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ABC News apologizes for 'incorrect' Tea party report
Politico ^ | July 20, 2012 | Dylan Byers

Posted on 07/20/2012 10:24:18 AM PDT by God luvs America

Edited on 07/20/2012 10:28:14 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

ABC News and Brian Ross are apologizing for an "incorrect" report that James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater shooting, may have had connections to the Tea Party.

"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 said in a statement. "ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted."

In a similar statement released minutes earlier, ABC News said the report was "incorrect" but, rather than apologize, wrote: "Several other local residents with similar names were also contacted via social media by members of the public who mistook them for the suspect." The statement appeared at first to be an attempt byt the network to abdicate responsibility for the report.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abc; abcnews; aurorashooting; banglist; batmanshooting; brianross; enemedia; jamesholmes; jimholmes; liars; mediabias; mediamalpractice; teaparty; teapartyshooter
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I hope James Holmes and the Tea Party site sue the crap out of ABC...
1 posted on 07/20/2012 10:24:25 AM PDT by God luvs America
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To: God luvs America

This isn’t the first Brian Ross story to be “recalled.”


2 posted on 07/20/2012 10:26:20 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: God luvs America

That didn’t take very long. The Tea Party James probably threatened to sue their socks off.


3 posted on 07/20/2012 10:26:39 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Running in circles and screaming is not a strategy.)
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To: God luvs America

ABC was pretty quick to get the accusation out there, weren’t they? Once it’s out, they can’t take it back. Now it’s another “Tea Party crack pot” to blame for a murder rampage or bomb plot.


4 posted on 07/20/2012 10:27:22 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: God luvs America

Shove it up your smelly collective Obamas, ABC, and George S-boy.

You’ll meet yourselves there after the shoving.

Oh, apology NOT accepted.


5 posted on 07/20/2012 10:28:38 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: God luvs America

Note to ABCnews executives, have you a**holes learned ANYTHING from the Richard Jewell or George Zimmerman cases? Be sure your brains are engaged before putting your mouths in gear.


6 posted on 07/20/2012 10:28:58 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

For what it is worth I do not accept their apology. Whats the ole saying... first time, my fault... second time ... whatever, I think Bush might know it... lolololololol anyway


7 posted on 07/20/2012 10:29:23 AM PDT by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: God luvs America

The ABC lawyers were probably having conniptions.........


8 posted on 07/20/2012 10:30:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: God luvs America

The next headline should be: CO TEA Party Sues ABC for Defamation. That would get everyone’s attention and fatten the coffers of the TEA Party.


9 posted on 07/20/2012 10:30:28 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: God luvs America
The police were of NO HELP in this situation, and the gunman surrendered after he did what he wanted.

The ONLY thing that could have stopped this would have been armed citizens.

Put that in your pipe Herr Bloomberg.

10 posted on 07/20/2012 10:30:34 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I was thinking the same thing.


11 posted on 07/20/2012 10:30:41 AM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Be sure your brains are engaged before putting your mouths in gear.

Do you really think their brains were NOT engaged?

I submit it was a purposeful deed.

12 posted on 07/20/2012 10:30:52 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: God luvs America

Being called out incorrectly by name for doing one of the worst mass murders in recent American history on a live major network will take a lot,lot more than a “Sorry”.


13 posted on 07/20/2012 10:30:54 AM PDT by AU72
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To: SandyInSeattle

This isn’t done out of journalistic duty. This is done as a CYA to avoid a lawsuit. James Holmes registered as a Democrat in July 2011.


14 posted on 07/20/2012 10:31:15 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: God luvs America

Sue ABC. Expose the networks agenda and sue them again.


15 posted on 07/20/2012 10:31:15 AM PDT by soycd
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To: God luvs America

16 posted on 07/20/2012 10:31:22 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: God luvs America

Beck:
Google Brian Ross and sex related charges, 10 year old girls, nude photos. They’re not sure if it is chief investigative reporter at ABC, no verification. But it was important to break in with this news.


