During the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, a time of unparalleled pummeling of an administration, ABC News’s Brian Ross did a story on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. In that report, Ross claimed that CANDIDATE Trump ordered Flynn to set up a diplomatic channel with Russia. It turns out that PRESIDENT-ELECT Trump gave Flynn that order.
The mistake cost Ross a month’s work and salary.
Now, Ross is calling it quits with the network.
Ross’s executive producer Rhonda Schwartz is also leaving the network.
“After a great run of 24 years, we have decided to pack up and move on from ABC News, an organization that has meant so much to us. We leave with enormous gratitude for all those who supported us and helped build the industry’s most robust and honored investigative unit,” Ross and Schwartz wrote in a letter sent by ABC News boss James Goldston. “While we are signing off from ABC News, we are hardly leaving investigative journalism. There is much more to do.”
The powers that be at ABC congratulated the pair on their decision and wished them well in their new endeavors, but the fact remains that somehow a report was aired on ABC with a critical detail being incorrect.
Ross infamously retracted his initial report claiming Flynn had pledged to testify against Trump and reveal he was directed by the President-elect to “make contact with the Russians.”
“A clarification tonight on something one of Flynn’s confidants told us, and we reported earlier today. He said the President had asked Flynn to contact Russia during the campaign,” said Ross. “He’s now clarifying that saying according to Flynn, candidate Trump asked him during the campaign to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots, and then after the election, the President-elect asked him, told him to contact Russia on issues, including working together to fight ISIS.”
The original false report sent the stock market into a sharp fall — over 350 points.
Hence why it is important to get the facts straight.