ABC’s Brian Ross Suspended Without Pay For Blatantly Babbling Fake News
In an move unseen since Yellow Journalism laws were enforced to ensure truth in media, ABC News announced that Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross would be suspended for four weeks without pay over a botched “exclusive” fake news story about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
During a live “special report” on the morning of December 1st 2017, using his best Yellow Journalism/Fake News technique, Ross reported that Flynn would testify that Donald Trump had ordered him to make contact with Russians about foreign policy while he was still a candidate, reports Fox News.
The report raised the specter of Trump’s impeachment and sent the stock market plummeting.
Later in the day, ABC admitted, more or less, to broadcasting fake news in an “update” to Ross’s report, saying that Trump’s alleged directive came after he’d been elected president.
Ross himself appeared on “World News Tonight,” several hours after the initial report, to clarify his error.
In a statement, ABC News said Ross’ report “had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.”
“It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience,” ABC’s statement added. “These are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday.”
Fell short is a drastic understatement, wouldn’t you say, ABC? Let’s be real about things, shall we? If Yellow Journalism laws were being enforced, your entire network would be facing the death penalty along with every other major “news” agency.
Eventually, Americans are going to have their “Popeye moment” where they’ve had all they can stands, they can’t stands no more.
When that moment happens, being a “journalist” in the United States could be a dangerous profession.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 3rd, 2017
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