Meghan McCain Scolds Her 'View' Co-Hosts For Celebrating Misreported Flynn News

Marsha Scott
December 5, 2017

On Monday morning, White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway went on Fox Business Network and discussed how ABC News responded to a "serious error" (the network's words) made by investigative reporter Brian Ross.

In a statement read on "The View" Monday, ABC News said the report "had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process".

Correction: During a live Special Report, ABC News reported that a confidant of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the campaign.

Kellyanne Conway has said she would fire ABC correspondent Brian Ross over his erroneous report on the Russian Federation probe if she were his boss-conveniently forgetting or choosing not to mention her own well-publicized errors.

Meghan McCain was particularly bothered by not just the celebratory reaction, but also said, "I don't want to sit on a show where I feel like we're giving fake news or reacting irresponsibly".

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ABC said that the Flynn confidant cited in its initial report "later clarified that during the campaign, Trump assigned Flynn and a small circle of other senior advisers to find ways to fix relations with Russian Federation and other hot spots". "Ross later corrected himself, saying it was actually when Trump was president-elect".

However, the panel, which included Behar, McCain, Sara Haines, Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin, seemed to unanimously agree that Ross' suspension was warranted, but called it an error instead of deliberate, misleading fake news. "I went to a Christmas party over the weekend; it's no secret, most of my friends are in conservative media, [and] I feel a lot like I'm an astronaut from another planet to come here to try to explain both worlds to each other - that's how different I feel on this show sometimes", she said.

On Sunday's "Reliable Sources" on CNN, political analyst Jeff Greenfield said ABC had made a very "consequential" error, especially given the current political climate.

"I will say that fake news and what we did on Friday, that's what I was being accused of being a part of. They're doing it to hurt us.' And this is like handing a sword to the people who want all media to be looked at in that regard", Greenfield said.

Trump also encouraged other news agencies to "do the same" to their correspondents of fake news.

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