Brent Bozell

The so-called prestige media have built this arrogant sense of professionalism around themselves. They are not just fair and objective, they're also accurate. The great amateurish unwashed shouldn't sit at keyboards in their pajamas and attempt the marvelous feats that only they perform.

But when these reporters see an opportunity to discredit conservatives, all that goes out the window.

Shortly after the Batman premiere began at midnight in Aurora, Colo., (Mountain time), police say James Holmes opened fire in a crowded theater, killing 12 and wounding many more. Six hours later, early in the second hour of "Good Morning America" in New York, ABC host George Stephanopoulos announced that investigative reporter Brian Ross had "found something that might be significant."

Ross declared that a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colo., had joined the tea party, but "we don't know if this is the same Jim Holmes." How on earth could a professional journalist drop that bombshell on national television and in the next breath admit it was pure speculation? Or as the actual Jim Holmes of the tea party replied, "What kind of idiot makes that kind of statement?"

One can understand why George Stephanopoulos didn't blink, since this is the way the Clinton "war room" operated, where political operatives would announce their character assassination of conservatives was proceeding nicely. But this is supposed to be a news studio, not a war room.

Here's another reason why the old media need to stop lecturing the new media to mind their own business. After unloading that smear on Jim Holmes of the tea party, neither Stephanopoulos nor Ross ever made an apology on the air of ABC News. They put out a short apology online but let the smear stand on air. The smeared Holmes also told the Daily Caller he received no attempt to contact him or apologize.

Just like NBC, which edited footage on George Zimmerman to make him appear racist, they issued a brief apology statement online, but no on-air apology was seen by their viewers.

This is a cynically insincere slap in the face to the public. Real journalists should make corrections and apologize when necessary, but the only time TV news people tend to apologize is when lawyers are trying to stave off lawsuits and force them to read a statement.

These are the same journalists that love to pretend that they're America's most sensitive people that they know the plight of the downtrodden, and that's what makes them special.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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