ABC News’ chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross was served a four week suspension without pay for botching a report on Donald Trump in which he claimed the candidate directed former national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact Russian officials before the 2016 election. If true, the story would’ve caused a unanimous “we told you so” from the Left which has wished for collusion since day one.
Unfortunately, one tiny detail stood in Ross’s way of having the bombshell story of the year: Trump directed Flynn after he won the presidency and only then sought help with things like fighting ISIS.
Ross’s blunder for sure got him the suspension, but once he gets back to work — and why he still has a job, no one knows — he is forbidden from covering the president ever again.
After U.S. stocks took a nose dive in the wake of Ross’s haste to attack the GOP, ABC News went into damage control with the following statement:
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday … As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online.”
In other words, they’re on it, or something?
And just like the financial district, shockwaves also ran through the journalism industry, as surely news outlets recalibrated newsrooms to ensure they keep the public’s trust. ABC News chief James Goldston had to remind his staff:
“I don’t even know how many times we’ve talked about this, how many times we have talked about the need to get it right. That how we have to be right and not first. About how in this particular moment, with the stakes as high as these stakes are right now, we cannot afford to get it wrong.”
Oh, but how often you do.
H/T Washington Times