ABC SUSPENDS Brian Ross After FAKE NEWS Bombshell Story About Flynn And Trump

ABC SUSPENDS Brian Ross After FAKE NEWS Bombshell Story About Flynn And Trump

As you all know, ABC dropped a bombshell in the Trump/Russia collusion case which stated that Trump himself had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians during his Presidential campaign. If this had been true, it would have been absolutely devastating to the Trump administration.

Unfortunately for ABC and the rest of the salivating liberal outlets who breathlessly reported on this like sharks who caught a whiff of blood in the water, ABC has had to retract their initial report due to the fact that they did not vet their source (singular) well enough. Because of this egregious error, they have slapped anchor Brian Ross with a four-week unpaid suspension.

Ross reported that Flynn had promised to testify against Trump and his family with regards to the Russia collusion case, stating that then-candidate Trump had ordered him to make contact with Russian officials. This screamed of impropriety, but the source that leaked this information to Brian Ross and ABC News later amended their story and was forced to admit that the directive actually took place during the Presidential transition. This is a huge difference, given that Trump was to become President and needed to establish lines of communication with foreign leaders. It went from a nuclear story to a big, fat nothing-burger in the course of a few hours.

The executives at ABC released a statement about the error, and apologized profusely.

“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,” they wrote. “The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process. 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,” the statement continued. “We fell far short of that yesterday. Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.”

So why is this significant? In the hours that followed the report, we had outlets reporting false information that appeared to be totally legitimate. They used this as a way to puff their egos and say “I told you so” to the people who won’t believe that Trump actually colluded with the Russians until there is definitive proof. This is just another example of a fake news outlet that refused to properly vet a source because they agreed with their bias.

It is good to know, however, that the anchor is facing disciplinary action following this and that ABC didn’t try to downplay what happened.

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