Brian Ross, ABC Chief Investigative Correspondent, citing an unnamed confidant of MichaelFlynn, the former national security adviser, had reported Friday that during the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump had directed Flynn to make contact with the Russians. That would have been an explosive development in the ongoing Russia investigation, and would have been illegal. Hours later, Ross clarified the report on the evening news, saying that his source now said that Trump had done so as president-elect, after the election. At that point, he said, Trump had asked Flynn to contact the Russians about issues including working together to fight ISIS. Which is legal, President Trump has the right under the law as the president to contact foreign governments to see if they can work together on mutual matters.
This is sloppy reporting by Brian Ross he did not get his fact right in the first place creating a false narrative. People are going to remember the first statement more than the recanted statement, damage done.
Then before the story line was corrected you had Joy Behar from the View jump all over the false narrative. After returning from a commercial break, a producer interrupted Joy Behar’s teleprompter read with a breaking news note. The startled host read it with increasing excitement: “Michael Flynn promised full cooperation to the Mueller team and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians! Yes!” Afterwards, she threw the paper in the air with glee. But Behar riffed on that, saying instead it was more like, “He goes to jail, he goes to jail, and he goes to jail! Lock him up!”
ABC news Brian Ross and Joy Behar throwing mud at the wall hoping it sticks helping to fuel a false narrative about President Trump. In a statement, ABC News said Ross’ report “had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process. If the story was vetted properly the network would not be the trouble it is now and you would not have Brian and Joy washing egg off their faces. This is either sloppy reporting or a witch hunt.
No wonder American people hold the News Media in such low esteem.
Brian Ross has drawn criticism for previous errors in the pass.
In 2001, Ross incorrectly reported that Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi dictatorship may have been responsible for anthrax attacks that terrorized the United States in the months after 9/11. Then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted Saturday that he “explicitly told ABC News not to go with the anthrax story because it was wrong. “Brian Ross went with it anyway – and one week later issued a murky, hard to understand correction,” Fleischer added.
, ABC had to apologize in 2012 when Ross reported on “Good Morning America” that James Holmes, the suspect in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, might be connected to the tea party, based on a name listed on a web page. It turned out to be a different “Jim Holmes.” Ross was criticized for politicizing the story with the error.
A good journalist is a person who collects writes or distributes news or other current information to the public. A good journalist should be unbiased in his reporting. A journalist should not politicize his story. It seems to me that Brian Ross in not a good journalist he like to politicize or run false narrative on his stories.