TheTeaParty.Net Condemns ABC's Irresponsible Smear Against The Peaceful Tea Party Movement

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TheTeaParty.net, one of the largest national Tea Party groups in the country, condemned ABC's Bryan Ross's reporting on the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting today. "For the second time in recent years, the mainstream media has falsely reported that Tea Party members were responsible for horrible acts of violence," said TheTeaParty.Net Chief Strategist Dustin Stockton. "The Tea Party is a peaceful, legitimate political movement, and to repeatedly associate its law-abiding members with lunatic killers is beyond irresponsible."

On today's Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos, ABC News's Brian Ross reported that the shooter responsible for numerous deaths in the Aurora theater tragedy, Jim Holmes, was a member of a Colorado tea party organization. Mr Ross made this demonstrably false claim before even checking to find that there are more than 14 people in Aurora, Colorado named Jim Holmes. ABC later issued a brief retraction and apology on its website, but only after the damage had been done.

"This incident is more than just a lapse of journalistic standards," argues Stockton. "It raises huge questions about ABC News's political agenda. Of the more than 14 Jim Holmes's in the Aurora area, they singled out the one who happens to be involved in a local Tea Party group as a possible killer. By suggesting that Tea Party members are more likely to commit random acts of insane violence than other Americans, ABC News has smeared millions of hard-working, principled Americans."

TheTeaParty.Net formally condemns ABC's false reporting, as well as its unnecessary politicization of this unthinkable tragedy. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected by todays shootings," said Stockton. "I only wish that our national mourning hadn't been marred by ABC's misreporting and political fear-mongering."

Founded in 2009, TheTeaParty.net (TTP), a 50l (c) 4 is one of the nation’s largest Tea Party organizations with almost 1,000,000 hits a month and more than 300,000 members. Devoted to providing educational and leadership resources to local organizations, TheTeaParty.net offers free tools, including a national calendar, petitions, Tea Party locator map, free virtual and location-specific events.

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