Why aren't reporters and networks not being called out for breaking the 8th Commandment? Surely fake news qualifies as a mortal sin especially for reporters and media newsrooms!
ABC suspends Ross for errors in Flynn report
NEW YORK — ABC News on Saturday suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for his erroneous report on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, which it called a “serious error.”
Ross, citing an unnamed confidant of Flynn, had reported Friday that during the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump had directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians. That would have been an explosive development in the Russia investigation, but hours later, Ross clarified the report on the evening news, saying that his source now said that Trump had done so as president-elect, after the election. At that point, he said, Trump had asked Flynn to contact the Russians about issues including working together to fight Islamic State.
ABC was widely criticized for merely clarifying and not correcting the report. It issued a correction later in the evening.
“The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process,” the network said in a statement Saturday.
The news brought reaction from Trump, who tweeted: “Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and “papers” should do the same with their Fake News!”
As for Ross, who is ABC’s chief investigative correspondent, he tweeted: “My job is to hold people accountable and that’s why I agree with being held accountable myself.”
Ross, 69, has won a slew of journalism awards, but he has drawn criticism for previous errors.