Joel Pollak and David Burge, Two National Treasures

Joel Pollak, the editor in chief of Breitbart.com, has been doing some outstanding work today exposing biases of the mainstream media. This morning, ABC News’ Brian Ross, while reporting on the Aurora, Colorado shooter, pointed fingers at the Tea Party. Specifically, here’s the exchange he had with George Stephanopoulos: 

Stephanopoulos: I’m going to go to Brian Ross. You’ve been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You found something that might be significant. 

Ross: 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. 

Stephanopoulos: Okay, we’ll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much.

Ross, however, had located the wrong Jim Holmes. The gunman was not Tea Party member Jim Holmes; rather it was University of Colorado-Denver PhD student Jim Holmes. Pollak was quick to expose this, noting:

How interesting that Ross and ABC News should think to look to the Tea Party website first–and to broadcast politically volatile information without verifying if that “Jim Holmes” is the same as the suspect.

The “Jim Holmes” page on the Colorado Tea Party website is advertising an event with Middle East commentator Brigitte Gabriel next Thursday, July 26–hardly the behavior of a man who expected to be committing a deadly crime on July 20 for which he would certainly be apprehended and might not survive.

Pollak also noted how “When ABC News corrected its initial report, it tried to spread the blame around to ‘social media’ and ‘members of the public’.”

Pollak also managed to get an exclusive interview with the falsely accused James Holmes.

Iowahawk’s David Burge, through a series of Twitter posts, found a more creative way to criticize ABC News. Here’s one of the posts: 

@BrianRoss Tea Party member, U Colorado grad student, potayto, potahto.

In twelve more Twitter posts, Burge lists crimes committed by “Brian Ross.” Although not committed by ABC News’ Brian Ross, they were real crimes committed by genuine Brian Ross’s. Here are a couple:

ABC News’ Brian Ross arrested in VT for robbing, beating teenager http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120628/NEWS02/306280020/Five-arrested-St-Albans-pool-death

ABC News’ Brian Ross arrested in TX for skipping bail http://siterunning.info/booking/187189/Phillip-Ross

Burge ends the series with a final tweet, “Correction: In previous tweets I mistakenly identified ABC News’ Brian Ross with a series of arrestees. I apologize to the arrestees.”

  1. David Williamson

    From Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 1602:

    LORD POLONIUS This business is well ended. My liege, and madam, to expostulate What majesty should be, what duty is, Why day is day, night night, and time is time, Were nothing but to waste night, day and time. Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief: your noble son is mad: Mad call I it; for, to define true madness, What is’t but to be nothing else but mad? But let that go.
  2. Leporello

    Here’s an easy way for Romney to gather conservative support instantly:  promise to make David Burge his press secretary.

  3. Mendel

    Would this be the same Joel Pollak who posted the headline at Breitbart.com:

    Contra ABC News, Dark Knight Aurora, CO Shooting Suspect James Holmes Could Be Registered Democrat

    only to clarify a few hours later that he was also most likely chasing after the wrong James Holmes?

    Pathetic all around.

  4. HVTs

    I suppose we should be encouraged by how quickly these scurrilous accusations and false associations with conservatives now get dispelled, ridiculed and rejected.  As recently as the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 the same falsehoods dominated the media narrative for days if not weeks, jumped on by politicians at many levels. The MSM discredits itself every time there is an incident like this.

  5. Richard VanderHoek
    Leporello: Here’s an easy way for Romney to gather conservative support instantly:  promise to make David Burge his press secretary. · 22 minutes ago

    Isn’t that truth!  Iowahawk has a real talent at packing the maximum amount of sarcasm in 140 characters or less.  

  6. Hoosier Daddy
    Mendel: Would this be the same Joel Pollak who posted the headline at Breitbart.com:

    Contra ABC News, Dark Knight Aurora, CO Shooting Suspect James Holmes Could Be Registered Democrat

    only to clarify a few hours later that he was also most likely chasing after the wrong James Holmes?

