ABC News Suspends Brian Ross for Erroneous Michael Flynn Report

ABC News announced tonight that veteran investigative reporter Brian Ross has been suspended for four weeks without pay after botching a story on Michael Flynn yesterday. During a report on the former national security advisor to Donald Trump, Ross wrongly claimed the president advised Flynn to make contact with the Russians during the campaign — when he was still a candidate. Obviously, this detail made the report much more damning against Trump, as it would go a long way in proving the Russia collusion narrative but it was ultimately too good to be true. Yesterday, ABC News attempted to walk-back this error by issuing the following correction: “Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians during the transition — initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria, confidant now says.” However, this statement was not enough the network has now taken direct action against Ross for his role in the error. “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,” said ABC News. Many critics of the network’s error have suggested it may have been partially responsible for the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s major drop yesterday. [image via screengrab] Follow the author on Twitter (@calebecarma).

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