Pathetic: ABC News suspends Brian Ross for four weeks for spreading fake news

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Wow, he gets to enjoy the holidays with his family. Such a serious punishment. Wretched hacks.
From MSN: ABC News has announced that Brian Ross would be suspended for four weeks without pay “effective immediately.”
“It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience – these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday,” the network said in a statement on Saturday. “Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.”
Ross came under considerable fire on Friday after he erroneously reported on live television that then-candidate Donald Trump had instructed Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians. In a correction seven hours later, the channel admitted that it was “President-elect” Trump who had made the request of Flynn — a pretty significant difference.
ABC issued a correction on Twitter and also updated their original article.
ABC has sustained withering criticism from all corners of the internet since the error first became known Friday.
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,” the network continued in its latest statement. “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 concluded.
It’s not the first time Ross has come under fire for playing fast and loose with the facts, either. In 2012, he falsely suggested that the Aurora shooter Jim Holmes had been a member of the Colorado Tea Party — he was not.
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brackenkaren
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The problem is many that want to believe the fake report will discount the truth. He should have been fired.

Twinkletoes
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I read that he was already scheduled to be off during this time, so the only punishment might be the “without pay” part. If they were serious, they would fire the jerk.

MeThePeople
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MeThePeople

Somehow I heard the original FAKENEWS probably on CBS network ALL LIES-TV; but the retraction not so much. It was muted and under reported.
You try to get traffic and weather and they slip in the propaganda.
By admitting they did not adequately verify the report before broadcasting it, didn’t ABC violate the law?
They ought to get heavily fined and publicly humiliated and Ross should be fired.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Amazing the difference that one misplaced, or replaced, word can make in the overall perception.

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Maryaha
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“had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.”
What standards? ABC has no standards!

MeThePeople
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MeThePeople

As was just pointed out, there needs to be a consensus regarding editorial standards, and a lower threshold for slander and libel.
They keep slinging the bullcrap and seeing what sticks.
Somehow NYT vs Sullivan has legitimized FAKENEWS.

Grif
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Grif

This just bolsters my belief that the left-wing socialist Trump hating media will never let the truth stand in the way of a good slander of our president. ABC new very well what Ross was saying. The network is only trying to make reparations, because it got caught in a lie.

daveyone1
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Alma
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Alma

Keep’m coming!!!!

cogitoergosumantra
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The same crap was spewed endlessly by the Sunday morning news show pundits and their guests. Stephanopoulos, Todd, and (to a slightly lesser extent) Dickerson had me ready to throw the TV out the window… as did that twit Democrat Congressman Adam Schitt, who should be prosecuted for slander for the things he said. Pure conspiratorial speculation passed off as if it were truth, and you know full well the majority watching aren’t going to see through his contrived, talking-point lies — and the whys behind them — to attack Trump and the GOP. And this from a former prosecutor… Read more »

CP
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CP

Brian Ross has a long history of shoddy sourcing, outright fabrications, and all around cringeworthy reporting…
Liberals should cringe at Brian Ross’ attacks on Mark Levin
https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/why-even-liberals-should-cringe-at-brian-ross-baseless-attacks-on-mark-levin

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

As usual for dirtbags…

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ABC News president James Goldston excoriated staff Monday over Brian Ross’ major error on a report about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and announced that Ross, the network’s chief investigative reporter, will no longer cover stories related to President Trump. […]
https://money.cnn.com/2017/12/04/media/abc-news-president-brian-ross-flynn-correction/index.html

CalGirl
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Brian Ross is a serial liar. Period. Why is he STILL in the business of “journalism?” He and Hillary should go the way of old “has-been” de-bunked reprobates.