'Shameless': ABC News baselessly smears Tea Party with unverified ‘report’

Shortly after this morning's tragic shooting in an Aurora, CO movie theater, federal law enforcement officials reported that the suspect was in custody. James Holmes, a 24-year-old white male, is the masked gunman responsible for taking the lives of 12 people early Friday morning. The FBI is currently reporting that Holmes acted alone, has no significant criminal history, and they do not believe he is associated with any known terrorist organizations. The motive of the shooter is currently unknown.

Despite the information provided by officials in Colorado, it didn’t take long for the mainstream media to lose focus from the loss of human life and begin politicizing the tragic events.

“There are many reports now on who this shooter was because there seems to be quite a few James Holmes in the Aurora area. In fact, I believe there are 30 of them. But that hasn't stopped the media from saying, "Oh, it's this one. It's this one. It's this one. Look at this website." Some media outlets are just posting Facebook pages and they don't even know if they have the right guy,” Glenn told listeners this morning.

One of the 'James Holmes' who has been selected at random by the “journalists” in the mainstream media posted this on his Facebook page this morning:

“Dearest random Facebook people who keep confusing me for a mass murderer and yet still send me Facebook requests. I appreciate the fact that you're trying to become better informed about the occurrences last night in Aurora, but you have been somewhat misled in that I am not the man who did it. I am not 24 year old gun slinging killer from Aurora. I'm a 22 year old book slinging mass eater in Littleton, somewhat distinct I would assume. But I would appreciate it if you would read this particular post and not assume that it would be interesting to be friends with someone on Facebook who is very possibly going to be probably going to be in jail and not be able to confirm your friend request anyway. Or even be friends with his girlfriend. In the picture it's him and his girlfriend. Or even be friends with his girlfriend who had the rather interesting experience of having to tell someone she had a job interview with that she is not, in fact, dating a serial killer. James Holmes happens to be a pretty common name, surprisingly. So try not to jump the gun.”

After hearing this Pat pointed out that ABC News clearly didn’t take this advice.

Brian Ross, “Chief Investigative Correspondent” for ABC News, didn’t spend much time covering the victims of the theater shooting this during ABC’s live coverage (or from his personal Twitter account), instead he took an unverified “report” (otherwise known at ABC as a Google search) to try and connect James Holmes to the Colorado Tea Party.

Ross was 100% inaccurate in his statement, which has now been retracted, but that won’t stop the smear from continuing to spread.

Here is Brian Ross' statement this morning on ABC:

“There is 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 is Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”

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One of the first things Glenn said this morning on his radio program was that someone would jump on this tragedy and use it for their own political narrative – ABC News was that outlet.

Stu described it as “some of the worst reporting I've ever seen in my entire life.”

“I have to tell you if I'm Jim Holmes and that is my Tea Party website, I as a Tea Party and I as Jim Holmes sue ABC News. I sue them,” Glenn said. “It's time to teach these people a lesson. Sue them. You smeared me nationally. You've smeared the Tea Party organization nationally. You have taken a crisis and made it into a political statement. You don't even know. And what good does that information do anyone? None. It does none.”

ABC News has retracted the comments and issued this apology:

“An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.”

Brian Ross isn’t the only public figure trying to turn this into a political event. Twitchy has statements from others pushing for gun control and pointing fingers in the wake of the massacre.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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