ABC News apologizes for ‘serious error’ in Flynn report, suspends reporter for four weeks

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December 3, 2017

1060x600-a03e5655da5088d7031e7d3b9c212ca9ABC News announced that it will suspend reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after the outlet issued a correction to a report about former Trump aide Michael Flynn.

“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,” the cable news company wrote in a statement Saturday night. “The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.”

The original report, published in the morning Friday, cited a source saying President Trump requested that Flynn make contact with the Russians while he was a candidate in the 2016 presidential election. ABC later issued a “clarification” then a “correction,” saying that Trump made the request after the election during the transition.

Ross’ faulty reporting, which was delivered on ABC News’ “Special Report,” led to news organizations, including the Washington Examiner, to cite the report and share it with their own audiences. Similarly, news outlets, like the Washington Examiner, scrambled hours later to update and correct their stories one ABC News revealed the error.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • WALTER FLATT says:

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE HEADLINES THAT MOST PAPERS HAS AND THEN READ THE CONTENTS, BOY, DO THEY KNOW HOW TO TWIST THE WORDS, MOST DO NOT READ ALL THE CONTENTS, JUST LOOK AT THE HEADLINES WHICH WILL MAKE YOU THINK THAT TRUMP HAS BEEN ARRESTED, ETC. THIS ESPECIALLY FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS WHICH MOST NEWSPAPERS COPY.

  • Ted Crawford says:

    The only “error” they made was in assuming they would get away with this egregious attack! Failing that they are throwing Ross under the bus and hoping it will all go away!
    Everybody who lost money in the downturn created by this sick attack should sue ABC!

  • Maxx says:

    The entire MSM are communists. Thee is no other explanation. Communism can only take hold when they control certain aspects of a society. They have 99% of the media and all of the social networking organizations. They have 85% of academia where they indoctrinate our young people. They own Hollywierd which produces the role models for every type of perversion imaginable. The have 49% of our government. The only thing they don’t have is the heart of America. November 2016 proved that. Time for patriotic Americans to understand what needs to be done to keep America a free society and country.

  • Dan says:

    Typical media response, if no news then make something up. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not get it out there so the lefties can continue whining.

  • Navy Bob says:

    Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Stephen Glass, now Brian Ross. What is the pattern? Liberal “Journalists” with a difficulty for the truth. He will be “rehabilitated” and excused by the rest of the media, just like the rest. Dan Rather, after lying to try to influence a Presidential Election, is now a “revered” member of the media, as long as he keeps coming out with anti-Trump opinion pieces. Williams is back on TV, albeit in a minor role on a minor network (MS-DNC and their 100’s of viewers). What’s next for Ross? How about a seat on the dais of the View where he can spread more lies to excite Joy Behar?

  • webb says:

    America Burns…
    Yet, Its Russia, Russia, Russia, and more Russia…
    ☆★☆

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