17 posted on 07/20/2012 10:31:37 AM 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: SandyInSeattle

He still could and should sue the network as a deterrent to future defamation of the innocent.


18 posted on 07/20/2012 10:32:04 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: God luvs America

Doesn’t matter. They got it “out there.” They knew exactly what they were doing as they masters of propaganda; in fact, it’s in their implied, unwritten but underlying mission statement. MM’s raison d’être.


19 posted on 07/20/2012 10:32:04 AM PDT by Dysart (Race card is tyranny. Don't be cowed.)
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To: God luvs America

Time for ABC to lawyer up.


20 posted on 07/20/2012 10:32:13 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: God luvs America
The liberal media is such an embarrassment to the U.S.

What a pathetic pack of lying, misinformed and biased losers.
21 posted on 07/20/2012 10:32:25 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: submarinerswife
24 year old former Medical Student?

I think I heard he was a 4 year student

Must have graduated early

Now lets see if he was an Obama voter , OWS something isn't right here.

I assume it will come out soon

22 posted on 07/20/2012 10:32:29 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: God luvs America

World class news agencies check their facts. Liberal hacks do such as this......


23 posted on 07/20/2012 10:32:34 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The First Bystander must be removed!)
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To: Fido969

He was in riot gear and a bulletproof vest though it wouldn’t have been easy and in the dark with everyone running.


24 posted on 07/20/2012 10:32:46 AM PDT by chevydude26
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To: God luvs America

Give you 100 to 1 that the info came straight from the Obama camp.


25 posted on 07/20/2012 10:32:56 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Izzy Dunne

Probably. And if ABC retracts, it knows the damage has been done anyway. And if ABC was correct, it can smugly inform us that it is on top of the news.


26 posted on 07/20/2012 10:33:17 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: submarinerswife

Someone should resign over this.


27 posted on 07/20/2012 10:33:46 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The First Bystander must be removed!)
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To: God luvs America

ABC reluctantly apologizes for teaparty comment they purposely intended on reporting.


28 posted on 07/20/2012 10:33:54 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: submarinerswife
"ABC was pretty quick to get the accusation out there, weren’t they?"

Yeah, they don't even bother to verify anything anymore. I remember when the Lewinsky story broke, and Drudge ran with the story that Newsweek spiked. Newsweek said the reason they didn't publish the story was because they needed two reliable sources to verify it before they'd report it. I guess that only applies when it's a sleaze-ball Democrap who is the perp.

29 posted on 07/20/2012 10:33:58 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: God luvs America

The police were of NO HELP in this situation, and the gunman surrendered after he did what he wanted.

The ONLY thing that could have stopped this would have been armed citizens.

Put that in your pipe, Herr Bloomberg.


30 posted on 07/20/2012 10:33:59 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: ConservativeStatement

FAKE BUT ACCURATE - Just ask Dan..


31 posted on 07/20/2012 10:34:04 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: God luvs America

No do overs ABC. You falsely accuse a person of being the shooter on national broadcast TV with a few million viewers, expect to pay a financial penalty.

Hopefully idiot Brian Ross will be sued too and he can learn a lesson.


32 posted on 07/20/2012 10:34:09 AM PDT by WildWeasel
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To: God luvs America

They wish......(and the rifle he had was a fully automatic assault rifle purchased at a gun show....)


33 posted on 07/20/2012 10:34:35 AM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: scooby321

A fourth year med student at 24? thats a fast track


34 posted on 07/20/2012 10:34:44 AM PDT by SunnyUsa ( It is error alone which needs the support of government.Truth can stand by itself. Thomas Jefferson)
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Support Free Republic. Keep the truth alive.