    Pot, meet kettle. · 6 minutes ago

    Edited 5 minutes ago

    Ummm … I think you may have missed the point.

  7. Instugator

    Michelle Malkin has a nice roundup of the more recent episodes of the “Blame Righty” movement.

    I did notice how Piers Morgan latched his incisors onto the episode to forward his desire for gun prohibition.

    But the most interesting thing I heard all day was the way that Glenn Beck kept interrupting his own program to comment on the nationwide crime spree involving Brian Ross, not necessarily ABC’s Brian Ross mind you – nor even the necessarily the same person-they just didn’t know. 

    Then they followed it up with the note that Brian Ross makes a lot of money, hasn’t released his tax returns and might just be a felon.

    The last one drew a serious snort.

  8. Mendel
    Hoosier Daddy

    Mendel:

    Ummm … I think you may have missed the point.

    And what was that point?

    That MSM journalists show their biases through shoddy research?  I agree.

    That mockery is a great way to call them out on it?  I agree.

    That a journalist who called out the ABC guy while making almost the exact same shoddy and biased mistake as his target is a “national treasure?”  Couldn’t agree less.
  9. flownover

    Thank goodness his name wasn’t something really common like John Smith. Imagine those headlines !Abducted Native American woman involved in shooting .wait, that would never happenNative American Woman Abducted by Shooter in Domestic Invasionthat’s better

  10. Bob Croft

    “When we hear news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.” – Voltaire

  11. Paul J. Croeber

    Beyond the bias it speaks to a profound misunderstanding of the Tea Party itself that is professionally inexcusable for a newsman.

  12. ManBearPig

    Mendel, he was mocking Brian Ross. He searched the web, found a guy with the same name that is a registered democrat and posted that headline. He did it on purpose.

  13. Southern Pessimist

    If I ever break down and join the twittersphere, it will be to follow Iowahawk. Has there ever been a weapon developed that was more perfectly fashioned for the person who mastered it? I mean there was the Bowie knife and many weapons are associated with a name but nobody is as deadly in 140 characters as that guy.

  14. Todd

    The iowahawk is a national treasure.

  15. Brian Watt

    David Burge – You’re a genius! I am so not worthy.

  16. Brasidas

    What if Holmes, in fact, had been a Tea Party member? The implication by Ross, I suppose, would be that there’s a thin line between Tea Partiers and deranged mass murderers. I’m sure Ross was hoping to be able to tar the movement as a whole, but you have to hold a rather warped worldview to even try to make that connection.

  17. Edward Smith

    Just looking at the headlines for this story gives me the beginnings of a headache.

    Seriously, do we really gotta play this Goddamned Stupid Game all over again?  And on fresh corpses?

    Vultures gotta eat but the the people scoring points off this story are are worse than worm dung.

  18. Mendel
    ManBearPig: Mendel, he was mocking Brian Ross. He searched the web, found a guy with the same name that is a registered democrat and posted that headline. He did it on purpose.

    Perhaps, but I re-read the article and it doesn’t sound satirical to me.  And if indeed I have been duped, at least I am not alone: most major news sites, including some on the right, are reporting that Breitbart published and retracted a (serious) story about the shooter being Democrat.

    And if it is satire, I find the Howard Stern-esque tactic of fabricating information about a mass murderer on a prominent website for the sake of a joke on the day of his murders  in very, very poor taste.

  19. Joan of Ark La Tex

    “Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.” – Josey Wales

  20. 10 cents

    Seriously, how could anybody consider David Burge, Iowahawk, a national treasure.  All he seems to do is write sarcastic comedic pieces that would make Shakespeare cry at his lack of language skills.  He paints simple word pictures that if they were on a canvas would make Leonardo Di Vinci art work look like they were drawn by a five year old. Many times I cannot see how his work is funny because I am in tears from laughter  and seeing anything is impossible. Clearly David Burge, Iowahawk, can only be risibly thought of as a national treasure. :-)

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