The post-Aurora willingness of The New York Times, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and liberal politicians to exploit a tragedy to advance their policy agendas was predictable, but shameful.

The initial New York Times story on the tragedy was headlined “Gunman kills 12 in Colorado, reviving gun debate.” The most important aspect of what happened was apparently not the body count, but the opportunity the shooting would give The Times and others within the liberal community to once again raise the “need” for more gun control.

ABC’s Brian Ross jumped in early to finger The Tea Party. Upon learning the police had arrested a James Holmes, Ross or one of his assistants searched Tea Party internet sites for a James Holmes and actually found someone with that name on a Colorado site. No further checking seemed necessary. Ross went on air to breathlessly report that the James Ross who shot up the Aurora, Colorado theater was “a tea partier.”