ABC suspends journalist over inaccurate Flynn reporting

ABC News Investigative Reporter Brian Ross

Behar read the false report on air, prompting her audience to break into uproarious applause, which co-host Meghan McCain compared to Oprah's now famous vehicle giveaway.

It took several hours for ABC News to correct their shoddy report that tanked the markets last Friday.

The investigative reporter has been suspended for four weeks without pay by ABC News for relaying inaccurate information about the USA president communicating with Russians, which was sourced by his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.

ABC News has suspended Brian Ross, chief investigative correspondent, for four weeks without pay after his erroneous report on Michael Flynn, former national security advisor to President Trump.

Trump quickly jumped on Twitter to praise ABC's move: "Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt".

"On Friday's show, apparently I was guilty of premature evaluation".

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ABC said that the Flynn confidant cited in its initial report "later clarified that during the campaign, Trump assigned Flynn and a small circle of other senior advisers to find ways to fix relations with Russian Federation and other hot spots". Although there was ostensibly no intent to mislead the public by Ross and the network issued a clarification - then a correction - to their story, McCain called the report "fake news".

Conway said the botched report reflects a "hunger to get rid of this president and talk about Russian Federation collusion", criticizing ABC News for how the story "lived for hours and hours and hours before they did any action on it".

"My job is to hold people accountable and that's why I agree with being held accountable myself", his post reads. "I hear they have a pill for that now".

"People are slamming this as fake news, I think it's a mistake", Behar said, throwing the topic to the panel. "He didn't deliberately put out a false piece of information; he made an error".

View co-host Sunny Hostin pushed back on McCain's use of "fake news", reminding her that it was Trump who coined the term. "That how we have to be right and not first".

"I went to a Christmas party over the weekend, it's no secret, most of my friends are in conservative media, I feel a lot like I'm an astronaut from another planet to come here to try to explain both worlds to each other, that's how different I feel on this show sometimes", she explained.

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