In an unprecedented but welcomed turn of events, ABC Chief National Correspondent journalist Matt Gutman has been suspended indefinitely for falsely reporting that the entire Bryant family was on board the helicopter during the horrific accident that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and 7 others on Sunday morning.
“Reporting the facts accurately is the cornerstone of our journalism,” an ABC News representative said in a statement to The Times that confirmed the suspension. “As he acknowledged on Sunday, Matt Gutman’s initial reporting was not accurate and failed to meet our editorial standards.”
Gutman later recanted his original story via Twitter only after TMZ released a follow up report that clarified that it was only Kobe and Gianna from the Bryant family that was aboard the helicopter during the crash
Kudos to ABC for at least making some attempt to instill a sense of accountability. Let’s see if other media outlets will also hold their correspondents accountable for reporting “fake news”.