ABC News Chief Reportedly Expressed ‘Rage and Disappointment’ to Staff Over Brian Ross Screwup

Following the bombshell news that ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over his Russian contacts, ABC News’ Brian Ross delivered an explosive report that stated that Flynn would testify that then-candidate Donald Trump directed Flynn to contact Russian officials. Hours later, ABC News issued a clarification — later amended to a correction — to Ross’ report, pointing out that Trump didn’t make this request of Flynn until he was president-elect. With Ross now serving a four-week suspension over the erroneous report, and Trump tweeting that people should sue the network for financial losses due to the brief drop in the stock market in the wake of the story, the president of ABC News is apparently livid with his news staff over this mistake. According to CNN, ABC News President James Goldston tore into the staff earlier today during an editorial call. Pointing Ross will not cover Trump stories moving forward, Goldston let it be known how angry he was with how the whole thing went down. “I don’t think ever in my career have I felt more rage and disappointment and frustration that I felt through this weekend and through the last half of Friday,” he exclaimed. Goldston added that they had talked about the need to get it right and not worry about being first. “About how in this particular moment, with the stakes as high as these stakes are right now, we cannot afford to get it wrong,” he stated. The ABC News chief further noted that the network got killed on social media over the weekend, claiming that there were 250,000 tweets sent about the error with “99 percent negative.” Additionally, he was frustrated that it took at least seven hours for ABC News to correct its reporting. CNN also reported that numerous ABC News employees are embarrassed over Ross’ mistake, stating that “no one wants to work with him.” [image via screengrab] — Follow Justin Baragona on Twitter: @justinbaragona

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