By Dan Calabrese
The quality of American journalism just improved considerably. Granted, there’s nowhere to go but up from where it’s been, but you’ve got to start somewhere, and I can’t think of a better first step forward than the jettisoning of Brian Ross.
One of the most biased, careless, reckless, irresponsible people ever to bumble his way in front of a camera has gotten tired of ABC News refusing to take the risk that he will be, well, Brian Ross. So he’s leaving, and a nation of truth-loving citizens slices cake and scoops ice cream.
Veteran ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross is leaving the network less than a year after he was suspended for an erroneous report that said former national security adviser Michael Flynn 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.”
One of Ross’s worst offenses came in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado school shooting. A suspect named James Goldston had been identified, and Ross went online and found there was a James Goldston associated with a Tea Party group. Immediately, Ross went on the air with innuendo that the two James Goldstons might be the same. They were not the same, and Ross made an ass of himself.
Ross is the worst of a terrible genre of journalism. His priority is being first, not being right, and always being at the center of attention. His bias is obvious, his methods are sloppy, his presentation is shameless and ham-handed. Brian Ross is a terrible journalist. A pox on ABC’s house for actually letting him leave on his own terms. He should have been fired years ago.
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