ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross was suspended by the network on Saturday one day after his inaccurate report that former national security adviser Michale Flynn, would testify that President Trump had directed him to make contact with Russian officials while Mr. Trump was still a candidate.
The network said that Mr. Trump instructed Flynn to do so after the election.
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,” an ABC News spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”
Ross took his suspension in stride.
My job is to hold people accountable and that's why I agree with being held accountable myself.
— Brian Ross (@BrianRoss) December 3, 2017
President Trump agreed with the decision.
Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and “papers” should do the same with their Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017