On Friday, ABC News had to issue a major clarification after reporting that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was advised by presidential candidate Donald Trump to reach out to Russia.
After the report was released, it spread everywhere. “The View's” Joy Behar read it to the studio audience with absolute glee, too.
As Independent Journal Review previously reported, ABC News's Brian Ross was the one to break the story:
Brian Ross reported on ABC News that according to a Flynn confidant, “[Flynn] is prepared to testify that President Trump, as a candidate ... ordered him, directed him to make contact with the Russians.”
ABC News apologized for the error, stating that:
"A clarification tonight on something one of Flynn's confidants told us and we reported earlier today. He said the president had asked Flynn to contact Russia during the campaign.
He's now clarifying that, saying according to Flynn, candidate Trump asked him during the campaign to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots, and then after the election, the president-elect asked him, told him to contact Russia on issues, including working together to fight ISIS."
The RNC hit back hard:
As the stock market tanked and the ladies of The View celebrated, ABC News stalled for hours while their false “bombshell Flynn report” reached millions of Americans.
Mistakes happen, but the decision not to post the report online suggests ABC News doubted its accuracy from early on. It took over 6 hours to issue a widely-panned “clarification” and another 5 hours to issue that same weak statement, altered only to include the word “correction” at the front.
To be clear, the “corrected” version is that President-elect Trump wanted to speak with Russia during the transition about defeating ISIS in Syria. (How scandalous?!!)
ABC News should fully retract and apologize.
Then, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted:
It's ridiculous that it took over 6 hours for ABC News to issue a “clarification" for a report that was completely false. ABC News should retract and apologize. pic.twitter.com/nNToRTdi71
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 2, 2017
Ross was suspended for four weeks without pay for his “fake news” report.