ABC News has suspended chief investigative reporter Brian Ross for errors made during his reporting on the guilty plea of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in connection with the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
ABC News issued a lengthy correction Saturday regarding Ross’ reporting on the timing of Flynn’s contact with Russian officials during the campaign. Ross has been suspended for four weeks without pay, ABC News said.
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process,” ABC News said. “As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online. It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience – these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday.”