ABC News suspends Brian Ross over erroneous Michael Flynn report

ABC News Investigative Reporter Brian Ross

Hannity briefly recapped Ross's claims-that Trump asked Flynn to contact the Kremlin while still a candidate, not as president-and condemned how quickly the claims spread among other media outlets before being retracted.

ABC News said on Saturday it had suspended Brian Ross, its chief investigative correspondent, over an error in his reporting about former national security adviser Michael Flynn which sent us stocks, the dollar and Treasury yields lower on Friday. On Saturday, ABC News apologized for the error and announced Ross' suspension.

Ross was suspended for four weeks without pay over the weekend.

Now, there's audio of ABC News' President James Goldston torching the news staff for allowing this shoddy story to get through and being reported on live television; Ross used a single, anonymous source for his report. "The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process", the network said in a statement.

On Friday, Ross appeared during ABC's breaking news coverage of the Flynn indictment, during which he weighed in on Flynn's connection to the ongoing federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "And if you are watching at home, have no doubts about fake news now being a clear, present danger to the Trump administration".


Trump later suggested that people who lost money when the stock market slipped after Ross's report should file a lawsuit against ABC News-a move that probably would not work, legal experts told CNN.

Ross, 69, joined the network in 1994.

He also, though, has drawn criticism for previous errors.

Ross acknowledged the error, and his punishment Saturday night. "That change has had many consequences for the practice of journalism".

"The problem", Clark added, "is that a mistake like this, even though it's ultimately corrected, and the reporter punished for it, feeds into a narrative that is now poisonous. I think it's very important for journalists in this political culture to be more aggressive, and more cautious at the same time".

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