On Friday’s live broadcast of ABC’s The View, co-host Joy Behar cheerfully read from a note card the breaking news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had admitted to lying to the FBI and will “testify that, as a candidate, Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians.”
“Michael Flynn promised full cooperation to the [Robert] Mueller team,” Behar said, “and is prepared to testify that, as a candidate, Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians.”
“Yay. Wow! He goes to jail! He goes to jail! He goes to jail! Lock him up!” Behar chanted to the audience, receiving doses of laughter and cheer. “This is the antithesis of election night, On election night, I had to wear a veil, I was in mourning. So this is like the antithesis of that hideous night, and that is why I am happy.”
However, the problem with the announcement? Behar read the same false report that ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross released!
Yes, in an appearance Friday on ABC’s World News, Ross issued a “clarification,” noting that it was not “candidate Trump,” but “President-elect Trump” that instructed Flynn to contact Russia.
ABC also issued a statement on the report, apologizing for the error, and suspended Ross for four weeks without pay, but not before it had gone viral on its Twitter account or before the stock market tumbled nearly 400 points.
The sharp slide in the stock market came within minutes of an ABC News report that Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with Russians. https://t.co/0Muyz3cZfZ pic.twitter.com/PtBgdLY3CC
— CNNMoney (@CNNMoney) December 1, 2017
Nevertheless, Behar, at the time of her announcement, was not aware of Ross’ blunder, and suggested President Trump should resign.
“I remember Richard Nixon, and Richard Nixon stepped down, and so should Donald Trump,” Behar said. “It’s a happy day, come on. If he is going to be taken down for what he did and this country can start to heal, and parties can work together like Meghan wants it to, then that is a happy day.”
Also, show guest and CNN analyst Ana Navarro added, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it’s beginning to look a lot like collusion.”
Uh…Whoops! Not so fast, ladies.