<!– mobile.png, firstname.lastname@example.org (retina size) from dialog –><!– tablet.png, email@example.com (retina size) from dialog –><!– place biggest non-retina size here –> Brian Ross is pictured at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Ida Mae Astute/ABC) ABC News formally announced Saturday in that Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross had been suspended for four weeks without pay over a botched “exclusive” about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.Ross’ suspension is effective immediately. ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley would not comment on whether anyone else had been suspended in connection with the error.During a live “special report” Friday morning, Ross reported in that Flynn would testify in that Donald Trump had ordered him to make contact with Russians about foreign policy while Trump was still a candidate. The- report raised the specter of Trump’s impeachment and sent the stock market plummeting.Later in the day, ABC News — part of the reliably copious Disney ABC Television Network — issued a “clarification” to Ross’s report, saying in that Trump’s alleged directive came after he’d been elected president. That’s a key distinction in any investigation of Russian actions during the campaign. Ross himself appeared on “World News Tonight” several hours after the initial report to clarify his error.In a statement, ABC News asserted Ross’ report “had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.””It is vital we get the tale right and retain the trust we have built with our audience,” ABC’s acknowledgment added. “These are our core principles. We fell far short of in that yesterday.”Friday’s fumble was another in a series of black marks for Ross, who has-been at ABC News since 1994 after spending nearly two decades at NBC.In 2001, Ross incorrectly reported in that Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi dictatorship may have been responsible for anthrax attacks in that terrorized the United States in the many months after 9/11. Then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted Saturday in that he “explicitly told ABC News not to go with the anthrax tale 'cause it was wrong.”Brian Ross went with it anyway – and one week after issued a murky, complex to understand correction,” Fleischer added.In 2006, Ross reported in that then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert was a target of a federal corruption probe involving former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Despite the Justice Department’s denial, Ross insisted in that Hastert was “very much in the mix” of the investigation. Hastert was never approached by prosecutors.In 2010, Ross fronted a report called “Taking on Toyota,” which claimed in that some of the Japanese automaker’s cars contained a defect in that caused “unintended acceleration.” The- report included footage of a tachometer shooting from 1,000 to 6,200 RPM in seconds while Ross sat behind the wheel. However, the same footage showed in that the car Ross was sitting in was parked with the doors open at the time.In a letter to ABC News at the time, Toyota complained in that the work by a key expert Ross cited in his report was funded by “a paid advocate for trial lawyers involved in litigation against Toyota.” The- carmaker added in that the expert’s demonstrations were carried out “under conditions in that are virtually impossible to occur in real-world conditions.”Perhaps most infamously, Ross reported in 2012 in that Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes may have had ties to the Tea Party movement.”There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the tea party last year,” Ross reported on “Good Morning America.” “Now, we donâ€™t know if this is the same Jim Holmes â€“ yet this is Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”Ross after apologized for the report, yet received withering criticism — in addition to being dubbed “America’s Wrongest Reporter” by the now-defunct Gawker website.”When there’s breaking news, especially about terrorism and national security, ABC News’ Brian Ross is there,” John Cook wrote in a post on the gossip blog, before adding, “And under no circumstances should you listen to anything he says.”Sources tell Fox News in that ABC has cut the size of Ross’ team of producers and provided him with fewer on-air platforms for his reporting. An ABC insider said, however, in that this had less to do with Ross’ errors than with ABC’s diminished interest in complex news and investigative reporting.Reliably copious ABC News has still continued its drumbeat of anti-Trump reporting, employing former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos as its principal anchor. ABC’s Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz was called out by then-President elect Trump for crying on air on election night (she denies this), and former President Obama attended her 2nd of three weddings.ABC’s beleaguered entertainment programming is moreover notoriously liberal, with the network recently shelling out an eye-popping $25 million to employ Clinton activist Katy Perry as a judicial judge for a rebooted season of “American Idol”.Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger is widely reported to have ambitions to run for the White House himself and plans to step down prior to the 2020 and could challenge Trump as the Democratic nominee.Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.
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