Brian Ross sent America into a tailspin on Friday with his epic misreporting, and Kellyanne Conway is not going to let him off the hook easily.
Ross inadvertently sunk the stock market by reporting that former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn–who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI–was prepared to testify that then-candidate Trump ordered him to contact Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
But Ross and ABC later clarified that the instruction to contact Russia–in order to discuss ISIS–took place after the election, making such a meeting standard protocol.
Ross and ABC attempted to perform damage control.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
ABC’s cleanup included suspending Ross for four weeks without pay.
But Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway said that wasn’t punishment enough for what was arguably this year’s biggest “fake news” story.
.@KellyannePolls: “If Brian Ross worked for me… it would not be 4 weeks of unpaid suspension for a guy making 7 figures to lie on the air, it would be complete termination.” pic.twitter.com/WGVxn4qj0Y
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) December 4, 2017
“If Brian Ross worked for me, and I was a private employer for many years, it would not be four weeks of unpaid suspension for a guy making seven figures to lie on the air,” Conway told Fox Business Network on Monday.
She went on to say:
“It would be complete termination because, just hypothetically speaking, because he did move markets, not because he’s Brian Ross, but because he was talking about President Trump, who’s the market mover here.”
Conway was far from the only person to assert Ross got off easy. The President himself took to Twitter to suggest investors sue ABC over the money they lost after the blow to the stock market.
And Americans across social media are calling for Brian Ross’s head.
— Denise Clift ?? ⚓ (@clift_denise) December 4, 2017
The guy lies to millions of people, deliberately, causing the markets to fall off 400 points and the left to collectively lose their minds. And he keeps his jobs, and gets a vacation. Only in the radical left wing media…
— Lawrence Polyakov (@Larrypolya22) December 4, 2017
ABC gave Brian Ross off for the holidays. It doesn’t seem like a punishment.
— Mona McMahon (@mcmahon_mona) December 4, 2017
He should be terminated!
— I’m with Trump (@ImwithTrump2) December 4, 2017
4 weeks at his salary is nothing to Brian, it’s just slap on the wrist – so sad! He should be fired for violating his journalist oath to report the truth (that’s just basic requirement)
— Motivated Patriot (@aroesta) December 3, 2017
ABC & NBC should be sued for fake news that sent Dow spiraling & REAL PEOPLE lost money over FAKE NEWS these hater hosts etc fire them
— gwena (@2015gardener) December 3, 2017
Including crashing the stock market! Brian needs to be FIRED! PERIOD! pic.twitter.com/YluHvno9hY
— Deplorable Judy (@JudethMartin) December 4, 2017
MSM know exactly what they are saying and know it is all lies!!! BUT WE THE PEOPLE know what is going on and we BACK President Trump!!! We surly don’t need media to “explain “ to us what he said!! He talks directly to America!??????
— Diane (@cookingmama62) December 4, 2017