If one thinks the sordid ABC News Brian Ross episode smearing an innocent tea partier as perhaps the Aurora movie theater gunman is a one off, think again. Time after time, the “mainstream” news media has been eager to link violence to tea partiers when there was no link:
* September 2009: The discovery of hanged census-taker Bill Sparkman in rural Kentucky fueled media speculation that he’d been killed by anti-government Tea Partiers. In fact, he’d killed himself and staged his corpse to look like a homicide so his family could collect on life insurance.
* February 2010: Joe Stack flew his small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. The media immediately suggested that the anti-tax rhetoric of the Tea Party led to the attack. In fact, Stack’s suicide note quoted the Communist Manifesto.
* That same month, a professor at the University of Alabama, Amy Bishop, shot and killed three colleagues at a faculty meeting. The gun-loving Tea Party came under immediate suspicion. But Bishop was a lifelong Democrat and Obama donor. . . .
* May 2010: New York authorities disarmed a massive car bomb in Times Square. Mayor Bloomberg immediately speculated that the bomber was someone upset about the president’s new health-care law. The media trumpeted the idea that crazed conservatives had (again, they implied) turned to violence. In fact, the perp was Faisal Shahzad, an Islamic extremist.
And there’s more instances at the above link. Is there violence out there? Could it be the EVIL RACIST Tea Party?? Blame Righty!
And this is far from the first time [LANGUAGE WARNING] that Brian Ross himself has violated basic journalistic standards to smear and get attention.
Which raises the obvious question – why does Brian Ross still have a job?