ABC released a statement announcing that they "deeply regret and apologize for the serious error" that their network has made, CNN reports.
On Friday, Behar read off a report from ABC News reporter Brian Ross claiming that Flynn, the former White House national security adviser, would soon testify that Trump gave the order to contact the Russians when he was still a candidate, seemingly verifying allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Donald Trump, Jr., blasted ABC News for its "misleading bombshell" report about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's testimony to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding his contact with Russian officials and the lagging efforts of the network to correct a key portion Friday's report. Ross was subsequently suspended for four weeks without pay for the error.
"When it happened in real time, I think everyone who was watching the show could see my discomfort at the room erupting like the Dodgers had just won the World Series", McCain said.
Later on, President Trump congratulated ABC News on the social media platform for punishing Ross for his "horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report" about the Russia controversies, which he described as "Russia Witch Hunt". Although there was ostensibly no intent to mislead the public by Ross and the network issued a clarification - then a correction - to their story, McCain called the report "fake news". "That how we have to be right and not first". She also repeated the false report made by Fox News that rival MSNBC did not cover the Kate Steinle verdict. "It would have been a very different story", he said. "The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process". On Monday, Behar tried to make light of the error. "You know, it's a major network, and I'm sure they're not feeling so great today but a lot of people in the mainstream media are upset with them for not pushing back and for not double-verifying that" report, she said. "I don't want to sit on a show where I feel like we're giving fake news or acting irresponsibly".