Trump Congratulates ABC For Suspending Brian Ross Over "Horrendously Inaccurate" Report

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: Just hours after he told a group of reporters that he's "not worried" about Mike Flynn's decision to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller because - as Trump put it - "there's been absolutely no collusion and we're prefectly happy with that," the president has weighed in on ABC's decision to suspend World News Tonight's Brian Ross.

"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!"

Yesterday, Ross fraudulently reported that Flynn was set to testify that Trump ordered him to contact the Russians "during the campaign" when - in fact - Flynn had testified that the order happened during the transition, and was handed down by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.


Notably, Trump has revived the "Russia, Russia, Russia" expression he used in a tweet attacking the Democrats last week following reporters that Flynn might've flipped because his lawyers had decided to cut off contact with Trump's legal team.

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Having suffered a massive backlash from their attempt to downplay a fraudulent story with a "clarification," ABC News has upgraded their contrition to a "serious error" and suspended the veteran reporter Brian Ross who wrote the story.

As a reminder, citing a single anonymous source, Ross told viewers during an ABC special report on Friday morning that Flynn was prepared to testify that Donald Trump, as a candidate for president, told him to contact Russians.

The left erupted in excitement...

But then, during Friday's edition of "World News Tonight," Ross corrected his report, telling viewers that the source who had provided the initial information for his story later told him that it was as president-elect, not as a candidate, that Trump asked Flynn to contact Russians.

The rest of the world then erupted over such an egregious error that confirmed every emotions-over-intelligence 'fake media' shot that Trump has ever sent.

The initial "clarification" has been upgraded to a "serious error" as ABC attempts to put this fire out.

ABC News statement:

We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday.


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.

While it might be nice for Ross to have a month off over the Christmas holidays, many are asking for refunds in their brokerage accounts from the market's reaction to his "serious error."

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onewayticket2's picture

Flashback:  Brian Ross was the guy who IMMEDIATELY (during "Breaking News") told viewers that the Denver movie theatre shooter was a Tea Party member.


(the shooter was a 20 year old with no ties to the tea party)

IH8OBAMA's picture

That'll work out perfect for Brian.  Take the whole month off and report for work after New Years.  I'd take that deal.  Is it with full pay?


NoDebt's picture

Correction --> Serious error --> Total fuck up


                                   You are here

Pandelis's picture

flynn has plenty of staff on trump ... it will come out

Billy the Poet's picture

How do you know that? Or are you just making it up like ABC News does?

Pandelis's picture

common sense ... flynn is a bureacrat who does not do anything unless he is told so. 

also, as a national security advisor he has daily contact with el presidente.  he will tell it all what was said now that he understand that he was set up.


IntercoursetheEU's picture

How about lawsuits for all the little old ladies whose equity sell stops were triggered, dumping them out of stocks are the botton of the flash crash.

NoDebt's picture

"Above all, please keep thinking none of this bullshit you peddle can ever come back and effect you personally.  Surely, you are immune from the consequences of your lies.  PLEASE keep thinking that."

That was what I wrote in the top-kick article 24 hours ago.  Now Brian Ross understands.  Next!

philipat's picture


"It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience"

All 3 of them?

And what "Trust" do they suppose they still have?

The_Juggernaut's picture

Don’t ignore the possibility that Trump had this fake news fed to Ross. The man knows how to play the game.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


I fucked up.

As many of you know, we haven't had a TV in our home for more than a decade.

Thus, my tolerance for that shit is very low.

Nevertheless, I just clicked and watched that clip of The View.


I think I am going to be sick.

Lumberjack's picture

Years ago I did a stint as an engineer at a tee-vee station. Trust me when I say this. News departments are the same as private sex clubs. I suppose it always has been the culture.

In the words of the immortal Walter Cronkite, “That’s the way it is”.

Creative_Destruct's picture

Ross is an extreme biased left-wing tabloid joke. ABCs credibility would double ( from near nothing) if they kicked this sensationalist clown to the curb for good.

jcaz's picture

Suspended?   This twit moved billions in the market on fake news, and he gets a vacation???   This isn't his first fuck-up.

What- EXACTLY- would he have to do to get actually fired?

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

It's getting harder and harder for me to hide my disdain for people who watch television.

