Using the Brian Ross Method of Investigative Reporting

In a brlliant example of hard-nosed journalistic method (mainstream media version), ABC's Brian Ross, in the early moments of coverage of the mass murder in a Colorado movie theater, found clear evidence that the gunman was a member of a local Tea Party group.  His evidence: a man with the same name appears on a website listing the members of said organization.  (Read and watch here.) With the news-sniffing instincts of a bloodhound, Ross' immediate response to this unfolding story, while others were obsessing about insignificant details like how many people had been shot, was to go internet-surfing in search of a way to tie this act of brutality to constitutional conservatives.  One can only presume that Mr. Ross' phone has been ringing off the hook with requests for guest lectures at every journalism school in America.  A genius! Inspired by the intellectual lightness of foot displayed by Mr. Ross, I've done a little research of my own, and made some similarly...(Read Full Post)