Accuracy in Media

ABC News recently suspended its employee and reporter, Brian Ross, for reporting a false news report that then-candidate Donald Trump instructed retired General Michael Flynn to contact the Russian government and therefore violated American law. The truth was that Trump was the President-Elect at the time and this action did not violate American law, contrary to what Ross reported.

Ross has since been suspended and was barred from reporting on President Trump by the network.

As the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams pointed out, this is far from Ross’s first reporting error:

Ross misreported in 2001, for example, that Saddam Hussein was responsible for the rash of anthrax attacks in the United States. He wasn’t.

In 2006, Ross reported incorrectly that then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., was connected to the federal investigation of Jack Abramoff. He wasn’t.

One year later, Ross claimed falsely that suspected terrorist Abu Zubaydah revealed secret plots after only 35 seconds of waterboarding. Zubaydah was waterboarded “at least 83 times,” according to a subsequent Justice Department memo.

In 2010, Ross was caught doctoring video of a Toyota vehicle affected by “unintended acceleration.”

In 2012, Ross claimed a member of the Colorado Tea Party named James Holmes was responsible for the Aurora theater mass shooting. The gunman was a different James Holmes.

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