And Peter Wehner comments, "Jon Stewart Destroys ABC’s Brian Ross":
Anyone who watches Jon Stewart knows that he’s a person of liberal political views – but he also shows impressive flashes of independence. Last night was such an instance. In the course of his show, Stewart skillfully rips apart ABC News and its chief investigative correspondent, Brian Ross, for falsely suggesting that the Aurora, Colorado, killer was a member of the Tea Party.Exactly.
Ross, based on the flimsiest evidence, took an innocent man and, in the words of Stewart, “casually, baselessly, and publicly accused [him] of – I don’t know – maybe being a mass murderer.”
Stewart then explains why this occurred. The mindset of Ross, according to Stewart, is that linking the Tea Party to the atrocity fits into “a pre-existing narrative. I should get that on the TV.” As Stewart puts it, “Tea Party, low taxes, madman. You do the math.”
Stewart then asks, in the form of a joke, quite a serious question: What story does a guy have to blow to get in trouble at ABC? What exactly does a chief investigative correspondent have to get wrong in order to be grounded by the news division?
When it comes to ABC News, apparently, tendentious, reckless and false allegations aren’t terribly problematic – at least when the object of the smear is the Tea Party.
And even Stephen Colbert hammers Brian Ross for his "partisan" hackery, "Partisan Speculation & Campaign Pauses Around Colorado Shooter."
As I've noted, the condemnation of ABC has been universal, left and right. See, for example,"Of Course Brian Ross Blamed the Tea Party."
And now even more, from Jonah Goldberg, "Brian Ross’s Brain Cramp: The facts don’t always suit the ideological agenda."
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