Let’s be clear – there’s a difference between a “mistake” and intentionally injecting your own leftwing political agenda into your reporting. And Brian Ross’s report raising the possibility of a Tea Party connection to the Aurora, Colorado Batman movie shootings was no “mistake.”
Establishment media lefties, like Ross, have routinely tried to sell the idea that the Tea Party is a violent rightwing fringe group from the moment the movement began. As a result, every time there is a violent public act committed in America, they begin to look for a Tea Party connection.
What’s even more troubling, however, is the fact that in their zeal to report on the non-existent threat posed by the Tea Party, the establishment media routinely ignores or downplays the real terrorist threat posed by radicals aligned with left-leaning causes and allegedly oppressed minorities.
The National Counterterrorism Center’s Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS) publicly lists 35 terrorist incidents involving all types of terrorists as occurring in the United States between the beginning of 2004 and the end of September 2011. Twenty-five of these can be linked to domestic terrorists. Of the 25, the vast majority -- 22 -- can be attributed to environmental or animal rights extremists. (“The Domestic Terrorist Threat,” Congressional Research Service report, May 15, 2012)
You have to look pretty hard to find reporting on eco-terrorism – yet groups such as Earth Liberation Front (ELF) have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage by torching SUVs, homes and commercial developments they claim are a threat to the environment.
Try finding an establishment media report critical of the radical animal rights groups that have conducted arson attacks and vandalism against research facilities.
While the Tea Party is composed of middle class patriots who want to restore constitutional government – and even pick-up after themselves at their rallies and events – the establishment media long ago decided to paint the movement as a scary and violent bunch of rightwing extremists.
That’s not a “mistake.” That’s media bias in its most blatant and ugly form.
The non-apology apology Brian Ross issued after he was caught sliming the wrong Jim Holmes and the Tea Party is not enough to set things right. While nothing can really correct the decades of establishment media bias against conservatives in which the establishment media have engaged, what ABC should really do is follow Brian Ross’ apology with a network-wide admission that it has long been biased against conservatives -- and issue an apology for that, too.