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It didn’t take long. Despite 12 dead and more than 71 injured, including ten bodies that still remain in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater at this writing, reckless media were looking to exploit the rampage perpetrated by alleged killer, James Holmes, as quickly as possible.
ABC News reporter Brian Ross led the despicable charge, immediately attempting to politicize the issue. “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,” Ross irresponsibly told Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos. Yet within hours, the network was forced to make a retraction. “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 said in a statement. “ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.”
On CNN, criminal profiler Pat Brown theorized that the rampage constituted the “best night” of alleged killer Holmes’ life, one for which he had “planned extensively,” and that such planning likely involved violent video games. “This has been something he has really been into. And now we’re going to find, probably on facebook or anybody who knows him will say, ‘Yeah, he did have a lot of interest in that. He was always playing the video games,” said Brown. “And I’m not saying video games make you a killer. But if you’re a psychopath, video games help you get in the mode to do the killing. So it is a problem in our society with teenaged psychopaths, that they do get inspired by this and want to make it real. So it is a danger but it doesn’t make you a psycho.”
Time Magazine’s Michael Grunwald, in a piece titled “The Aurora Shooting: Sometimes There’s Nothing Wrong With Politicizing a Tragedy,” contends that the “telegenic schoolmarms we call pundits are all denouncing the politicization of the tragedy in Aurora, calling out the crass opportunists who would dare to use human suffering to advance their preferred public policy choices. I feel terrible about what happened in that movie theater, and I’m agnostic about gun control, but there is nothing wrong with politicizing tragedy.”
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