Remember how the MSM immediately blamed Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio for the Gifford shooting in Tucson? That was of course written off as merely a mistake, or simply branded "irresponsible reporting" by the main stream media that had nothing to do with political bias. To which I said then, many years before then, and continue to say to this very day... How come almost all the cases of irresponsible journalism, errors in judgment and flat out mistakes by the MSM over the last several decades, almost always either make democrats/liberals look good, or make republicans/conservatives look bad?
That is one question that those who deny that the main stream news media has a liberal bias, are incapable of addressing... Well, after what happened this morning on ABC's Good Morning America, I guess it's time for the "liberal bias" deniers to either take cover, or go into full spin mode.
After the Colorado shooting took place, the media went into full investigation mode trying to be the first to uncover who the man was that went on that shooting spree. I think everyone would agree that the networks have a responsibility, a duty if you will, to make sure in their quest to discover the identity of the shooter that they don't implicate someone on national TV without first being sure they are correct. I mean it's supposed to be standard practice for all ethical journalists in the main stream news media, not some abstract concept... Unless of course politics comes into play, then it seems ethics and responsible journalism goes out the window.
From GMA this morning:
Stephanopoulos: I’m going to go to Brian Ross. You’ve been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You found something that might be significant.
Ross: There’s a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.
Stephanopoulos: Okay, we’ll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.
Surprise Surprise... That wasn't the Jim Holmes who was involved in the shooting after all... Imagine that.
So why exactly do you think ABC was so quick to broadcast, without any evidence what so ever to support the claim, that he might just be the shooter? You don't have to look any further than the Tucson shooting to get your answer... It's because that Jim Holmes was a member of the Tea Party, and that fit perfectly with the "violent, gun totin', religious fanatic" Tea Party narrative the MSM have been pushing for more than 3 years. A narrative that is embraced exclusively by those who embrace the liberal ideology.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think this was done in a deliberate attempt to slander the Tea Party or hurt republicans/conservatives... It was done because that's what the members of the main stream news media truly believe about the Tea Party, based on their political ideology. When Brian Ross saw "Tea Party" he probably said to himself "Ah Ha... This has to be the guy" and because he didn't want to be scooped by another network, he had to announce it asap... Figuring confirmation was inevitable.
BTW... ABC issued a lame "we weren't the only ones" correction on their website, rather than an actual apology for falsely implicating the wrong man on national television. A correction that in my opinion makes their rush to air that name, look all the more irresponsible and all the more a case of liberal bias:
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. Several other local residents with similar names were also contacted via social media by members of the public who mistook them for the suspect.
So they admit that several other people could have also been the suspect... Yet they chose that one? Imagine that... They must have figured out that their correction only made them look worse, so they updated it with this:
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 and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.
There's the correction that an unbiased news organization would have published in the first place... Oh, and please take note that they admitted that they made a mistake and didn't didn't do their job properly... And no surprise for those of you keeping score at home, that this is another MSM "mistake" that implicated a member of the conservative Tea Party organization being involved in mass murder.
Video and links located here.
p.s. Since everything I posted from the source is 100% accurate in every detail, attacking their credibility will only make you look dishonest and foolish.