After running a fake news story about President Trump, ABC News promptly handed down a four-week suspension without pay to chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross. Ross incorrectly reported a story that suggested former Nat. Security Advisor Michael Flynn would testify that President Trump had directed him to make contact with Russian officials while Trump was still a candidate for President. On Saturday, ABC issued the following statement in regards to the fake news story:
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.”
In a rare move following ABC’s statement, President Trump praised the network (he often bashes) for taking immediate action. He then asked that other crooked media outlets follow suit when such “fake news” stories are published, as we have seen time and time again. Here is President Trump’s statement on the matter:
“Congratulations to ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and “papers” should do the same with their Fake News!”
Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and “papers” should do the same with their Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
Although Flynn did admit to communicating with Russia on his own behalf, and lied to the FBI about such contact, the conversations he had in no way had to do with President Trump’s campaign. Yet there has been a large-scale of media hype and speculation that blows the whole episode out of proportion.
Ross’s hit piece is only the latest example of how mainstream news tries to implicate Trump in wrongdoings and collusion with Russia, based on false, made up information. We shall see if other mainstream news outlets handle such false reporting to the same standard as ABC.
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