JimmyJones's picture

"My people suffer from lack of knowledge." -Jesus

Or something like that.

pippi68's picture

Makes me embarrassed to be a woman, actually. The sheer idiocy of it.

SheHunter's picture

Hah. Hah.  It's OK.  There are complete assholes on both sides of the gender.  But agreed.  That bimbo WAS an embarassment.  Scary to think of the millions who watch that daytime crap.

Vageling's picture

Which of the many? Glasses barbie rip-off, or that blonde chubby barbie rip-off. Look, when they have nothing meaningful to say... What else I can do but to stoop down their level and go ad hominem? Even that's bullshit because it assumes there is some content these plastic fantastic figures have, which is non existential. Welcome to zombie TeeVee. 

I saw the bullshit the other day too when I was at my Dad's, statepropaganda channel. Some senior channel with some bullshit figure (woman) telling everybody they were special people. Why? She didn't say. She just sat there virtue signaling. Me? I needed to puke. What a fucking joke. Granny telling me we're all "special'? Ok... Why? She didn't say. 

These people don't get it. Man, woman, fuck that. Both have loonies. Accept this was some awkward female bullshit. That I as man, shit.... Don't make my head tired, listening to irrational bullshit driven by emo shit! Use your damn brain female creature, if you have one.  It looked like a buncha guys doing a circle jerk. Disturbing. I'll keep it at that. 

dogbreath's picture

Its been obvious to me since long before I found the internet and or ZH,  that most people get their opinions from television .   The View and Oprah make sure women are thoroughly indoctrinated with the latest PC information.  Imagine being a man and coming home to someone who watches that shit all the time.


Oprah stole my mothers brain.

Vageling's picture

You mean that one of the barbie rip-off sockpuppets? Yeah... That's quite disturbing. I can endure some bullshit but after 30 seconds I saw enough. I'm out of words for that display. Buncha talking heads being completely non biased, right... Knowledge? Zero... But it doesn't hinder the talking heads. And these people get paid? Un-fucking-believable!

peippe's picture

watching TV/ fake news is one thing,

nobody with testicles should watch The View. Even a clip, mess you up.

Dorado's picture

I recall several people taken to the woodshed by the feds for "causing" flash crashes despite it not being their intention.  It seems Brian Ross would be equally liable, no?

dark pools of soros's picture

Brave.. no way i can click that shit

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Does The View have to make a full retraction (in the same length as the improper reporting)? 

Deathrips's picture

Trump had flynn contact the russians after the election to stop them from exposing illegal settlements in palestine.





trailer park boys's picture

Jerod Kushner, actually. First loyalty to Israel.

Blue Dog's picture

There's no such thing as Palestine. It's ISRAEL. They can do what they want with their own land. What they hold is only a tiny part of what God originally gave them.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

My wife and I reached that same conclusion this morning.

Took the heat off the Senate from the leftists while they passed the tax cut bill.

Mycroft Holmes IV's picture

I was thinking the same thing juggs.

IH8OBAMA's picture


ABC >> All But Cancelled


new game's picture

snowflake trust. dillusional trust. many brainwashed merika haters out there.

ruin merika firsters. destroy liberty. multi cultural do gooders that will never realize their brain is off one  notch and reality with consequences for their actions are too far removed from common sense. i have been thinking it is truely hopemless as these fuks are 50 percent of the population...

Escrava Isaura's picture

This article is also inaccurate.

Was the reporter suspended or fired?

Second, it makes no difference suspending/firing a reporter, because ABC is like a church, it’s there to make the audience fell good, basically indoctrination by repetition.

Third, have you ever seen a right wing propaganda retract their lies?



Withdrawn Sanction's picture

".. have you ever seen a right wing propaganda retract their lies?"

Still caught up in the old right-left false dichotomy?  Too bad....for you.  Dishonesty is dishonesty regardless of who commits it, even among the commenters here.  

Escrava Isaura's picture

Not at all, because humans are hardwired to lie as they age.

A study published in “Developmental Psychology” asked a set of 65 kids not to peek at a hidden toy. When the examiner turned away, 50 percent of 3-year-olds and 80 percent of 8-year-olds snuck a look. When asked whether they peeked, most of the set had lied.

