The New Judy Miller, Brian Ross?
I just want to throw this out there, three stories out of ABCNews all pushing fear, two with a Brian Ross byline and another uncredited, one each week. If I look at the stories, it just makes me raise an eyebrow.
First, Brian Ross was the reporter who broke the already discredited story about IED's coming into Iraq from Iran, conveniently right before the White House started making the claim, very similar to Judy Miller publishing the now discredited "aluminum tubes" story on the day of the Cheney rollout of that propaganda piece.
Next, a week later, with Bush polls down, a scare piece on the bird flu.
Then, yesterday, in an article crediting ABC's Investigative Unit of which Brian Ross is the featured player, was the report of all sorts of Al Qaeda/Iraq tie ins. Reading this article it seems to present it without the context that during the period when these contacts took place, 94-95, many other governments, including the US were in contact with Bin Laden. It just seems to imply a more significant tie.
One more from Mar. 20. Right in concert with Donald Rumsfeld complaining that "the enemy" is more saavy at using new communications, the internet etc, Brian Ross has a story on the Iraqi insurgents' media campaign.
I'm not saying it outright, because I don't think the evidence is concrete, but I'm just making a suggestion that this might be something to watch.
In the last month his stories seem to be coinciding with the messages out of the White House.