You may recall that on Friday, network colleague Brian Ross of ABC News reported that former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn was instructed by candidate Donald J. Trump to meet with Russian officials. The Ross report fit nicely into the “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative manufactured by the Left following Hillary Clinton’s unexpected and embarrassing loss in the November 2016 election.
Only, the Ross report was bogus. He was later forced to correct it during the network’s Friday edition of “World News Tonight,” saying his “anonymous” source had changed the story to reflect that in actuality, Trump instructed Flynn to contact Russian officials regarding the formulation of a joint strategy to combat ISIS after he became president-elect, which is not only perfectly legal and normal but even expected of incoming administrations.
Poof! Like all the fake news before it suggesting a “collusion” link between Team Trump and Mother Russia to “steal the election” from Hillary, Ross’ story, too, disintegrated. And he was suspended for a month, though he ought to be fired: Ross also intimated after the Aurora, Colo., theater shootings that the mass murderer had a link to the conservative Tea Party, which was also false.
Anyway, on her program Monday, Behar — who, along with her co-hosts repeated Ross’ phony report to hoots and hollers of joy from the mind-numbed minions in the studio audience on Friday — discussed her “celebration” last week, claiming she was “guilty of premature evaluation.”
Har, har, Joy…who wrote that for you?
Behar said Monday, “So, on Friday’s show, apparently I was guilty of premature evaluation. I hear they have a pill for that now. Here’s what happened. ABC News reporter Brian Ross released a story claiming when Trump was a candidate he told Michael Flynn to contact the Russians. Ross later corrected himself saying t was when Trump was president-elect. Ross has been suspended for a month. Sunny you have a statement.”
Sunny Hostin, a legal correspondent and analysts for ABC, read the network’s statement:
We deeply regret and apologize for a serious error. The reporting made by Brian Ross had not been completely vetted by our process. As a result of our reporting over the next several hours, we realized it was wrong. We corrected it on air and online. It is vital we get the story right. And retain the trust we have with our audience. These are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday. Effective immediately Brian Ross is suspended for four weeks without pay.
“Okay. That’s ABC’s statement. Brian Ross released a statement also on Sunday. He said, ‘My job is to hold people accountable. That’s why I agree with being held accountable myself.’ That’s why I agree with being held accountable myself. He has basically –I would say that this is — people are slamming this as fake news. To me at this time a mistake. He didn’t deliberately put out a false piece of information he made an error. What do you girls think?” (Related: ABC forced to “correct” FAKE NEWS report that candidate Trump directed Michael Flynn to talk to Russians — “Collusion” hoax takes another hit.)
The other co-hosts weighed in as well, with the only “conservative” on the panel — Megan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, RINO-Arizona — calling what Ross put out “fake news.”
And as for Behar, she isn’t “guilty of premature evaluation.” Her problem is that she — like all of the other insane, Left-wing establishment media types — is stricken with “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” These people really do believe the phony “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative, which is why they are so quick to accept any ‘reports’ that appear to substantiate their unshakeable belief.
And while people like her claim Trump is the one with mental issues, to believe something that isn’t real is the epitome of mental derangement.
There was no “Trump-Russia collusion,” because if there had been, given all of the Deep State leaks since Trump won a year ago, we’d have seen real evidence of collusion by now.
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.