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WTF MSM!? We told you so! Brian Ross edition

Brian Ross fallout …

But you knew that … On Friday’s “ABC World News Tonight,” investigative journalist Brian Ross gave a “clarification” to his earlier reporting that it was “candidate” Trump who directed Mike Flynn to open communications with Russia. Four hours before that, you WTF MSM!? readers knew that the earlier claim wasn’t going to stand up. To recap, I called into question Ross’ reporting based both on the evidence at hand and Ross’ long, tortured history with the truth.

Suspended … On Saturday, ABC News suspended Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for his erroneous reporting on the Mike Flynn plea deal. The question remains for many, though: Did Ross simply report what a source told him, or did he make something up out of thin air? If the latter is true, is a four-week suspension really enough?

They don’t deserve our respect or trust … The Brian Ross scandal was the last straw in a very bad couple of weeks for the media. Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter explains why, in the wake of Matt Lauer getting a “sex dungeon” in his office, Charlie Rose, Ross, and more, “The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Deserve Our Respect or Our Trust.” He’s absolutely right.

The Moore effect … The Federalist’s Bethany Mandel explains what effect media malpractice is having on elections. She argues that it is the fault of the media that 71 percent of Roy Moore voters don’t believe the accusations of past sexual misconduct reported by the Washington Post. It’s well worth the read.

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