrust a few of them “urinalists” into the vortex of a public meatgrinder. :-)


37 posted on 07/23/2012 10:13:00 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: Harley

It wouldn’t make any difference. ABC, CBS, CNN, PMSNBC are all the same


38 posted on 07/23/2012 10:18:10 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Why Hasn’t Brian Ross of ABC News Been Fired?

If you fired one you'd have to fire most (90%?) of them! That's why.

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday.

New book describes how mainstream media employees ("reporters") get their day-to-day stories. I fell asleep before the interview really got going but what I heard made a lot of sense.

Media employees are highly interdependent. Day-to-day stories are generated from within the tight-knit community; to wit, "reporters" do "investigations" mainly by scanning the MSM's favorite internet blogs. Not surprising that such places include mediamatters, dailykos, and ultra liberal celebs on social groups. BTW, celebs hire people to do their tweeting, and stuff.

(I complained to the TV networks back in the 1960's this is nothing new.)

39 posted on 07/23/2012 10:24:58 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Darksheare

Can’t a couple of the organized Tea Party groups hire one of the pro-America legal firms, like the American Center for Law and Justice, and sue ABC for slander, libel, etc.? Jay Sekulow and his group seem to do in these types of cases.


40 posted on 07/23/2012 10:25:55 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Nervous Tick
You're probably and sadly right about what they teach journalists these days. In my era, a rant unsupported by facts or sources would most likely earn you a failing grade on an assignment, whether it came from the right or from the left.

You look at the broadcasts of even Dan Rather from that era and he had to at least pretend to be fair. Within 20 years, he was able to drop all pretense.

As for “thrusting themselves into a vortex of a public controversy”, the phrase made us chuckle back when I took the course in 1980. That's why I clearly remember it to this day. I can't remember the name of the case, but those were the exact words which the judge used in dismissing the case brought by a private dentist who had his letter to the editor published.

41 posted on 07/23/2012 10:29:52 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: MayflowerMadam

*shrugs*
Depends on the judge, and proving that there was material harm done by the false comment, or proving malicious intent may be a sticky point.


42 posted on 07/23/2012 10:59:46 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Kaslin

From the article: “P.P.S. I get irked whenever anybody refers to the big networks and newspapers as the “mainstream press.” That’s a horribly misguided term, considering how far left they are. The Tea Party is much closer to the mainstream than those clowns. That’s why they should be called the ‘establishment press.’”

He makes a good point, though I don’t think “establishment press” is the right alternative. It would be helpful to have a term that clearly identifies the source as left-wing, and that often distorts facts to serve an unstated agenda.

Certainly, ABC and MSNBC should no longer be considered “mainstream” and “establishment” is too kind. Maybe just start referring to them as the “Ross Media” and the point will be made, plus Ross’s contribution to the effort will never be forgotten.

E.g., “ABC and other similar Ross Media outlets continue to pursue the Bain Capital story while ignoring the deteriorating employment situation.”

“MSNBC, considered a typical Ross Media news source, continues to hire commentators with questionable backgrounds such as....”

“You get your news from Jon Stewart? Even though he’s an acknowledged member of the Ross Media? Interesting.”

Or, from our perspective, “Here’s another misleading story making the rounds of the Ross Media today.”

I can see where an annual “Ross Award” could be a much-awaited announcement, along the lines of WI Senator Proxmire’s old Golden Fleece Award for the dumbest DC spending program of the year. Though perhaps it would be better to give one monthly, or weekly? Certainly there’s no lack of worthy recipients.


43 posted on 07/23/2012 11:38:50 AM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: Norseman

I use Lame Stream Media (LSM), State Run Media SRM, or Drive By Media (DBM


44 posted on 07/23/2012 11:46:44 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
P.P.S. I get irked whenever anybody refers to the big networks and newspapers as the “mainstream press.” That’s a horribly misguided term, considering how far left they are.

I've taken it to mean not that they supposedly represent the middle, but that what they report floods into the mainstream of society. In other words, you have to go out of your way to avoid the mainstream press, whereas the opposite is true for non-mainstream media.

Personally I am partial to the term "left-controlled media" or even "democrat-controlled media". No room for misinterpretation there.

45 posted on 07/23/2012 12:15:43 PM PDT by Humbug
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To: Kaslin

I sent ABC an e-mail complaint about Brian Ross. They replied that I should complain to my local ABC affiliate. My local ABC affiliate did not hire Brian Ross.


46 posted on 07/23/2012 1:45:10 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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