Brian Ross caused quite a bit of commotion on Friday.
He sent the stock market into about a 500 point nosedive. Why you ask? Fake News.
That’s right, Ross reported that Flynn was going to testify against President Trump, saying that Trump ordered him to make contact with the Russians. An earthshattering story!
The only problem was, it wasn’t true.
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What ABC would later call a “mistake”, we call a serious lack of journalistic integrity (if we’re being kind) and a flat out deliberate lie (if we’re being honest).
You see, the report of Trump’s contact with the Russians came AFTER the election was over and Trump had won. It came from the Trump Transition Team, not the campaign. A major difference!
As a Transition Team, contact with the Russians was not only ok, but expected.
Oops! “Sorry for the Fake News” – Brian Ross.
Except even ABC knows it couldn’t allow this to stand so Ross has been suspended for at least 4 weeks.
From Fox News:
ABC News announced Saturday that Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross would be suspended for four weeks without pay over a botched "exclusive" about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
During a live "special report" Friday morning, Ross reported that Flynn would testify that Donald Trump had ordered him to make contact with Russians about foreign policy while he was still a candidate. The report raised the specter of Trump's impeachment and sent the stock market plummeting.
Later in the day, ABC issued a "clarification" to Ross's report, saying that Trump's alleged directive came after he'd been elected president. Ross himself appeared on "World News Tonight," several hours after the initial report, to clarify his error.
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In a statement, ABC News said Ross' report "had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process."