ABC News' Brian Ross Suspended Following Michael Flynn Gaffe

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2017

Ross was suspended for four weeks the next day. Eight hours after his report had been released, ABC issued a "correction," which stated that Flynn was "directed" to "make contact with the Russians during the transition", not during the campaign.

That's enough, Trump said, for "people who lost money" when stocks fell to consider suing ABC "for the damages this bad reporting has caused - many millions of dollars!"


That would have been an explosive development in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, but hours later, Mr Ross clarified that report on the evening news, saying that his source now said that Mr Trump had done so as president-elect, after the election. "Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt", Trump wrote.

As a result of the report - which ABC News admits was "not fully vetted through our editorial standards process" - Ross was suspended for one month without pay, a move he agreed with. The network didn't seem to care and "Brian Ross went with it anyway", Fleischer added, referring to a 2001 story that tied Iraq to an anthrax attack in the United States.


"I don't even know how many times we've talked about this, how many times we have talked about the need to get it right", Goldston said, CNN reported. "About how in this particular moment, with the stakes as high as these stakes are right now, we can not afford to get it wrong", he stated. Then, ABC News upgraded the clarification to a correction.

In audio from a conference call CNN said it had obtained, Goldston also announced the network's chief investigative reporter would no longer cover stories related to President Donald Trump. But any federal investigation of Ross for a securities violation is highly unlikely, said Nicolas Morgan, an attorney who practices securities litigation and who used to work as a senior trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Journalism ethics experts said ABC's mistake would only help Trump and his allies make the case against mainstream media. "And I will say that fake news, and what we did on Friday, that's what I was accused of being a part of". "More Networks and "papers" should do the same with their Fake News!" the president tweeted on Saturday. The claim was made based on only one anonymous source.

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