That casualty would be “any sense that the media is not working an agenda against conservatives, especially organized conservatives like the Tea Party”.
But that time was many years and at least one set of ideals ago.
During the confusion over the identity of the shooter in Aurora, ABC’s Brian Ross went on the air and reported…
“There’s 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 is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”
Which has been, by the way, the leftymedia’s process for reporting on the Tea Party since the very beginning; find the slenderest reed of possible allowing the assumption of guilt, and work back from there (because there will be no consequences).
Brian Moran at Pajamas Media remembers that time as well:
There used to be a time when journalists had a rough integrity about what they said over the air and took pride in striving for accuracy. Who could ever forget ABC’s Frank Reynolds, ABC News anchorman, who, after receiving and announcing word that James Brady had been killed in the Reagan assassination attempt only to discover the press secretary was still alive, got visibly angry and to no one in particular barked on air, “Let’s get this right. Let’s nail this down.”
Today, Stephanopoulos thanked Brian Ross for smearing the Tea Party by reporting a lie. Ross should be suspended or lose his job for this attempt to inject politics into a national tragedy.
I noted the phenomenon years ago; in their unquenchable hunger to demonize the Tea Party – literally, to rhetorically turn them into demons – the media was bending over backwards to find the slenderest reed of association with the Tea Party first, and worry about attribution and proof later. It was so pervasive, it launched an entire category on this blog, “The Slander Files“, chronicling the left’s demented quest to make the facts, such as they were, fit their narrative. It’s been a busy category. Do you remember when…:
- Andy Birkey of the Minnesoros Independent claiming Tea Party leadership was behind a phoned-in threat to an AFSCME office because, well, the guy on the phone message said he was a Tea Party leader?
- MSNBC’s Martin Bashir wrapped himself in faux science to diagnose the entire movement?
- AM950’s inept afternoon host Matt McNeil tried to link Norwegian spree killer Anders Breivik to the Tea Party?
- The entire Sorosphere leapt onto a story that “white supremacists” were involved with CPAC – and crashed to the ground, since it was a non-story?
- America’s front-page village idiot Paul Krugman tying the Tea Party to the Oklahoma City bombing?
- To say nothing of the various bouts of violence back in 2009 that the left blamed on the Tea Party? John Patrick Bedell? Joseph Stack? Amy Bishop? Maurice Schwenkler? The “cut propane tube?”
Slandering the Tea Party is an exemption from whatever still passes for “Journalistic Ethics”.