There are plenty of people who have had a bad autumn. Brian Ross probably hasn’t had the worst of it — after all, Harvey Weinstein is staring into a void that includes a lifetime of disgrace at best, and a not-insignificant stint in jail at worst.
However, getting suspended from ABC News for four weeks due to a “serious error” in his reporting on President Trump and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn probably isn’t how Mr. Ross planned on spending the holiday season.
And, according to evangelist Franklin Graham, it’s all because he — and everyone else — needs Jesus.
If you’re scratching your head over the connection here, let’s start at the beginning. According to The Washington Post, Ross’ problems began with his reporting on Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week to lying about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
On Friday, Ross reported that then-candidate Trump had instructed Flynn to reach out to Russian officials during the campaign. That was a pretty serious charge, and the stock market reacted accordingly, dropping 350 points during the trading session after Ross’ report on Flynn came out.
As it turns out, Ross was gravely incorrect; Trump had only instructed Flynn to contact the Russians after he was president-elect. ABC News apologized and Ross was suspended for four weeks without pay.
I hope one of these days journalists will learn that spewing #FakeNews has consequences – @BrianRoss botched reporting @ABC temporarily dropped the market 350 points, undoubtedly costing people, savings accounts, 401ks, pension funds, charities, etc millions of dollars. pic.twitter.com/arrh8Pob4L
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) December 3, 2017
In a Facebook post that quickly went viral, Graham weighed in on Ross’ error, noting its seriousness and arguing it proves we all need the Savior in our lives.
“The Bible says that telling a lie is a sin,” Graham wrote. “It also says that there will be no liars in heaven. The fact is, all of us have lied. That’s why we need forgiveness, that’s why we need a Savior to redeem us.
“Brian Ross of ABC News lied last week, and his lie caused the stock market to go down 350 points costing some investors millions of dollars. But the cost of sin is even more serious than the loss of millions of dollars. The cost of sin is death–it causes us to lose eternal life in Heaven.”
Graham ended with a verse from Ephesians 2: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Brian Ross cost a lot of people a lot of money. He cost his own reputation dearly. Yet, he’s far from being the first human being that has failed, and he’s far from the last.
Moses is considered one of the greatest figures in the Bible, yet his trials leading the Israelites were so great he actually begged God to kill him. Yet, the Lord finally let him see the promised land before he went to be with God. Joseph went from prison to power, all because of the Lord’s hand. Peter denied Jesus three times, and yet he became the rock on which Jesus built his church upon.
Brian Ross has four weeks without pay to think about his error. One can only hope he comes back with a renewed sense of humility and wisdom. If he needs to know where to find those things, perhaps he ought to ask Franklin Graham.
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