- ABC News has suspended Brian Ross over his faulty report about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
- The network had reported that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump directed Flynn to “make contact with the Russians.” It later clarified that Trump had given the instruction when he was president-elect, not a candidate.
- The original report shook US markets on Friday morning after it aired.
ABC News announced Saturday it has suspended its chief investigative correspondent for four weeks without pay for an inaccurate report on former national security adviser Michael Flynn that caused US stocks to tumble after it aired and made waves on social media.
Brian Ross reported in a live segment on Friday that Flynn intended to testify that President Donald Trump had “directed him to make contact with the Russians” when Trump was still a presidential candidate.
ABC News later issued a “clarification” that said Trump had, in fact, issued the directive to Flynn after he was elected president.