Journalist Responsibility- Just Bloggers vs MSM Journalists

Journalist Responsibility- Just Bloggers vs MSM Journalists

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Early this morning I noticed updates there didn’t seem to be as many updates from other news sites as usual in my in my inbox, and my personal email, which a few of my website members use seemed light as well.  I hadn’t fixed myself any coffee yet , I was going to pull the better headlines from my Paper Li and post them here on Grumpy Opinions first.   Something about the lack of emails bothered me.  Sometimes it’s an indication there’s some breaking news and people want to find out what’s going on before they share it on their websites or send emails.

I gave up on TV News long ago, so I went to twitter and started seeing tweets about the Aurora Theater Shooting–

From there I went to the web, there wasn’t a lot of information up yet, but enough to figure out what happened..  I posted a short piece.  Then like a million other “Just Bloggers” did a little investigating of my own into James Holmes.  By then his name had been released.  It didn’t take long to realize there were way to many people named Holmes to speculate on which one it might be..



Like any other rational blogger I left the speculation to Mainstream Media.. Knowing it would bs some sort of attack on conservatives.. I didn’t have long to wait.. From Accuracy in Media

While discussing the shooting, Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos brought on Brian Ross to discuss a potentially significant discovery in the background of the shooter, James Holmes.

There is 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.

Read more..  ABC Ties Colorado Shooter to Tea Party—Apologizes Later

For a few minutes I was reminded of the immediate aftermath of the cavity Giffords killings in Phoenix Arizona.

The left, didn’t wast any time blaming the TEA Party for that crime either. Early reports claimed that the killer Jeffrey Loughner was a right wing extremist and a TEA Party activist.

Politico was one of the first in the blame game

One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.

“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”

Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”

Read More  Violence and politics merge

That’s actually pretty scary since there are rumors the Oklahoma City Bombing was another Eric Holder sting operation that went bad..

The media was also quick to report the story when NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg blamed the someone who didn’t like the Obamacare Bill,  for the attempted Times Square Bombing.  The inference was unmistakable, Bloomberg was suggesting a  TEA Party activist was behind the incident.

There is a pattern here, the political left has been trying to pin something on conservatives for a very long time. There’s not much doubt that the mainstream media actually has an operations plan ready to put into effect any time something bad happens.

After the Gifford shooting it took almost a week for elements of the liberal media to back off of claims that the TEA Party was somehow involved.  The intentional misrepresentation of facts by the liberal media resulted in countless death threats being made to Sarah Palin and other conservatives..

I this case ABC’s completely irresponsible reporting could have put a completely innocent James Holmes. or his family at risk..  Given the number of people killed and injured at the theater, it wouldn’t be surprising if a friend or loved one of a victim decided to try and get revenge.  Breitbart had a conversation with Holmes

  “It was freaky,” said Holmes, describing his reaction when ABC News speculated that he was the culprit who entered a crowded theater and opened fire on dozens of innocent men, women, and children. He disconnected his telephone and says that he is worried about members of his family who might be contacted by the media.

Read Interview With James Michael Holmes Hispanic TEA Party Member Falsely Accused By ABC

If you recall, false reporting by the Media after the Trayvon Martin Killing led to as series of events that eventually forced a unrelated older couple to flee their home.  Some of the initial reporting tried to portray George Zimmerman as a right wing extremist

Freedom of the Press is a great thing, I would be the last person to want to see any part of the First Amendment infringed on in any way..  However with every Right and every Freedom comes an obligation to use it carefully and responsibly.  My right to bear and keep arms doesn’t give the right to shoot your dog.

Like thousands off other bloggers this morning I found a James Holmes that could possibly be the one, but there wasn’t enough to be sure.   Maggie over at Maggie’s Notebook managed to find the right James Holmes..  She actually had a photo of the guy several hours before it was released.  I suggest you read James Holmes Photo: Facebook Page Down? That is responsible journalism.

But unlike the overpaid George Stephanopoulos and Brian Ross,  Maggie is Just a Blogger



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  1. Thanks Grumpy. I appreciate it. Not much better these days than being just a blogger.

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