ABC News anchor Brian Ross has been suspended after the network had to correct a story which initially appeared to be a bombshell. The story was, of course, against Republicans — Donald Trump to be exact, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. In fact, the story was so significant that it rocked financial markets.
This wasn’t Ross’s first brush with fallacious reporting. Not one to learn from past mistakes, however, the reporter rolled out the story emanating from a single anonymous source, and he falsely stated that Flynn was prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to contact Russia during the 2016 campaign. Later, there was a correction made: the right story was that the President had given the order after the election and during his transition phase into the White House.
The correction was worded thusly:
“It was shortly after the election, that President-elect Trump directed Flynn to contact Russian officials on topics that included working jointly against ISIS.”
Big difference. Especially since Trump has maintained that he never told anyone to contact Russia during his presidential run. With Ross’s error, an incidental story became a monumental one. And that became one ABC had to embarrassingly take back, in a statement:
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process...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.”
Furthermore, the network relayed:
“It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience –- these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday. Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.”
Ross may not be too fazed: he’s also the dunce who inaccurately linked the mass murderer who shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado to the Tea Party. Additionally, he was responsible for producing a fraudulent video exposing a Toyota defect, and for wrongly connecting anthrax attacks to Iraq in 2001. Funny how his erroneous rushes to report haven't implicated the Left.
In 2012, Politico said of Ross:
“He has…produced more high-level haphazard reporting than perhaps any other reporter on television.”
Way to go, buddy.
Surely left-wing ABC was sorely disappointed by the fact that Ross’s initial report was wrong. For a moment in time, it was the media's -- and the Democrats' -- "gotcha" moment; The View's Joy Behar actually cackled with delight when interrupting the show to share the "breaking news" with the audience. But in the light of reality, as it turned out, ABC served up the very thing the Left claims is solely a right-wing phenomenon, and what Trump has accused them of all along: fake news.