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ABC Retracts Shooter’s Tea Party Connection

Earlier this morning, ABC’s Brian Ross rushed to point out a possible connection between alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes and a “Jim Holmes” whose name appears on a local tea-party group web site. But now ABC is calling that report “incorrect”:

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. Several other local residents with similar names were also contacted via social media by members of the public who mistook them for the suspect.

The suspect is said to be a 24-year-old former medical student, while the man with the similar name could be in his 50s.

UPDATE: ABC has appended an editor’s note / apology to its Aurora story:

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.

Breitbart has an interview with the 52-year-old Hispanic conservative man confused with the alleged shooter.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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