There Is No Such Thing as 'Politicizing' a Tragedy

Max Read · 07/20/12 05:25PM

It hasn't even been 24 hours since a gunman opened fire on a crowded movie theater in Colorado and you can already predict the entire, familiar scene: the days and days of arguments about gun control, about mental health treatment access, about violence in movies and television. And, of course, the angry accusations that one person or another is "politicizing tragedy," unquestionably the worst sin in post-tragedy rhetoric.

America's Wrongest Reporter, ABC News' Brian Ross, Demonstrates Yet Again How He Earned the Title [UPDATED]

John Cook · 07/20/12 10:22AM

When there's breaking news, especially about terrorism and national security, ABC News' Brian Ross is there. And under no circumstances should you listen to anything he says. His latest breathtakingly reckless report: Some Tea Party guy on the internet has the same name as the Dark Knight Rises shooter, so, you know, they have the same name. So there you go. Tea Party.

AP: The Iraq War's Not Over

Hamilton Nolan · 09/03/10 12:19PM

In your pre-vacation Friday media column: the AP warns reporters on war propaganda, another Newsweek departure, China's "future of journalism" candidate, and ABC pulls a story, while standing by it.

ABC News Wants Ruth Madoff to Answer for Her Crimes

Brian Moylan · 07/16/10 02:55PM

ABC News tracked down Ruth Madoff, wife of Ponzi schemer Bernie, and she was sitting at a Le Pain Quotidian in Midtown with her hair dyed red. You'll never believe what she said to the camera. It's shocking. Shocking!

ABC News' Wrongest Reporter Strikes Again

John Cook · 12/30/09 02:23PM

There was a major terrorism incident this week, which means ABC News' chronically wrong investigative reporter Brian Ross rushed in with a highly suspect blockbuster story about it. This time, he claimed former Gitmo inmates planned the Christmas bombing attempt.

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 10/23/09 07:07AM

The most terrifying woman on cable news, Nancy Grace, turns 50 today. Director Sam Raimi and "Weird Al" Yankovic are both turning 50 today, too. Actor Ryan Reynolds is 33. Oscar-winning director Ang Lee is 55. Writer Augusten Burroughs is turning 44. ABC News correspondent Brian Ross turns 61. Jessica Stroup of 90210 is 23. Retired soccer legend Pelé is turning 69. Andy Warhol muse Jane Holzer is 69. And Meghan McCain turns 25 today. A list of people celebrating their birthdays this weekend is below.