PF$: ABC News incorrectly links alleged gunman to Colorado tea party
This editor’s note appeared this morning on an ABC News reportabout the massacre at a Colorado movie theater: “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.”
Erik Wemple, who writes about the media for the Post, blogged about what he calls an “[u]nforgivable, regrettable, amateurish, miserable” mistake: ABC News invites bias claims with bogus Aurora report
The Colorado Tea Party Patriots released this statement:
The Colorado Tea Party Patriots and the Tea Party Patriots are saddened to hear of the death and wounding of theater goers in Aurora, Colorado. The member of the Colorado Tea Party Patriots, Jim Holmes, age 52 is not the same person who has been identified as the shooter.
The attempts of some media organizations to characterize the shooter as a Tea Party member without having made any effort to contact our organization are shameless and reprehensible.