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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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