But now that I’m back home, resting, contemplating all of the issues we’ve covered today, I choose to discuss this one. We did not talk about this on the radio program today, but I am so livid about this having now gotten home and had time to watch the video and read the various news sites and blogs – both left and right, conservative and liberal – that have covered the issue that I feel compelled to put it on my site.
The following is an example of the utter failure of the news media in this country. They are an abysmal disgrace to journalism. I conduct a radio talk show. It is an opinion show. And while we use facts, statistics, opinions, and all sorts of sources, we are the end of the day an opinion show – your opinion, my opinion, David’s opinion.
When I turn on the news stations, I expect news. Facts. Not analysis. Not opinion. Not bias. Facts. Reporting.
ABC and Brian Ross were utter failures this morning.
One example of the “bipartisan” outrage at their journalistic failure comes from Gawker. In a story titled America’s Wrongest Reporter, ABC News’ Brian Ross, Demonstrates Yet Again How He Earned the Title [UPDATED] John Cook writes:
When there’s breaking news, especially about terrorism and national security, ABC News’ Brian Ross is there. And under no circumstances should you listen to anything he says. His latest breathtakingly reckless report: Some Tea Party guy on the internet has the same name as the Dark Knight Rises shooter, so, you know, they have the same name. So there you go. Tea Party.
Brian Ross was factually wrong. The shooter was not a member of the Tea Party. The person by the same name who is a member of the Tea Party has had to shut off his phone because of death threats.
But why is the membership (or in this case non-membership) in the Tea Party even a part of the story? Watch the video below. George Stephanopoulos even asks Ross a leading question about something “important” as the lead-in to the erroneous Tea Party membership:
Biased. Ignorant. Sloppy and incompetent research by an “investigative” reporter. Shameful. Inexcusable.
Gawker is correct. Why would anyone watch ABC News?