Who didn’t see this coming on the heels of an horrifying killing spree in CO?

The Usual Suspects: ABC’s Ross, Stephanolpoulos Point to Tea Party in Dark Knight Shooting
UPDATE: Wrong Jim Holmes?

Joel B. Pollak
Big Journalism

On Good Morning America, ABC News’ Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos suggested that the Tea Party might be connected to the mass shootings early this morning in an Aurora, CO theater during a screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. The mainstream media attempted to blame the Tea Party for the Tuscon shootings in January 2011, shortly after Republicans swept the midterm elections. Now, in the critical 2012 elections, the mainstream media seems poised to do the same–and ABC News has led the way.

Here is the exchange between ABC News chief investigator Brian Ross and host George Stephanopoulos about apparent suspect James Holmes:

Stephanolpoulos: 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.

Stephanolpoulos: Okay, we’ll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.

How interesting that Ross and ABC News should think to look to the Tea Party website first–and to broadcast politically volatile information without verifying if that “Jim Holmes” is the same as the suspect.

The “Jim Holmes” page on the Colorado Tea Party website is advertising an event with Middle East commentator Brigitte Gabriel next Thursday, July 26–hardly the behavior of a man who expected to be committing a deadly crime on July 20 for which he would certainly be apprehended and might not survive.

Look for more scapegoating from the mainstream media and the Democrats in the hours and days to follow…

The article, with video, continues at Big Journalism.

CAJ noteWhy are these hacks still employed on television? Here’s our opinion:    If Just One Law-Abiding Moviegoer Had Been Armed…

Update:  “Never let a crisis go to waste.”–

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Wants To Know If Obama And Romney Will Crackdown On Second Amendment Rights In Wake Of Colorado Movie Shooting…

Update 2:

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Update 3: The Aurora Shooting: Sometimes There’s Nothing Wrong With Politicizing a Tragedy or so says Mike Grunwald at Time.com

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