Jonah Goldberg was correct to excoriate ABC News reporter Brian Ross for making an inflammatory speculation that alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes could be connected to the "tea party" (he isn't). Ross is guilty of fanning viewer hysteria.
However, in Goldberg's attempt to drag HBO's"The Newsroom"into his wide net, he is guilty of the same mistake as Ross. The entire premise of "The Newsroom" is that the fictional news show shuns speculation. Ross' statements, far from being "an audition for "'The Newsroom,'" would not have been allowed on that show.
Does Goldberg dislike the fictional newsroom's mission of exposing the difference between fact-based journalists and those who allow extreme opinions to boost ratings? Who knows? This is just my speculation.