Two peddlers of fiction are leaving ABC News. Departures aren't too surprising, but I felt I should share nonetheless. Slides 1&2 are from Twitter, rest is this article from @wsj -- Veteran ABC News investigative reporter #BrianRoss is leaving the network less than a year after he was suspended for an erroneous report that said former national security adviser #MichaelFlynn was prepared to testify that President Donald Trump told him to make contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The story was later corrected by Walt Disney Co.’s ABC News to say it was after the election Mr. Trump directed Mr. Flynn to contact Russian officials on a variety of topics including “working jointly against Isis.” ABC News apologized for the incorrect story saying it “had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.” Along with the suspension, Mr. Ross was also prohibited from covering anything having to do with the Trump administration.
He did one story since his four week suspension last December about ankle bracelet monitoring for the ABC News magazine “20/20.” (*giggles while inserting world's smallest violin ) In a memo to ABC News staffers, Mr. Ross and his longtime producer #RhondaSchwartz said they were leaving the network. (*See Slide 2.) The pair, who have worked at the network for nearly 25 years, said in the memo they were not stepping back from reporting. “We are hardly leaving investigative journalism, there is too much to do.” Mr. Ross won numerous awards () for his investigative reporting during his career at ABC News including four George Polk awards, four Peabody awards and 17 Emmy awards.
ABC News President James Goldston praised the work of Mr. Ross and Ms. Schwartz, saying in a memo announcing their departure that the pair “exposed government corruption at every level, international human rights abuses and fraud, uncovered dangerous working conditions, sexual abuse coverups and dishonest business practices.” *Mr. Ross also had some notable errors during his career including an incorrect report linking the 2012 mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., to the Tea Party.