WHEN JOURNALISM FAILS: ABC NEWS, THE RIGHT WING BLOGOSHPERE AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES TRAMPLE THE AURORA COLORADO SHOOTING


When the story of James Eagan Holmes killing 12 and wounding 59 broke this morning Cavalor called a meeting to discuss how it would be covered. We met shortly after Robin Naismith Green wrote the Breaking News post, in the meeting were The Boss, Fred Schwartz, Robin Green, Pain and I. Here’s how the meeting went from minutes taken by Pain:

Cavalor: What do we know so far?

Fred Schwartz: ABC News linked the shooter James Holmes to a Jim Holmes who is a member of the TEA Party in Aurora, CO. Gianluca Mezzofiore in the International Business Times said the shooter was an Indian in their first reporting and they got that from Godlike Productions conspiracy theory blog most likely.

Diane: Ugh! IBT sucks that’s a non starter. Is there any reason to believe these are the same people. I mean why would George [Stephanopoulos] let that happen on his air unless he was sure? No one else in the terrestrial media went anywhere near a TEA Party connection or a domestic terror connection on this.

Robin Green: You make a good point Diane. Breitbart has already posted this guy is “possibly” a registered Democrat. Gateway Pundit started to call him a lefty Democrat with no respect for the flag or some nonsense but the backtracked from that and posted that Holmes is a possible Democrat riding Breitbart’s coat tails.

Cavalor: For the love of sulfur, really? They’ve made this a political issue already.

Fred Schwartz: Governor Rendell was talking gun control on MSNBC. It’s a bit early for that but it’s a fair question of why does anyone need 12 guns? It is good news for the Romney campaign because it takes Bain and tax returns off the news cycle for the next 5 days at least.

Cavalor: Fred, please. Yes, you are correct about the Bain/tax thing but we are not going to go into the gutter on this. politcal things are political. Fighting bigotry with facts like Robin does is one thing, but not on this. This has to be by the book journalism; bring the facts and fight the smears. If ABC News wants to get into the gutter with Breitbart and Hoft so be it.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
Editorial Page Editor
The Dis Brimstone Daily Pitchfork
72 Shatter 2 AS

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