Last week, when reporter Brian Ross said that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn would be testifying that Donald Trump sought communications with Russia regarding foreign policy when he was still a candidate, there were real ramifications. It turns out that Ross was wrong, though, and Trump was president-elect at the time, making that meeting completely appropriate. Ross has been put on unpaid leave, which is pretty lenient considering it's not his first huge blunder and how angry his boss at ABC News was.
As TruthRevolt reported yesterday, Meghan McCain took her co-hosts on The View, particularly the ecstatic Joy Behar, to task for celebrating Ross' uncorroborated report on Friday. But it's worth revisiting the episode to elaborate on McCain's attempt to impress upon her leftist counterparts how Ross' journalistic incompetence has real-world consequences and how it affects Americans' perception of the media. The relevant part of the video starts at 3:10:
Meghan: I have a lot of things to say about this. When it happened in real time I think everyone that was watching the show could see my discomfort at the room erupting like the Dodgers had just won the world series because I do think holding people to both standards I remember when Obama was in office Rush Limbaugh saying "I want my president to fail" and coming out and saying "I could never get behind that because, if our president fails, it means America fails." I feel the same way about Trump. If we're celebrating a breach of national security, something so egregious that, I said this on Friday, it's gonna tear our country apart, there's no need to be cheering and celebrating. To each their own. Whatever. I will say, on the fake news note of this, I was at a Christmas part over the weekend, it's no secret that most of my friends are in conservative media. I feel a lot like I'm an astronaut here from another planet sent here to explain both worlds to one another; that's how different I feel on this show sometimes
Meghan: And I will say, fake news and what we did on Friday, that was what I was being accused of being a part of. And I don't want to sit on a show and feel like we're giving fake news or reacting irresponsibly because the long and short of it is, no matter what happens and, by the way, I think this is far from over but we should take the information that we have and take it in time and explain it to people because having one piece of information which ended up being fake news in my opinion, it doesn't mean an impeachment trial will start this evening.
Joy: Do you believe Brian Ross deliberately did that and put it out as fake news?
Meghan: I don't think it was deliberate, but I think it was fake news.
Joy: That's what fake news means.
Meghan: The Dow dropped 350 points after it happened. There are real-life ramifications. It was fake news and then the Dow dropped. Let me just say one more thing 71% of Alabama voters don't believe that Roy Moore, don't believe the news about Roy Moore being a child molester no matter how many more people come out to say it. That is a complete and total distrust and lack of responsibility on the media's part. Let me tell you...
Joy: No. They distrust the women. That is nothing to do with the media.
Meghan: No. They distrust the media's take on this-
Joy: No. They just report what the women say.
Meghan: They have such a distrust in our journalists right now that they don't believe what they're saying. On election day, the day after, you have a bunch of people going on TV demanding impeachment. The day after. They think, and I feel this way, that there is a liberal bias, and it doesn't matter what happens, they want to take down trump no matter what happens and no matter what happens to the country.
How did the other hosts take it? I may be a writer, but in this case a screenshot is worth a thousand words: