The longtime television news correspondent was suspended for four weeks without pay after Ross reported on air Friday that President Donald Trump directed Flynn to make contact with Russia's government during the 2016 presidential campaign.
ABC News later issued a "clarification" that stated Trump had told Flynn to speak to Russia after the former real estate mogul won the election.
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“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday," ABC News said in a statement on Saturday. "The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process. 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."
My job is to hold people accountable and that's why I agree with being held accountable myself.
While on air during a live "special report," Ross reported, citing a Flynn confidant, that then-candidate Trump had ordered Flynn to contact the Russians, an explosive charge that would have conflicted with the president's statement during a news conference in February that "I didn't direct, but I would have directed him because that's his job."
Ross appeared on "World News Tonight" later Friday to explain his error, which caused the markets to plummet temporarily. Ross said in the "clarification" that his source later told ABC News that Trump had asked Flynn to contact the Russians after the election as president-elect.
"It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience — these are our core principles," ABC News added in its statement. "We fell far short of that yesterday. Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay."
Ross acknowledged the suspension late Saturday, saying in a tweet, "My job is to hold people accountable and that's why I agree with being held accountable myself."