In a world where the phrase “fake news” is tossed around indiscriminately, it’s important for major news publications to get their stories right, especially when they have an influence on the lives of American citizens. ABC News knows this which is why they suspended Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross for reporting candidate Donald Trump had ordered Michael Flynn to contact the Russians and that Flynn would testify about it.
This was false. It sent the stock markets plummeting and raised the specter of impeachment back into the public eye. The purpose of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is to expose Russian meddling with the 2016 election. This false report, which were echoed by ABC News for hours after Ross reported it, would change the entire scope of politics for the nation going forward.
ABC News put out a brief release about Ross’s suspension:
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
If Flynn is going to testify against the administration, it is likely going to focus on Jared Kushner. While still damaging to the President, the potential blowback is much lower than what would have happened if Ross’s report was accurate.
During a live “special report” Friday morning, Ross reported that Flynn would testify that Donald Trump had ordered him to make contact with Russians about foreign policy while Trump was still a candidate. The report raised the specter of Trump’s impeachment and sent the stock market plummeting.
Later in the day, ABC News — part of the reliably liberal Disney ABC Television Network — issued a “clarification” to Ross’s report, saying that Trump’s alleged directive came after he’d been elected president. That’s a key distinction in any investigation of Russian actions during the campaign. Ross himself appeared on “World News Tonight” several hours after the initial report to clarify his error.