WASHINGTON, December 3, 2017 — Fake news is in the news again. Friday morning, ABC “reporter” Brian Ross breathlessly proclaimed that candidate Donald Trump had “illegally” directed Michael Flynn to “collude” with the Russian government. This fake news was disastrously wrong and misleading on at least two counts. But it was enough to cause a Friday stock market rally to crash and burn, and ultimately got Ross suspended from his duties for a month.
Back in more honest times, famed radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow once said, “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” Murrow never considered that members of his profession would be the ones sheepishly loyal to the institution most associated with intrusive, liberty-crushing big government: the big, bad wolf Democratic Party. But left-wing, pro-Democrat media advocacy has risen steadily since their corrupt champion Hillary Clinton was defeated by “America First” populist Donald Trump.
Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, it was hoped the now-notorious “Trump dossier,” which contained salacious sexual innuendo provided by Russian (Kremlin?) sources, would help sink the new Trump administration.
Initially paid for by the owner of conservative Washington Free Beacon and later by the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee – this fake news dossier proved potent enough to launch a special counsel investigation into “Russian collusion” that has bagged Trump associates for misspeaking (“lying”) to the FBI, money laundering and tax evasion. But as of today, no proof whatsoever of “collusion” between candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to deny Americans the joy of a “Corrupt Hillary” administration has emerged.
We do know now, however, that a pro-Clinton aide to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign was fired for issuing an anti-Trump tweet, thus revealing the witch-hunt aspects to the absurd “collusion” inquiry.
In that same vain, long-time ABC News talking head, Brian Ross, was suspended for what the mainstream media does best: reporting fake news.
It was during an ABC “special report” Friday that Ross claimed former Trump national security advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, told Mueller’s tainted investigators he was ordered by candidate Trump to open back channels with the Russians to discuss foreign policy matters. That’s a distinction that Congress’s cadre of never-Trumpers (both Democrat and Republican) might classify as an “impeachable offense.”
Only hours later, it was later revealed that a key advisor to President-Elect Trump not candidate Trump, had asked Flynn to being backchannel negotiations. The goal: to repair diplomatic relations with Russia to better expand the new administration’s war on ISIS.
Furthermore, it turns out that the order apparently came from Jared Kushner, not Trump. Such a request/order from a member of an incoming administration is not illegal, a distinction that has gone without comment in the media. The only thing “illegal” about Flynn’s activity was the fact that he lied to the FBI when asked about it. After ABC’s fake news report hit Wall Street, reversing an early-Friday stock market rally, turning it instead into a waterfall decline of over 350 Dow points. Stocks partially recovered from that loss, but still closed down on the day.
In the meantime, it’s clear that Mueller’s collusion investigation may be going nowhere, while Trump’s war on ISIS is proceeding swimmingly. From its self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa, Syria, ISIS controlled roughly 23,300 square miles of the Earth’s surface. In so doing, ISIS possessed valuable oil reserves to fund and expand its terrorist operations, which it still held when Trump entered office on Jan. 20 of this year.
Today, ISIS has lost its capital city, its leader is in hiding, and its territory has shrunk to 9,300 square miles.
This ISIS roll-back began shortly after Commander-in-Chief Trump issued new “rules of engagement” for U.S. forces in direct conflict with ISIS, giving field commanders greater latitude to decide when it was appropriate to “go Roman” on the terrorist band.
Getting back to Brian Ross and his breathlessly reported fake news, ABC News was desperate to distance itself from the organization’s long-time employee as well as the appropriate “fake news” moniker he had affixed to to the network’s brand. ABC attempted to rectify the matter in a a bland statement to a distrustful public:
“We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. 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.
“It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience – these are our core principles… Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.”
What does this incident say about an industry that has fired high-paid, on-air talking heads over the mere whiff of sexual misconduct, while only suspending a high-paid, on-air talking head for his willful distortion of the truth?
The simple answer is that sexual propriety is a commodity holding much higher value in the eyes of fake news entities than the truth they are supposedly reporting.