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ABC News Chief Reads Staff the Riot Act Over Inaccurate Flynn Story

ABC News Chief Reads Staff the Riot Act Over Inaccurate Flynn Story
ABC News President James Goldston (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 04 December 2017 09:47 PM

ABC News president James Goldston reportedly read the riot act to staff Monday over a erroneous report of Michael Flynn, saying the news outlet had taken a "huge hit" and was getting "pilloried . . . for reporting fake news.”

In audio from a conference call CNN said it had obtained, Goldston also announced the network's chief investigative reporter would no longer cover stories related to President Donald Trump.

ABC's Brian Ross reported last Friday the former National Security Adviser Flynn was prepared to testify then-candidate Trump instructed Flynn to reach out to the Russians.

Seven hours later, Ross corrected the story and said Flynn was prepared to testify Trump made the request as president-elect.

Ross was suspended for four weeks the next day.

"If it isn't obvious to everyone in this news division, we have taken a huge hit and we have made the job of every single person in this news division harder as a result," Goldston said, CNN reported.

"It's much, much harder. We have people in Washington who are going to bear the brunt of this today and in the days forward. Very, very, very, very unfortunate. . . ."

According to CNN, Goldston chastised staffers for rushing to air with a story no else had reviewed or checked.

"I don't even know how many times we've talked about this, how many times we have talked about the need to get it right," Goldston said, CNN reported. "That how we have to be right and not first."

"I don't think ever in my career have I felt more rage and disappointment and frustration that I felt through this weekend and through the last half of Friday," Goldston added, asserting the news division "spent this weekend getting absolutely pilloried as a news division for reporting fake news."

"250,000 tweets. One percent positive, 99 percent negative about this news division. Two tweets from the president," he said, CNN reported.

He also lamented how long it took to correct the story.

"The thing that compounded our mistake is that not only did we make a mistake, if we had then corrected ourselves right away, again — we wouldn't be in this position. It would have been a very different story," he said, CNN reported.

"But we ended up in the impossible situation where we had actually conflicting information that we said on air, which conflicted with the information that was online. And then it took us seven hours, eight hours to get our story straight. This is not acceptable. It's not acceptable. And we will all pay the price for a long time."

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ABC News president James Goldston reportedly read the riot act to staff Monday over a erroneous report of Michael Flynn, saying the news outlet had taken a "huge hit" and was getting "pilloried . . . for reporting fake news."
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