Opinion: Brian Ross’ wrongful reporting represents a pervasive trend in the media
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The erroneous report by ABC's Brian Ross is not an isolated event. I am not only referring to the fact that Mr. Ross had previously made blunders including in 2012 when he incorrectly connected the Aurora, Colorado shooter to the Tea Party. The trend goes far beyond a single reporter or a single outlet.
There's an unfortunate urgency among some in the media to uncover something, anything, that could hurt the president or those close to him.
Flashing "Breaking News" on the screen long after news broke, criticizing the First Lady's shoes, calling the president's children and press secretary names. All of these are examples of members of the news media allowing their career ambitions or political beliefs to slip into their reporting.
Let’s go back to ABC’s report. It wrongfully accused the president of actions that he did not take. The headline screamed so loud, it caused the financial markets to go down. When that happens, Americans’ retirement accounts go down as well. ABC's apology is not going to make up for the losses. This is one of a myriad of reasons why reporters should do their jobs and report the news, not what they hope the news is.
Here is the bottom line: this rabid rush for info that gets clicks and views, often at the expense of the president and the truth, has a real negative impact on Americans, as well as on the already low confidence they have in the news media.