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Monday, July 02, 2018

Brian Ross makes the Trump Schadenfreude List

The retirement this week of Brian Ross is a reminder that I haven't put him on the Trump Schadenfreude List for people who feuded with The Donald and lost.

But I did include him in "Fake News Follies of 2017."

And this is what I wrote....

On December 1, 2017, Mueller forced retired army lieutenant general Michael Flynn to agree to plead guilty to lying to the FBI. Brian Ross of ABC News told the world the sky was falling on President Trump. He reported that Flynn would testify against Trump. Ross stated that as a candidate, Trump told Flynn to contact Russians.
The stock market panicked. Within minutes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 350 points. Liberals rejoiced.
'Host Joy Behar got the honor of revealing the bombshell that Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty about lying to the FBI about working with the Russians. The women of ‘The View’ heard the Michael Flynn news live on air Friday morning and the reaction in the studio was jubilant to say the least,' AOL reported that day.
The audience chanted, 'lock him up.' Some liberals had not felt this good since Brian Ross reported that the mass killer in Aurora, Colorado, was a member of the Tea Party. But just as he was wrong then, he was wrong this time.
More than seven hours after Ross made his error, he went on ABC’s evening news and said, 'A clarification tonight on something one of Flynn’s confidants told us and we reported earlier today. He said the president had asked Flynn to contact Russia during the campaign. He’s now clarifying that saying, according to Flynn, candidate Trump asked him during the campaign to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other world hot spots. And then after the election, the president-elect asked him to contact Russia on issues including working together to fight ISIS.'
The thrill of victory at ABC quickly became the agony of defeat. Other journalists were not pleased with ABC’s delay and failure to admit it blew it.
'If we want to regain trust in the media, we need to admit our mistakes, especially when as consequential as this. Retract. Correct. Don’t use weasel words to describe it,' Jonathan Swan of Axios tweeted.
Four hours later — at ten fifty-three EST on a Friday night — ABC News tweeted, 'CORRECTION of ABC News Special Report: Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians *during the transition* — initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria, confidante now says.'
Politico listed the greatest misses by Ross over the years as ABC News’ chief investigative reporter on July 20, 2012. This was on the heels of his Aurora blunder.
'In 2010, Ross reported that a defect in Toyota cars was responsible for ‘unintended acceleration.’ As part of his report, he showed video footage of the Toyota’s tachometer going from 1,000 RPMs to 6,000 RPMs in a single second. But the same footage revealed that the car was actually parked with the doors open when Ross claimed it was moving. ABC News confirmed that the stage footage had been spliced into Ross’s video,' Politico reported.
Politico cited a false claim that terrorist Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded only once. He was waterboarded eighty-three times. Ross also falsely claimed the FBI was investigating House Speaker Dennis Hastert in 2006 as part of the Jack Abramoff scandal. Not so.
At sixty-nine, Ross was one of the most honored men in television, receiving six George Polk Awards, six Peabody Awards, and two Emmy Awards. But he had a bad reputation.
'You just knew this report was wrong as soon as ABC and Brian Ross reported it,' Ari Fleischer, President Bush 43’s first spokesman, tweeted.
I cannot think of a better example of what is wrong with the American press today. Insulated by libel laws that make it nearly impossible to hold anyone accountable, the press has no incentive to get the fact right. Ross’s story was measured not by its veracity, but rather by how many clicks it got online. It’s called clickbait. The press had adopted the worst habits of the worst of the bloggers on the Internet.
Then an amazing thing happened. ABC News suspended Ross for four weeks without pay.
'We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process,' ABC News announced.
Ross had gotten away with lie after lie after lie in his career, but in the Age of Trump, the public no longer accepted Fake News. Past presidents complained privately to network presidents and newspaper publishers. Trump went public."
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So now Brian Ross has retired, and I wish him well.

But he remains a poster boy of Fake News, moreso than even Jim Acosta. Ross got major stories wrong, repeatedly, yet his peers saw him as a great journalist bestowing all sorts of accolades and awards upon him.

Ari Fleischer was among those who knew better, but President Bush 43 feared the press and so, Fleischer was silenced.

Donald Trump fears God, and no one else.

The Trump Schadenfreude List.

1. Casey Affleck.

February 2017: "Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech."

November 2017: "Thousands Sign Petition To Keep Casey Affleck From Presenting At Oscars."

2. Michael Avenatti.

March 2018: "'The President May Be Able to Fire Mueller, but He Can’t Fire Me': Stormy Daniels’s Attorney Relishes His Role as Trump Nemesis Du Jour.

