ABC News has announced that Brian Ross would be suspended for four weeks without pay "with immediate effect".
"It is vital that we understand the story well and that we maintain the trust we have created with our audience: these are our core principles, but we fell short of that yesterday," the network said in a statement on Saturday. "Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay."
Ross was subject to considerable fire on Friday after erroneously reporting on live television that then-candidate Donald Trump had instructed Michael Flynn to contact the Russians. In a correction seven hours later, the channel admitted that it was the "president-elect" Trump who had made Flynn's request, a significant difference.
ABC published a correction on Twitter and also updated its original article.  Also read: ABC News dragged by all after Mega Michael Flynn Error
CORRECTION of ABC News Special report: Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump directed him to contact the Russians * during the transition * – Initially, as a way of working together to fight against ISIS in Syria, the confidant now says. https://t.co/ewrkVZTu2K pic.twitter.com/URLiHf3uSm
– ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
Also read: Michael Flynn pleads guilty of Lying to the FBI, cooperate with the probe of Robert Mueller
ABC has suffered blatant criticism from all corners of the Internet since the error was known on Friday.
"We deeply regret and apologize for the serious mistake we made yesterday." the network continued in its last statement. "The reports transmitted by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully investigated through our editorial standards process.
" As a result of our continuing report over the next several hours, we finally determined that the information was incorrect and corrected the error in the air and online, "he concluded.
Also read: Jimmy Kimmel compares Michael Flynn's scandal with the iconic scene from & # 39; Star Wars & # 39; [Video]  It's not the first time that Ross faces the fast and loose game with the facts, either.In 2012, he falsely suggested that Aurora shooter Jim Holmes had been a member of the Colorado Tea Party, he was not. 19659002] That flub also led to a clarification in the air of Ross, which can be seen below.  Brian Ross of ABC News had to apologize for suggesting that the theater shooter of Aurora James Holmes was a member Colorado tea party bro. pic.twitter.com/MThgHQ7I99
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Bill O & # 39; Reilly Sexual harbadment scandal: full timeline of events (Photos)
] "The O & # 39; Reilly Factor host Bill O & # 39; Reilly, the most watched and most profitable personality of cable news, has officially appeared on Fox News, here is everything you need to know about the fall of the Fox profit machine in the midst of badual harbadment scandals.
2004 : In O'Reilly's first public encounter with accusations of badual harbadment, the host resolved a lawsuit filed by his former producer, Andrea Mackris, according to a Washington Post report. The payment in the agreement was not disclosed.
January 2017: The current scandal begins to bubble when the New York Times reports that Fox News and O & # 39; Reilly's secret resolved a badual harbadment lawsuit in January. Juliet Huddy, a former employee of Fox News, alleged that in 2011, O & # 39; Reilly tried to derail her career after she rejected the badual innuendos she made.
April 1, 2017: The New York Times reported that O & # 39; Reilly and Fox News resolved accusations of badual harbadment and verbal abuse with five different women directed against the host over the years. The two settlements mentioned above had been reported previously, but three were unknown. Payments to women to finalize their claims amount to $ 13 million. Read more here.
April 1: In addition to the settlements, two other women allege badual harbadment against O & # 39; Reilly. Former Fox host, Andrea Tantaros, alleged that O & # 39; Reilly badually harbaded her in a lawsuit against former Fox CEO Roger Ailes. Radio presenter Wendy Walsh also came forward to claim that O & # 39; Reilly made badual advances when she was invited on her show in 2013, and reneged on the promise to get her a job at the network after she rejected him.
April 4: As the scandal grew, the O & # 39; Reilly sponsors began to abandon the ship. Eleven sponsors of O & # 39; Reilly left the program, including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, BMW, GlaxoSmithKline, Allstate, T. Rowe Price and Constant Contact. the full story here.
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April 5: Donald Trump supports O & # 39; Reilly, saying that the presenter "should not have been established". Trump also said: "I do not think Bill has done anything wrong." Read the rest of the story here.
April 5: Even more sponsors got their support for "The O & # 39 Reilly Factor. " Advertisers who leave the ship include Lexus, Credit Karma, Bayer, TrueCar, Wayfair, Orkin, the Human Resources Management Society, CFP Board and Coldwell Banker. The total number of sponsors who left the program now amounted to at least 20. Read more here.
April 6: As more advertisers withdrew from "The O & # 39; Reilly" Factor, "two sponsors told TheWrap that their ads were aired on Fox News against their wishes. Both MyPillow and Crowne Plaza said their ads were broadcast despite instructions to Fox not to do so. Read more here.
April 7: Fox apparently endorses O & # 39; Reilly despite the accusations of badual harbadment, and women in the network are "distressed" because O & # 39; Reilly was "not charged". Meanwhile, the number of advertisers who withdrew from "The O & # 39; Reilly Factor" rose to 60 or more. Read the full story here
April 7: Angie & # 39; s List, an advertiser who vocally defended O & # 39; Reilly through the scandal, bowed to the pressure of the public boycott and abandoned his "Factor" sponsorship. Read the story here.
April 8: "Saturday Night Live" targeted the scandal O & # 39; Reilly, while sending Trump his pport for the host. Alec Baldwin played O & # 39; Reilly and Trump on the show. See the sketch here.
April 9: Fox News promised to investigate badual harbadment against O & # 39; Reilly, including Walsh & # 39; s. Read the full story here.
April 11: Fox News issued what could have been the last episode of "The O & # 39; Reilly Factor " The episode of April 11 is O & # 39; Reilly S Last before the holidays, said he scheduled in the fall, running until April 24. But the reports suggested O & # 39; Reilly can not be returned to the network when ends your vacation. Read more here.
April 13: In a letter congratulating Fox News on recent successes, the chief executive Rupert Murdoch did not mention O & # 39; Reilly or the ongoing scandal. Read the full story here.
April 18: The Wall Street Journal, a publication owned by the Murdoch family (which also owns Fox News), reported that the network was seeking to sever relations with O & # 39; Reilly before it returned from its Holidays scheduled on April 24. Read the full story here.
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April 19: The women's advocacy group UltraViolet urges Fox to "stop protecting badual harbaders" and dismiss O & # 39; Reilly in an online ad. Read more here.
April 19 : Fox News parent company 20th Century Fox publishes a statement that O & # 39; Reilly will not return to the network. Read the story here.
Everything you need to know about the overthrow of Bill O & # 39; Reilly on Fox News
"The O The host of" Reilly Factor ", Bill O & # 39; Reilly, the most seen and most profitable personality in the cable news, has officially appeared on Fox News Here is everything I need to know about the fall of grace of the Fox profit machine in the midst of scandals of badual harbadment.