George Stephanopoulos of ABC News: Political Hack Poses as Objective Journalist
July 24, 2012
RUSH: The media is becoming a joke. Well, it's been a joke for the longest time. We had Stephanopoulos and Brian Ross yesterday, and we have Stephanopoulos back again today. You know, I knew this yesterday. I just didn't have the backup for it. But they totally misquoted the mother of this guy in Colorado and made it look like she was confirming for them that they had the right guy. When she said, "You've got the right person," she was talking about herself. It has just become a joke.
Even Jon Stewart saw it. You know, I never watch Comedy Central. I probably shouldn't admit this, because the younger demos are gonna wonder, "What kind of screwball is Limbaugh?" I just never do. Comedy Central is just not something on my channel-selector radar. It just never has been. So even Jon Stewart rips Brian Ross. He said, "What does it take to get fired at ABC?" It's a good question. "What does it take to get fired at ABC?" What does it take to get fired at NBC?
RUSH: This is George Stephanopoulos. I mentioned this at the top of the program. This is last Friday morning on Good Morning America...
STEPHANOPOULOS: A reporter has spoken with James Holmes' mother. She spoke briefly at ABC News this morning. I want to read this off my screen right here. He reports that she had awoken unaware of the news of the shooting; had not been contacted by authorities. She immediately expressed concern that her son may have been involved. This is a quote: "You have the right person," she said, speaking on gut instinct. Quote, "I need to call the police and I need to fly out to Colorado."
RUSH: "She had awoken unaware of news of the shooting"? They woke her up! They called her at five o'clock in the morning from ABC News. They woke her up. And then she convicted him on ABC. So, anyway, that's how they reported it. Of course this mother is beside herself in every which way imaginable. So an attorney representing the family, Lisa Damiani, read a statement from Arlene Holmes, the mother of the shooter.
DAMIANI: "I was awakened by a call from a reporter from 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. I asked him to tell me why he was calling, and he told me about a shooting in Aurora. He asked for a comment. I told him I could not comment because I did not know if the person he was talking about was my son, and I would need to find out."
RUSH: So that's how the family says the call happened according to the shooter's mother, read by a lawyer. And when she said, "You have the right person," she says she was talking about herself. She was telling a reporter, "Yeah, you've got the right person," meaning "Me." So you couple this with Brian Ross reporting (paraphrased), "Well, it's the Tea Party! I found a link! James Holmes is in the Tea Party! Yep, there you go." I've heard a lot of people talk about this, by the way.
Folks, I've been somewhat amused and amazed as I've listened to people attempt to excuse and explain it. I've heard people say, "Well, you know, Brian Ross, he's a great reporter. He's a great investigative reporter. He just, you know, jumped the gun in there. That's what it is being investigative reporter. You want to be first. He wanted to get in there first!" That's not an excuse. If you're an investigative reporter, if that's gonna be your moniker or title, you've got (I would think) a standard that would apply to an investigative journalist. And that would be to investigate.
So what did he do?
Did he go to Tea Party websites in Colorado and try to find this guy's name?
If he did that, why? What made Brian Ross think "Tea Party"? As I said yesterday, "Can any of you cite for me an example where there has been violence, shooting, murder, rape, mayhem, at a Tea Party gathering?" Oh, wait, there was one. Yes, it was in St. Louis with one of the children of the Widow Carnahan. A black conservative got beat up by the SEIU guys. That's right. So the violence at that Tea Party event happened when Obama's union thugs came in and beat up a black conservative.
It's Occupy Wall Street where you hear about rape and violence and pestilence and filth and pigsties. So why would Brian Ross think "Tea Party"? "Oh, he's a great reporter, Rush! He just made a mistake." Great reporter? He's a hack! For crying out loud, if you're thinking "Tea Party," you are hoping for it. You are wanting there to be a linkage here. There's no question these people in the media have a bias against the Tea Party. They want to do anything they can to discredit the Tea Party 'cause they don't understand you, and they're afraid of you.
They know they don't control you. They know they can't mind control you. They can't bend and shape you to do what they want you to do. You represent a threat to 'em so you have to be discredited. Your character has to be impugned, and that's all that was. And now a similar example with Stephanopoulos on calling this mother. He's not a journalist, either. He's a political consultant. He's a war room provocateur with James Carville! George Stephanopoulos is a political attack dog working as an anchorman at ABC News.
But he's not a journalist.
They just call him one.
They've put him in a journalist chair, and somehow George Stephanopoulos -- who did everything he could to get Bill Clinton elected, everything he could to besmirch the reputation of George H.W. Bush -- all of a sudden sits down in that chair and immediately forgets every one of his political passions? The minute he sits in the ABC anchor chair, gone is the fact that he's a Democrat? Gone is the fact that he's a liberal? Gone is the fact that he doesn't want Republicans to ever win an election?
'Cause that's who he is?
And just sitting in that chair is gonna erase all that?
I think not.
So these people insult our intelligence by trying to tell us that that's what happens. They go out and they hire a political hack to be an anchor and then tell us, "Magically there is a transformation, and the political hack essentially forgets every passion that he has and becomes an objective reporter." What a bunch of bohunk! It's the same thing over at NBC News where they doctored the Trayvon Martin 911 call from George Zimmerman. Folks, there's a backlash brewing in this country against these guys, against Obama, and against the Democrat Party.
It's effervescing out there, and if there were a media that was actually interested in finding out what's happening in this country, you'd be reading about it every night and you'd being seeing it, because it's not hidden. Those people are everywhere. They call us every day. We talk to 'em every day. They're all over the place. And they're joining Tea Party groups. And they're working at the grassroots. If the media cared to accurately report, then the people of this country would find out. But in a way it's kinda good because the Obama people now sit and live in a false reality where he's still The Messiah.
He's still loved and adored, still considered The Smartest Guy in the World. And they think that everybody looks at Republicans and Romney as a bunch of idiots and hicks and mean rich people and so forth. That's the lie they tell themselves. It's the lie they live. Obama believes it. That's his news sources. So it may possibly redound to our benefit.
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