May 2018: "Avenatti Exposed: Stormy's Lawyer May Face Disbarment, Legal Action As Past Catches Up."

3. H. Brandt Ayers

2017: "Trump breaches moral line."

2018: "Anniston Star's ex-publisher spanked female employees in the 1970s, reports say."

4. Alec Baldwin.

2016: "Alec Baldwin totally nailed Trump on the 'SNL' premiere."

2017: "Alec Baldwin Admits He's 'Bullied Women,' Calls for a Change in Hollywood."

5. LaVar Ball.

November 2017: "LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China."

December 2017: "LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school in the United States after UCLA-Trump row."

6. Mario Batali.

2017: "Mario Batali Predicts a 'Violent Revolution' Could Happen in America Over Food."

2018: "Famed chef Mario Batali’s Vegas Strip restaurants will close."

7. Michael Bennett.

2017: "Michael Bennett: Trump stooped so low with his NFL attacks."

2018: "Michael Bennett indicted for allegedly injuring elderly paraplegic at Super Bowl LI."

8. Maddie Bowman.

2017: "Olympic gold medal skier Maddie Bowman would turn down visit to the White House."

2018: "Team USA's Maddie Bowman Finishes 11th in Crushing Blow for Former Gold Medal Skier."

9. Tom Brokaw.

2015: "Legendary newsman Tom Brokaw says he would 'call in sick' if he had to cover Donald Trump every night."

2018: "Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former NBC Anchor."

10. Jim Carrey.

March 2018: "Jim Carrey has been trolling Trump and the GOP with paintings."

May 2018: "What has happened to Jim Carrey? Once a revered comedian with a big fan base, Carrey hasn’t made a good movie in 10 years, and the ones he’s in have been box-office bombs."

11. Hillary Clinton.

2016: "Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning."

2017: "Hillary, I love you. But please go away."

12. George Clooney.

2016: "Clooney's Vow: Trump Will Not Be President; See Trump's Response."

2017: "Clooney's 'Suburbicon' tanks, 'Saw' sequel No. 1 with $16.3M."

13. John Conyers.

2016: "Rep. John Conyers: Donald Trump Is the Next Richard Nixon."

2017: "Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations."

14. David Corn.

2016: "MSNBC’s David Corn destroys Ann Coulter for defending Trump’s decision not to release tax returns."

2017: "David Corn investigated for inappropriate workplace behavior."

15. Bill Cosby.

2011: "Bill Cosby Rips Donald Trump On Today Show."

2018: "Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman."

16. Joe Crowley.

January 2018: "Crowley trashes Trump, talks upcoming races."

June 2018: "Top Democrat Crowley loses in shocker."

17. Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.

2017: "Puerto Rico mayor weeps as she begs for help while Trump congratulates himself on 'good job' with aid."

2018: "Administration of Trump-bashing Puerto Rican mayor reportedly facing FBI corruption probe."

18. Robert De Niro.

2016: "De Niro: I’d Like to Punch Trump In the Face."

2017: De Niro film scores 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. Cost $15 million to make. Had a box office of $1.7 million.

19. Lena Dunham.

2016: "Lena Dunham: I'll move to Canada if Trump is president."

2017: "Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape."

20. Eminem.

October 2017: "Eminem unleashes on Trump: The 11 fiercest lines."

November 2017: "Eminem is SKEWERED on social media after his bizarre performance on SNL."

Bonus: "Rapper Eminem ‘extremely angry’ that Trump didn’t respond to castigating freestyle rap."

21. Peter Fonda.

June 20, 2018: "We should rip Barron Trump from his mother's arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will will stand up against the giant a--hole she is married to. 90 million people in the streets on the same weekend in the country. F---"

June 22, 2018: "‘Boundaries’ Has Tepid Indie Box Office Launch After Peter Fonda Tweets."

22. Al Franken.

2016: "Al Franken Hilariously Mocks Donald Trump."

2017: "Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations."

23. Morgan Freeman.

February 2018: "'Shame on you, Mr. President': Morgan Freeman blames Donald Trump for Florida school shooting."

May 2018: "Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment."

24. GQ.

2016: "If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You."

2017: "Layoffs Hit GQ as Condé Nast Cuts Continue."

25. Kathy Griffin.

2016: "Kathy Griffin Thinks Comedy Should Go All Out on ‘President Piece of Shit’ Donald Trump."

2017: "CNN fires Kathy Griffin."

26. Alcee Hastings.

2016: "Democratic congressman calls Donald Trump 'pile of excrement.'"

