“Just the Facts Ma’am”

It happened when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January, 2011. Early reports on Jared Lee Loughner, the shooter, were that he was some type of right wing fanatic who might have been provoked by Sarah Palin or the teaparty. I’m sure you’ve recently heard that in the early reporting of the Aurora, Colorado shootings “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos throws it to Brian Ross for an “investigative report”. Ross then says,

“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 the same Jim Holmes,” Ross tells “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos, who thought the news “might be significant.”

As everyone by now knows, Ross was dead wrong and has also apologized. It’s really not necessary here to beat the left-wing-media bias drum because everyone knows it exists–just some won’t admit to it. But the purpose of this post is to address another ABC release related to this same story, one which has not been retracted. Again I’m sure everyone has heard that the shooter’s mother made this statement when notified by ABC of the events in Aurora:

“You have the right person”.

A strange quote that could have all kinds of connotations and twists to it–until you read what the shooter’s mother, Arlene Holmes, says to explain the statement:

This statement is to clarify a statement made by ABC media. I was awakened by a call from a reporter by ABC on July 20 about 5:45 in the morning. I did not know anything about a shooting in Aurora at that time, “He asked if I was Arlene Holmes and if my son was James Holmes who lives in Aurora, Colorado. I answered yes, you have the right person. I was referring to myself.”

Given ABC’s track record I have no reason not to believe the mother’s explanation as it makes perfect sense and is plausible as to it’s context and content.