After having to correct what initially seemed to be a massive bombshell story on former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump, ABC has Brian Ross. Naturally, we’re talking about the downfall of a famous host whose false information sent markets tumbling.
While the veteran newsman has a really long history of erroneous reports, experts believe this one represents one of the most damaging. After all, we’re talking about false information that essentially suggested that Trump colluded with the Russians.
Citing a single anonymous source, Ross falsely reported that Flynn was prepared to confess that Trump ordered him to make contacts with the Kremlin during the presidential campaign. The network later corrected the report, saying the still-unnamed source had “clarified” that the Republican’s order took place after the election. Basically, Trump made this move during his administration’s transition phase into power.
In their correction, ABC said that it was soon after the election that Trump directed Flynn to contact Kremlin officials on matters that included working jointly against ISIS. Naturally, that correction turned a bombshell story into a relatively benign one.
After all, the initial story appeared to undercut Trump’s longstanding claim that he never ordered anyone to contact the Kremlin during the presidential election. In fact, the stock market plummeted more than 350 points after the ABC report, considering the implications this story would have in case it was real.
In a statement, ABC assured they deeply regret and apologize for the “serious error” they made. In addition, the network pointed out that the reporting conveyed by Ross during the special report hadn’t been fully vetted through their editorial standards process.
Also, the statement said that as a result of their continued reporting over the next several hours they determined the information was wrong. In fact, the network assured they corrected the mistake online and on air.
Finally, ABC said in its statement that the veteran newsman will be suspended for a month without pay. The network said it is vital to get the story right and retain the trust they have built with their audience.
Apparently, the source for Ross’s report was a former senior aide to Flynn and an ABC contributor named Richard Frankel. After Ross’s segment, the liberal media network decided to publish an article quoting Frankel at length.
Flynn did have direct contact with the Kremlin. However, the only known interactions happened after was elected president, which automatically eliminates the illegal element of this act.
Of course, experts believe those contacts could potentially cause some problems for Trump and some in his administration. Nevertheless, they do not fit into the narrative that the Trump team colluded with the Kremlin in order to win the presidential election.
On Friday, a “statement of offense” released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed that on Dec. 22, Flynn received a controversial order. Apparently, he was directed by a “very senior” official on the Trump transition team to contact Sergey Kislyak and other foreign diplomats. The intention of this move was to quash a United Nations proposal aimed at sanctioning Israel over its West Bank settlements. According to several media outlets, that mysterious official was later identified as the President son-in-law .
Mueller´s statement of offense also revealed that seven days later, Flynn spoke with a “senior” official of Trump transition team about new sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russia for hacking during the presidential campaign. That senior official was recently identified as K.T. McFarland, who would later serve as deputy national security adviser under Flynn.
If you doubtreports can have an influence, just remember the affect ‘s Brian Ross had on the stock market. Somehow, I don’t think folks who lost money feel satisfied with his 4-week slap on the wrist.
— Red Nation Rising (@RedNationRising)
Flynn was fired national security adviser on February 13, purportedly because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Kislyak. Since that moment, he has been swimming in.
Regarding the veteran newsman, the truth is that he has a concerning history of spreading fake. Believe it or not, Politico described Ross back in 2012 as responsible for “more high-level haphazard reporting than perhaps any other reporter on television.”
That brutal description came after Ross incorrectly linked the Aurora, Colorado mass shooter James Holmes to the Tea Party movement. Naturally, ABC was forced to release a statement pointing out that the report was incorrect.
Other famous fake bombshells include a manufactured video that alleged to show out-of-control acceleration on Toyota cars and falsely connecting the anthrax attacks in 2001 to Iraq
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