On Friday, ABC News's Brian Ross reported former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was set to testify that he was directed by Donald Trump, who at the time was a candidate, to reach out to Russian officials during the campaign.
But eight hours later, the network issued a correction and an apology:
CORRECTION of ABC News Special Report: Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians *during the transition* — initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria, confidant now says. https://t.co/ewrkVZTu2K pic.twitter.com/URLiHf3uSm
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
But as some remembered, the Flynn misstep was not a first for Ross; back in 2012, he suggested that James Holmes — the man who shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado — might be the same Jim Holmes who was involved with a local Tea Party group.
Ross later apologized and corrected the record:
ABC News' Brian Ross had to apologize for suggesting that Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was a member of Colorado Tea Party. pic.twitter.com/MThgHQ7I99
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) December 2, 2017
However, the correction wasn't quick enough for him to escape the notice of Jon Stewart, who was still at the helm of Comedy Central's “The Daily Show”:
— Jessica Chasmar (@JessicaChasmar) July 24, 2012