On March 5, ABC’s Brian Ross was the recipient of an award for excellence in investigative journalism despite Ross’s history of misreporting events.
The Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was bestowed upon the ABC reporter for his work reporting on the health problems of coal miners. The prize was given at a ceremony at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.
Brian Ross and his ABC team worked closely with the left-leaning Center for Public Integrity to produce this newly celebrated coal miner report.
The award celebrates journalism that “best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics.”
This is the same Brian Ross who identified the murderer who shot up a Colorado movie theater as a member of a local Tea Party group; hours later it was discovered that Ross had the wrong man. Worse, it came to light that Ross took the name police released and looked for membership rosters of local tea party groups to which to match it, his assumption being that a mass shooting simply must have been perpetrated by a conservative.
Ross’s absurd assumption and false reporting was so bad that even left-wing comedian Jon Stewart attacked Ross over the bias.
This wasn’t the only case of Brian Ross assuming that a killer just had to be a conservative. Ross did the same thing for a criminal who shot up a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.