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Views Preview: ABC Suspends Investigative Reporter Brian Ross


Brian Ross has long been regarded as one of the best investigative reporters in the business, but Friday’s fact error regarding Michael Flynn’s guilty plea created big problems for ABC. The network has suspended him for four weeks. But, to what end? 

ABC News: “ABC News statement on Michael Flynn report

Oliver Darcy, CNN Money: “ABC News suspends Brian Ross for 4 weeks over erroneous Flynn story

Oliver Darcy & Brian Stelter, CNN Money: “ABC News president excoriates staff over Brian Ross’ Michael Flynn error

Amy B. Wang, Washington Post: “ABC News apologizes for ‘serious error’ in Trump report, suspends Brian Ross for four weeks

Vivian Wang, New York Times: “ABC suspends reporter Brian Ross over erroneous report about Trump

Bonnie Kristan, The Week: “Trump celebrates suspension of ABC reporter Brian Ross, proposes lawsuits against ABC

Andrew Seaman, CodeWords: “The three missteps of ABC News

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “ABC News upgrades cowardly ‘clarification’ to ‘correction’ over bogus Flynn-Trump story

Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller: “ABC’s Flynn-Trump report caused panic in the stock market – then they corrected the story

Jake Novak, CNBC: “ABC News blunder helps Trump score a point in his war on ‘fake news’

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Why suspend ABC News’s Brian Ross over Michael Flynn mistake?

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “Brian Ross is an investigative reporting star. But he’s made some staggering blunders.

White House media Christmas party

Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times: “Trump throws a holiday party for the press. Awk-ward.

Jason Schwartz, POLITICO: “NBC to attend White House party, despite Trump’s tweets

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “White House extends some special holiday-party welcome to behind-the-scenes CNN staffers

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “CNN disinvites itself from annual White House holiday party for the press

Jason Schwartz, POLITICO: “Minutes after slamming ‘fake news,’ Trump welcomes ‘my friends in the media’ for Christmas party

Walmart pulls t-shirt

Bill Chappell, NPR: “Walmart pulls t-shirts that hint at lynching journalists

RTDNA: “Walmart pulls threatening shirt at RTDNA’s urging

Kristen Hare, Poynter: “Last year, in response to the ‘Tree. Rope. Journalist’ t-shirts, this editor made staff some tees of their own

Brandy Zadrozny, The Daily Beast: “The man behind ‘Journalist, Rope, Tree’

NBC after Lauer


Jennifer Kline, AOL.com: “NBC News reportedly erasing all traces of Matt Lauer: ‘It is almost like they want to pretend he never existed’

Brian Steinberg, Variety: “NBC News will not pay settlement to Matt Lauer

Stephanie Gosk, Corky Siemaszko & Hannay Rappleye, NBC News: “Matt Lauer denied sex misconduct to NBC officials before scandal broke

Brian Stelter, CNN: “NBC News source says Matt Lauer will not receive a payout

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “NBC: Lauer said he was ‘racking his brain’ but came up blank when asked about harassment

TMZ: “Lauer’s secret door lock isNBD

Jason Schwartz & Michael Calderone, POLITICO: “NBC’s shifting statements on Lauer draw scrutiny

Alanna Vagianos, Huffington Post: “That one time Meredith Vieria found a ‘huge bag of sex toys’ in Matt Lauer’s office

Rebecca Shapiro, Huffington Post: “Seth Myers have a scathing message for Matt Lauer

Sexual harassment in newsrooms

Alexandria Neason, Columbia Journalism Review: “What we found when we asked newsrooms about sexual harassment

Police accessing cell phone data

Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post: “If cops can get phone data without a warrant, it could be a nightmare for journalists – and sources

Adam Liptak, New York Times: “How a Radio Shack robbery could spur a new era in digital piracy

What’s next for net neutrality?

Jeff Kao, Hackernoon: “More than a million pro-repeal net neutrality comments were likely faked

Tim Wu, New York Times: “Tim Wu: Why the courts will have to save net neutrality

Ryan Nakashima & Michael Liedtke, Associated Press: “FCC chairman sets out to scrap open internet access rules

Al Tompkins, Poynter: “What journalists need to know about the new net neutrality battle

Steve Lohr, New York Times: “Net neutrality repeal: What could happen and how could it affect you

‘Let’s Talk About the Tribune’

Chris Westmoreland, Columbia Daily Tribune: “Editor’s Corner: “Let’s talk about the Tribune

AMY SIMONS teaches news literacy, multimedia journalism and advanced social media strategies.