2017: "Taxpayers paid $220K to settle sexual harassment case involving Hastings."

27. Stephen Henderson.

2016: "Henderson: Vote for Trump was a consent, purposeful or not, to bigotry."

2017: "Free Press’ Stephen Henderson terminated for misconduct."

28. David Hogg.

March 4: "Florida shooting survivor David Hogg says he hung up on the White House during a call inviting him to Trump's listening session."

March 27: "PARKLAND LEADER DAVID HOGG" I'm Changing the World BUT UC SCHOOLS STILL REJECTED ME."

29. Megyn Kelly.

2016: "GOP Debate: Donald Trump's 'Spat' With Megyn Kelly Is Sexism."

2017: "Megyn Kelly drags down 'Today' ratings."

30. Garrison Keillor.

2016: “So, he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting ‘Lock her up’ — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted ‘Stronger Together.’ It just doesn't chant.”

2017: "Minnesota Public Radio Fires Garrison Keillor Over Allegations of Improper Conduct."

31. Brian Krzanich.

2017: "Intel CEO Brian Krzanich drops out of Trump council."

2018: "Intel's Brian Krzanich is forced out as CEO after 'consensual relationship' with employee."

32. Shia LaBeouf.

January 2017: "Shia LaBeouf arrested at his anti-Trump art installation."

April 2017: "Shia LaBeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office."

33. Lady Gamecocks.

2017: "South Carolina women's basketball team declines Trump's invite to White House."

2018: "UConn routs South Carolina 94-65, heads back to Final Four."

34. Jennifer Lawrence.

2017: "Jennifer Lawrence Would Like to Throw a Martini at President Donald Trump's Face."

2018: "Box Office Poison: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Bottoms Out at $17 Million."

35. Ryan Lizza.

2016: "Trump Gets Ready to Be a Bad Loser."

2017: "New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'."

36. Louis C.K.

2016: "Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot.’"

2017: "FX fires Louis C.K. after comic confirms sexual misconduct claims."

37. Macy's.

2015: "Macy's Drops Donald Trump's Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks."

2017: "Macy's Announces Store Closings for 2017."

38. Rose McGowan.

2016: "Rose McGowan Blasts Donald Trump, Murdochs, Networks in Open Letter: 'You Are Causing a Worldwide Sickness.'"

2018: "Rose McGowan Indicted for Cocaine Possession."

39. Alyssa Milano.

March 2017: "Alyssa Milano on Trump: 'Removing him will be up to' women."

June 2017: "Anti-Trumper Alyssa Milano is broke as a joke, didn’t pay taxes and stiffed her employees."

40. Evan McMullin.

2016: "Why Evan McMullin Says Donald Trump Is More Dangerous Than ISIS."

2018: "Evan McMullin Potentially In Violation Of Campaign Finance Laws, Records Show."

41. Mac Miller.

2017: "Mac Miller: Donald Trump wants to 'make America white again.'"

2018: "Mac Miller Arrested for DUI, Hit and Run."

42. Mayor Ed Murray.

2016: Democratic "Seattle mayor decries Trump, says immigrants welcome."

2017: "Seattle Mayor Resigns After Multiple Sexual Abuse Allegations."

43. Rupert Myers.

January 2017: "British GQ writer: Could Obama ‘murder Trump and Pence’ then pardon himself?"

October 2017: "Male feminist writer fired by GQ Magazine after woman accuses him of sexual assault."

44. NFL.

September 2017: "After Trump Blasts N.F.L., Players Kneel and Lock Arms in Solidarity."

November 2017: "NFL TV Partners Set To Lose Up To $500 Million On Ratings Decline."

45. Barack Obama.

During the campaign, Trump tweeted, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel's show, read the tweet, and replied, "At least I'll go down as a president."

Fifteen days later, we elected Trump to erase Obama's legacy.

46. Rosie O'Donnell.

1996: "Queen of Nice Can Rosie O'Donnell Clean Up Trash TV?"

2017: "Rosie O’Donnell Admits: ‘I Spend 90% Of My Hours Tweeting Hatred’ At Trump."

47. Playboy.

2016: "Hugh Hefner's son feels 'personal embarrassment' that Trump was on Playboy's cover."

2017: "Playboy considers closing down magazine to concentrate on nightclubs and casinos just months after death of founder Hugh Hefner."

48. Tony Podesta.

2010: "Tony Podesta, Superlobbyist."

2017: "Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe."

