President Trump mocked ABC News’ Brian Ross, who was suspended without pay for his fake news report about Michael Flynn that sent the stock market tumbling.
“Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted. “More Networks and ‘papers’ should do the same with their Fake News!”
Trump added that people who lost money when the stock market plunged 350 points after the fake news aired should sue the network for “many millions of dollars” in damages.
Ross, the “chief investigative correspondent” for ABC News, had falsely claimed on Friday that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was set to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump had ordered him to call Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
In reality, Trump was president-elect when he allegedly directed Flynn to reach out to Kislyak, which means there was nothing improper about the request.
ABC News’ bogus report sent the stock market tumbling 350 points and fueled wild speculation that a Trump impeachment was imminent.
Other media outlets cited ABC News’ fake news until the false report was disseminated around the world.
It wasn’t until 12 hours later that ABC News issued a correction and announced it had suspended Ross without pay for four weeks for his sloppy, negligent reporting.
The network also admitted that it had not vetted the news before airing it. This is shocking considering the serious nature of the news it gleefully pushed.
“The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process,” the network tweeted.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
This is not the first time a major news outlet has reported fake news in a bid to be first with “breaking news” that later turned out to be false.
The trend spotlights the mainstream media’s rabid desire to push any anti-Trump news — even if it’s bogus — in a mad dash for ratings. Major press outlets admit that negative news about Trump boosts their ratings and page views.
According to a recent poll, a staggering 96% of Americans do not trust the media to accurately report news. This is a theme President Trump has repeatedly hammered home when he calls most media outlets “fake news.”
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
Meanwhile, the stock market has already started recovering from ABC News’ bogus reporting. Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit another record high, soaring past 24,000 on November 30.
While the media have been reluctant to give Trump any credit for the bull market, the numbers don’t lie. The Dow has cleared its 80th record high since Trump took office.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 1, 2017
The consumer confidence index is soaring, and the nationwide unemployment rate is at a 17-year low. And both the S&P 500 Index and Nasdaq have hit record highs since Trump was elected.
The third-quarter gross domestic product under Trump just topped 3.3%. In contrast, the GDP under Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency averaged a dismal 1.2%.
Obama is the only U.S. president in history whose administration never had a whole year of 3% GDP growth. Thanks Obama! And thanks to anti-Trump reporters like Brian Ross for underscoring why the public should not trust much of they say.
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