ABC News Suspends Brian Ross Four Weeks Without Pay Following False Report


Earlier this week we were all staggered by an ABC report, which said that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was ordered by President Trump to make contact with the Russian government and that he was ready to testify about that. This came as quite a shock to everybody, even to the left. However, this report turned out to be false as we later learned that Brian Ross, the one who reported this, corrected his initial report, publicly admitting that it was a mistake.

Now, according to the latest news, ABC is suspending Ross four weeks without pay for an inaccurate report that aired on Friday.


Obtained by Breitbart:

The report claimed Donald Trump had directed his eventual National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Russians while running for president as a candidate.

Ross followed up his reporting later that day with a “clarification,” claiming it was not while Trump was a candidate, but as president-elect.

Statement as follows:

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.

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.

The shocking but erroneous initial report had a profound impact on the markets, causing the Dow Jones industrial average to plummet by more than 300 points in midday. (It later recovered somewhat to close about 40 points lower for the day.)

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