The first level of primary lies emerges around 2–3 years of age when children begin to be able to deliberately make factually untrue statements. However, they do not necessarily take into consideration the mental states of the listener. Secondary lies emerge around the age of 4 years and require children to understand that the listener, unlike themselves, does not know the true state of affairs and thus is susceptible to false beliefs. Finally, around 7–8 years of age, children begin to reach tertiary lies where they are able to conceal their lies by maintaining consistency between their initial lie and follow-up statements. 


nmewn's picture

1.Brian "Tea Party" Ross was suspended.

2.Yes, there is a difference between fired & suspended and yes, the Alinsky media is the propaganda wing of the DNC hiding behind freedom of the press and yes they still wish to play the game of impartiality.

3.You are concurring with the rightwing that Brian "Tea Party" Ross and ABC realize they have been exposed as democrat party propagandist's and are in full damage control...


...their only value to the left (and by proxy, the democrat party) lies in their ability to deceive the people into thinking that they are neutral, impartial, balanced, fair.

Which everyone can see they are not or else all those fired and/or resigned "journalists" and editors would still be working at CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC etal ;-)

Escrava Isaura's picture

Sorry nmewn, your post is too confusing and out of place.

The reporter made a mistake and the producer did not vet it well.

Now the right winger’s propagandists are using and some abusing it.

However, the content of the article still on the mark.


dark pools of soros's picture

no need to read your comments, just pick a random one and tell you to suck a brazilian tranny cow

Beowulf55's picture

"the reporter made a mistake and the producer did not vet it well"....OH, I see,  It is kind of like:


"the Ethiopian cop was scared by a noise and shot the unarmed woman in the chest"


"Jeffry told me she was over 18"


"What does it matter now"


"It wasn't Homeland Security that tried to hack the voting machines it was Russia"


"It is only a coincidence that the Clinton Foundation got $145 million after she signed off on U1"


"Bill only talked about grand kids and golf scores with the AG"


"I want to do pizza for an hour"


Kind of like that I guess, huh, Mr Brazil........




nmewn's picture

Just what about my statement is confusing to you...the reporter confusing time & space (which would be the difference between a candidate Trump and a President-elect Trump)...

...or me...

...pointing out how the leftwing Alinsky media has this delightful habit of opening the door directly into their faces and then constantly retracting and/or firing their employees over & over again? 

My personal favorite still is NBC editing a 911 emergency call tape to say..."He looks black to me." in the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case...but hey!...thats jus me!

Your mileage will certainly vary as a socialist I'm sure, slave Escrava.

As an aside, CNN let go a "Pulizer Prize winning" employee over the same thing (see Eric Lichtblau) so at this rate, the leftwing Alinsky media conglomerates are going to have to start giving out Pulitzer Prize's everyday (for general just in order to say they are fully staffed by Pulitzer Prize winners! ;-)

dogbreath's picture

what right wing are you talking about?   

Escrava Isaura's picture

Anywhere, including here.  

Start with this article. Was the reporter suspended or fired? 

If he was fired or suspended is an easy requirement 'standard' to meet, because there is no ambiguity between the two, right? 

By the way, I just noticed that the article title, the article, and Trump Tweet are saying suspended. So, my comment no longer applies here, because the correction ‘update’ fixed it.



dogbreath's picture

I don't know of any right-wing anywhere or here and just because someone does not like the self identified left doesn't by default make them right wingers.


So I ask again what right wingers and plese be specific

Freddie's picture

There should be a class action law suit against Ross and ABC/Disney for about $20 billion or whatever the stock market losss was based on this false story to manipulate the markets, 

Robert Trip's picture

If you buy and sell on ABC news reports then you're an idiot and deserve to get fucked.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Brain dead libs think Trump should be impeached for making peace wiuth Russia, but Obama was a hero for ousting Gaddafi with zero Congressional support. Then Syria, on and on. Idiots.

philipat's picture

"We came, we saw, he died". Proof of psycopathy...

dogbreath's picture

that was one of the most bizzare thing i have ever watched and her wet panties cackle.  That said still most of the iceberg remains submerged and invisable

trailer park boys's picture

The democrat party used to be the 'Peace and Love' party. What happened? They've joined the ranks of the neocon foamers in the republican party, creating a dangerous block of warmongers and Russophobes. All because of their love of Hillary the Hun, neocon extraordinaire; their hatred of Donald Trump, the great disrupter; and their state of denial that Trump actually beat their anointed queen (the Russians must have done it! (somehow)