ABC News is in dire straits after being caught red-handed peddling Fake News about President Trump on the air.
The distinguished news personality Brian Ross reported on Friday that Trump had “ordered Flynn to talk to the Russians during the 2016 campaign.” Not only was the report untrue, every part of it is a lie – candidates can’t “order” people to do illegal things, Trump never gave any such instruction to anyone during the campaign, and the real reason for Trump’s post-campaign diplomacy with Russia and other nations was to prepare for the Presidency.
The Fake News spread like wildfire, with a giddy Joy Behar reading the report live on The View. The stock market even dipped!
Ross and Behar have been suspended and forced to apologize, respectively. But the damage is done.
ABC is now drowning in negative backlash.
More from Daily Caller:
ABC News president James Goldston blasted the outlet’s staff Monday over a report about former national security adviser Michael Flynn that contained major errors and eventually caused the stock market to tank.
ABC News “spent this weekend getting absolutely pilloried as a news division for reporting fake news,” Goldston noted, according to a CNN report Monday afternoon. “250,000 tweets. One percent positive, 99 percent negative about this news division. Two tweets from the president,” he told staff.
Goldston lamented the damage Ross’ report caused.
“If it isn’t obvious to everyone in this news division, we have taken a huge hit and we have made the job of every single person in this news division harder as a result,” he said. “It’s much, much harder. We have people in Washington who are going to bear the brunt of this today and in the days forward. Very, very, very, very unfortunate. Really, really angry about it.”
Ross’ report should have been corrected sooner than it was, Goldston noted.
“The thing that compounded our mistake is that not only did we make a mistake, if we had then corrected ourselves right away, again — we wouldn’t be in this position. It would have been a very different story,” he said.
Goldston added: “But we ended up in the impossible situation where we had actually conflicting information that we said on air, which conflicted with the information that was online. And then it took us seven hours, eight hours to get our story straight. This is not acceptable. It’s not acceptable. And we will all pay the price for a long time.”
When Trump said he would drive the media insane, we didn’t know he meant it literally!