ABC screws up news on Flynn, low-information libs in the media go wild

ABC screws up news on Flynn, low-information libs in the media go wild
Joy Behar (Image via Twitter)

First the error. Yesterday morning, ABC interrupted regularly scheduled programming to bring viewers a special report by Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross who announced that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

The real bombshell in the news brief, culled from an anonymous source, was the assertion that Flynn had said that “then-candidate Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians.”

Just one “small” problem, which ABC News failed to catch until hours after the report had aired. Trump was not a “then-candidate” when he gave Flynn the order but “then-president-elect.”

How important is that distinction? By way of an answer, consider an observation made back in May by The Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel, who was a guest on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The topic then as now was Trump’s putative collusion with the Russians. Said Strassel:

I think we are having a discussion that is absolutely divorced from reality this week. It is astonishing. Let me set the scene for you. It’s 2008. We are having an election. And candidate Obama, he’s not even president-elect, sends William Miller over to Iran to establish a back channel and let the Iranians know that should he win the election they will have friendlier terms.

But that was then, as they say, and this is now. And now we have hosts of entertainment shows on TV who are so clueless about current events that they behave the way Joy Behar of “The View” did yesterday when she was handed “breaking news” about the Flynn report:

As Twitchy notes, the giddy Behar retweeted the clip twice to her nearly 900,000 followers on Twitter.

As for ABC, the network reported Ross’s error on its primetime news show “World News Tonight” but in the form of a “clarification,” which later was updated to a “correction.” But by that point, the damage was done.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.