ABC News president excoriates staff over Brian Ross' Michael Flynn error

by Garry Watts December 5, 2017, 1:42
ABC News president excoriates staff over Brian Ross' Michael Flynn error

It was also the day where The View's co-host, Joy Behar, jumped for glee over the erroneous news.

Hours later, ABC News was forced to correct that report from Ross, noting that the alleged directive came after Donald Trump had already been elected president, not when he was a candidate.

ABC News says it has suspended Brian Ross, its chief investigative correspondent, over an error in his reporting about former national security adviser Michael Flynn which sent United States stocks, the dollar and Treasury yields lower on Friday.

The counselor to President Donald Trump made the comments while appearing on Fox Business Network, during which she discussed Ross mistakenly claiming former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn would testify that Trump told him to contact Russian officials prior to his election.

She went on to argue that the error by ABC News is a prime example of why many conservatives have a distrust in the media.

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Conway said the botched report reflects a "hunger to get rid of this president and talk about Russian Federation collusion", criticizing ABC News for how the story "lived for hours and hours and hours before they did any action on it".

"On Friday's show, apparently I was guilty of premature evaluation", Behar admitted, and began to describe what happened.

Guest co-host Ana Navarro said, "He clearly made a mistake, he's paying the consequences for that mistake, and I think it's a good standard". Although there was ostensibly no intent to mislead the public by Ross and the network issued a clarification - then a correction - to their story, McCain called the report "fake news". It's not important to be first, rather it's important to be right.

In suggesting Ross should be fired for his error, Conway appeared to have forgotten some of her own lapses, including arguing the case for "alternative facts"; suggesting mistakenly that there had been a awful massacre in "Bowling Green"; and telling reporters there were microwaves that could turn into cameras. It was subsequently reported by various other news agencies. "Ross has been suspended for a month". "It would have been a very different story", he said. On Monday, Behar tried to make light of the error. "I hear they have a pill for that", she said.

"I don't want to sit on a show where I feel like we're giving fake news or reacting irresponsibly", McCain said.

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