49. Gregg Popovich.

2017: "Gregg Popovich Issues Blistering Takedown of ‘Soulless Coward’ Donald Trump."

2018: "Spurs season ends with hard-fought, last minute loss to Warriors in Game 5."

50. Jorge Ramos.

2015: "In taking on Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump may have tussled with the wrong media star."

2018: "Jorge Ramos Eyeing Return to Mexico."

51. Brett Ratner.

June 2017: "Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump."

November 2017: "Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct."

52. Brian Ross.

2018: "Brian Ross is leaving ABC after botched Michael Flynn report."

53. Eric Schmidt.

January 2017: "Google's Eric Schmidt: Trump Administration Will Do Evil Things."

December 2017: "Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman."

54. Eric Schneiderman.

February 2018: "Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump?"

May 2018: "Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse."

May 2018: "NY Attorney General Schneiderman Resigns After Abuse Accusations."

55. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2016: "Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I Will Not Vote for the Republican Candidate for President.’"

2017: "He won't be back: Schwarzenegger's Terminator franchise terminated."

2017: "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Legend of Conan Isn't Happening."

2017: "Donald Trump Says Arnold Schwarzenegger Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’"

56. Andy Signore.

June 2017: "I am so damn sick of bully @realDonaldTrump taking words out of context to act out his agenda of fear, corruption & bigotry. #NotMyPresident."

October 2017: "‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Fired for ‘Egregious and Intolerable’ Sexual Behavior."

57. John Skipper.

October 2017: "Report: ESPN’s John Skipper Attacks President Trump, Fox News, and Clay Travis, in Private Employee Meeting."

December 2017: "John Skipper's resignation caps a tumultuous year at ESPN."

58. Tavis Smiley.

2016: "Tavis Smiley: BFOTs (Black Friends of Trump) Are Normalizing Racism."

2017: "PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley For Allegedly Forcing Women and Men to Have Sex With Him to Keep Their Jobs."

59. George Soros.

2016: "George Soros Says Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are ISIS' Biggest Weapon."

2018: "George Soros Complains: ‘Everything That Could Go Wrong, Has Gone Wrong.’"

60. Kevin Spacey.

2016: "Kevin Spacey mocks Donald Trump and calls him a 'disease' at Cannes."

2017: "Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14."

61. Starbucks.

2017: "Starbucks' Howard Schultz told workers Trump created 'chaos' that is hurting economy."

2018: "Calls grow to boycott Starbucks after two black men arrested for not making order."

62. Alwaleed Bin Talal.

2016: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: ‘I Bailed You Out Twice.'"

2017: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown."

63. George Takei.

2016: "George Takei: Trump's Muslim registry is 'prelude to internment'."

2017: "George Takei’s Facebook empire strains under sexual harassment allegations."

64. Teen Vogue.

2016: "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America."

2017: "Teen Vogue is going to cease printing."

65. Lindsey Vonn.

2017: "Lindsey Vonn says she doesn't want to represent Donald Trump at Olympics."

2018: "Lindsey Vonn Loses Super-G Medal in Last-Second Mistake."

66. Harvey Weinstein.

2016: "Harvey Weinstein says Trump 'appeals to the worst in us'."

2017: "Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports."

67. The White House Correspondents' Association.

2017: "The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House."

2018: "Comedian Kathy Griffin is the Only Recognizable 'Name' at the White House Correspondents Dinner."

68. Brian Williams.

2012: "Donald Trump has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."

2015: "Brian Williams Demoted to MSNBC Breaking News Anchor."

69. Kevin D. Williamson.

2015: "Witless Ape Rides Escalator."

2018: "Atlantic Fires Kevin Williamson After Suddenly Realizing He Believes The Things He Says."

10 comments:

  1. Jeez O Pete Big D. This is the first inductee that I have a problem with, I thought we were going after big game here, not ass licking boot lickers.

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  2. Adios Brian. You will be missed. You contributed more to MAGA & Keep America Great 2020 than you will ever know.

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  3. Z -

    This is a "funsies" choice - grins and giggles!

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    1. I know, jb. Above all else, Mr. T is just a fun president!

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  4. He didn't just get stories wrong, he was a liar.
    Standard operating procedure for the press is to mislead the public. Even when actual facts are presented they are presented in a manner calculated to deceive.

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  5. Conservative Treehouse reports Ross is Reporter 4 in Wolfe leaking case. Maybe this time he was spoon fed the fake news? Haha!

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    1. So he slept with Wolfe too?

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    2. You win the Internet for today, Big D!

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    3. Why not? A whore's a whore for a' that.

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