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ABC News suspends Brian Ross over erroneous Flynn report

ABC News suspends Brian Ross over erroneous Flynn report

"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".

"It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience - these are our core principles", the statement added.

During Friday's edition of "World News Tonight", Ross walked back 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. Further, ABC News suspended its reporter Brian Ross.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than 300 points following Ross' report, which was not matched by other major news organizations.

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The three-game suspension comes at a far from ideal time for the player and the team with some enormous matches on the horizon. We need to keep focused with whatever we are doing and keep busy with ourselves".

It was after Trump had won the election, so President-elect Trump ordered Flynn to make contact with the Russians per the usual actions of any transition team laying the groundwork for an incoming administration. Hours later, ABC News, saying he had reached out shortly after the election.

Trump quickly jumped on Twitter to praise ABC's move: "Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt". Later, Friday evening, the network issued a full blown correction in a written statement.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017My job is to hold people accountable and that's why I agree with being held accountable myself.

On the show, Conway connected Ross' report to a drop on the stock market and criticized the network. On Saturday, ABC News apologized for the error and announced Ross' suspension. "And I will say that fake news, and what we did on Friday, that's what I was accused of being a part of". "To me, fake news is when you make up a story about the Clintons running a sex ring out of the basement of a pizza shop that does not have a basement. More Networks and "papers" should do the same with their Fake News!" the president tweeted on Saturday. "It makes me sick to my stomach". But any federal investigation of Ross for a securities violation is highly unlikely, said Nicolas Morgan, an attorney who practices securities litigation and who used to work as a senior trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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