ABC News president to staff: Our coverage was excellent except for that whole Brian Ross tea party thing

posted at 4:41 pm on July 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

It’s now day five of Rossgate and we continue to inch ever so slowly towards meaningful action. Consider this post the official launch of the Hot Air pool on when disciplinary measures will be announced. Put me down for five bucks on seventeen days from now.

Ed calls this “ABC’s version of ‘Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?’”

ABC News president Ben Sherwood told staff today that last Friday’s incorrect report by Brian Ross detracts from the network’s otherwise excellent coverage of the Colarado theater shooting, network sources tell POLITICO.

Sherwood’s remarks, made on the network’s daily editorial conference call, came the morning after Ross’s report was picked up by late night comedians John Stewart and Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central, both of whom used Ross’s erroneous suggestion of a Tea Party link to the Colorado theater shooting as fodder for their Monday night routines.

On Monday’s conference call, ABC News SVP James Goldston also commended the staff for its work, noted the incorrect report, and said that the network was taking steps to ensure it did not happen again, sources told POLITICO yesterday.

Right-wing blog indignation could be safely ignored but once the media’s patron saint gave the official thumbs down, Sherwood and Goldston had no choice but to speak up. Imagine if Stewart goes after them again tonight for that highly dubious he said/she said with James Holmes’s mother. Good lord. They’ll have to call a news conference to grovel properly.

Here’s O’Reilly with Bernie Goldberg last night insisting that Ross’s true sin was blind headline-seeking, not hardcore partisan bias. WaPo went through The Blotter’s archives to see whether the Ross oeuvre has any strong ideological bent and found a lot of stories about Solyndra, Bernie Madoff, and of course terrorism. Hmmmm. Exit question: So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?



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“So, honey, what did you do today??? ….”

Resist We Much on July 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

o/t

Report: Chinese Police Rescue “Fantasy Girl” … Still “Non-Responsive,” But Back At Work

M2RB: .38 Special, live at Sturgis
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“So, honey, what did you do today??? ….”

Resist We Much on July 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

(sobbing) But she was so young! So much to live for!

cynccook on July 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM

(sobbing) But she was so young! So much to live for!

cynccook on July 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I understand that her estranged husband, an Egyptian Muslim, happened to be in town when he heard about her demise. Fortunately for him, the Egyptian Embassy intervened and he was allowed to have sex with her for 6 hours before recycling claimed the remains.

hehehe

Resist We Much on July 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Fire his a$$.

gracie on July 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

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If he/they worked for me, I would have no trouble terminating their employment.

diogenes on July 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM

If he/they worked for me, I would have no trouble terminating their employment.

diogenes on July 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM

That’s a problem in our society today, no one ever gets fired anymore.

slickwillie2001 on July 24, 2012 at 11:28 PM

we’ve got lawyers at every major meeting these days, maybe they need to start showing up at the dailys in the newsroom too.

Rea1ityCheck on July 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Exit question: So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

Yes.

Tim_CA on July 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM

(sobbing) But she was so young! So much to live for!

cynccook on July 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I understand that her estranged husband, an Egyptian Muslim, happened to be in town when he heard about her demise. Fortunately for him, the Egyptian Embassy intervened and he was allowed to have sex with her for 6 hours before recycling claimed the remains.

hehehe

Resist We Much on July 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Say whaaat, I thought necrophilia (or necrolagnia, as they like it) is illegal mostly everywhere…

jimver on July 25, 2012 at 3:07 AM

So Stephanopoulos is off scot free in all of this, huh?

……George is still blowing up rubbers and worrying about birth control!

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Why, can he conceive?

jimver on July 25, 2012 at 3:11 AM

“So, honey, what did you do today??? ….”

Resist We Much on July 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Sheeeesh!??!?!? You’re a woman??? Don’t believe it. You’re too funny.

socalcon on July 25, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Our coverage was excellent except for that…

Gosh, honey -I’m been faithful to you all these years except for that blond…and her sister…oh..I forgot about the neighbor’s wife, and that incident with her cute mother…and..

Don L on July 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

O’Reilly is a lying idiot as anyone watching the gun control discussion last night knows. Who cares what he says.

And ABC news and news specials? Don’t watch them and never will. I’m not a democrat, I don’t enjoy being lied to.

I don’t watch or listen to, or read anything from Stephanopololololpoloois either.

Morons one and all including Sherwood who is a delusional liar.

woodNfish on July 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM

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