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ABC Suggests CO Shooter a Tea Partier (Update: ABC Backtracks)

9:58 AM, Jul 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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This morning, on ABC, reporter Brian Ross suggested the Colorado movie theater shooter might be a Tea Party member:  

George Stephanolpoulos: "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."

Brian 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."

George Stephanolpoulos: "Okay, we'll keep looking at that. Brian Ross, thanks very much."

Ross's evidence seems only to be a cursory Google search, nevertheless, he implies the shooter could just be a radical Tea Partier. 

UPDATE: ABC News passes along this editor's note: 

Editor's Note: 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.

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