35 posted on 07/20/2012 10:35:02 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Irenic

Beck:
Google Brian Ross and sex related charges, 10 year old girls, nude photos. They’re not sure if it is chief investigative reporter at ABC, no verification. But it was important to break in with this news

Beck is on a roll with this now says Brian Ross needs to release his 12 years of taxes as we don’t know how may laws Brian Ross has broken,LOL LOL LOL. Now a story that Brian Ross has murdered someone per Google. LOL


36 posted on 07/20/2012 10:35:11 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I agree....Purpose....Sounds like mom might know his mindset...maybe even crazy emails. I’m sure the Obama camp will interrogate her first.


37 posted on 07/20/2012 10:35:18 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: God luvs America

Getting really tired of this!!!

Enough is enough!


38 posted on 07/20/2012 10:35:26 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Irenic

Brian Ross is on the Hilton Head SC Sex Offender Registry. I’ll get back to you later with more info.


39 posted on 07/20/2012 10:35:34 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: God luvs America
What, Marxist propagandist Brian Ross and his organ, ABC, disseminated leftist lies without checking, again?

Shove it, Ross.

40 posted on 07/20/2012 10:35:40 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: God luvs America

Brian the commie ‘RAT Ross is nothing but a lowlife Fluken pig. Never let a good human tragedy go unexploited. FUBR!!! You pig!!!


41 posted on 07/20/2012 10:36:48 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Who is Barack Hussein Obama?)
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To: God luvs America
"ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted."

Everybody knows that the Right Wing nutcases in the Tea Party are violent extremist; so naturally we thought they were involved.

It’s a natural mistake. Heck anyone would make that conclusion!

/S

42 posted on 07/20/2012 10:37:16 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: God luvs America

ABC

“Always Been Crooked”


43 posted on 07/20/2012 10:37:22 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: God luvs America
??

The North Hollywood shooters wore full body armor because they had just robbed a bank and intended to live through their crime spree.

The Colombine shooters did not wear body armor and did not expect to live.

Jared Loughner did not wear body armor, did not intend to live or was just living in an alternate reality and did not expect to die.

This guy walks in wearing full body armor, mask, bullet proof vest, swat helmet. He obviously intended to live, and this was no robbery.

Saddle up cowboys, there's a gun grab coming.

44 posted on 07/20/2012 10:37:27 AM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: God luvs America

Right after I saw this today I searched Intelius for James Holmes and found about 7 in the Aurora area. I accessed the Colo. Tea Party page and found the schedule for Brigitte Gabriel’s symposium posted on Holmes’ page. This took me all of two minutes. But then I didn’t google Tea Party out of the box. I searched James/Jim Holmes on Intelius. Clearly this was not an effort to find truth. it was an effort to place blame, and if I’m O’Reilly, and Hannity, and Greta I hammer ABC with this. Ross went on the air, and Steffi and his director knew the context, without having done the simplest bit of research. They had a snippet that matched their narrative and that’s all that mattered.


45 posted on 07/20/2012 10:37:37 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: God luvs America

The apology is a lie unless those responsible are fired.


46 posted on 07/20/2012 10:37:45 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

If he is a registered democrat this needs to be constantly mentioned. Too bad even Fox won’t mention it.


47 posted on 07/20/2012 10:37:45 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: God luvs America
Don't forget that Snuffa was the recipient of Mickey Kantor's whispered slur caught on video, and said nothing to rebuke him:

Kantor to Steponallofus: "Wait, wait, look at Indiana — 42-40. It doesn’t matter if we win. Those people are shit…"

48 posted on 07/20/2012 10:38:43 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NC, FL, VA, OH, NV o/r IA = 271EV)
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To: GoCards

For what it is worth I do not accept their apology. Whats the ole saying... first time, my fault... second time ... whatever, I think Bush might know it... lolololololol anyway

“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”


49 posted on 07/20/2012 10:38:53 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: God luvs America

Let’s just boycott these MSM suckers.

Fairly easy for NBC, now owned by Comcast. Just drop your cable company and get Dish or DirecTv.

ABC is owned by Disney?


50 posted on 07/20/2012 10:38:53 AM PDT by RossA
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