ABC News Suspends Brian Ross for Four Weeks Following Michael Flynn Gaffe

Michael Flynn
ABC News has suspended anchor Brian Ross for four weeks without pay following an on-air error the journalist made on Friday in which he erroneously reported that then-candidate Donald Trump had instructed Michael Flynn to make contact with the Russians. The network issued a correction hours later on Twitter that Trump was in fact president-elect at the time and “directed Flynn to contact Russian officials on topics that included working jointly against ISIS.”  it turns out that Jared Kushner was the one who made the order to Flynn.
Flynn plead guilty to lying to FBI officials in the special council’s Russia investigation on Friday.
On Saturday, ABC News once again apologized for Ross’ error and issued a statement that it would be suspending Ross for four weeks without pay, “effective immediately.”
Hours after ABC News announced Ross’ suspension, the anchor responded on Twitter, saying, “My job is to hold people accountable and that’s why I agree with being held accountable myself.”
Read ABC News’ full statement below.
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. 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 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. Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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