ABC Makes "Epic Mistake", Retracts Bombshell Flynn Story

Tyler Durden's picture

Having caused chaos in financial markets briefly, set the liberal media on fire with 'I told you so's, and sparked a renewed round of #ImpeachTrump demands, ABC News issued a 'clarification' to their bombshell Flynn report that not only negates the entire story but provides President Trump with another round of ammunition to fire against the 'fake news' media.

Critically, ABC News reports, correcting their earlier report, that Michael Flynn is prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to contact the Russians as president-elect, not as a candidate.

Here is the full 'clarification'

During a live Special Report, ABC News reported that a confidant of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the campaign.


That source later clarified that during the campaign, Trump assigned Flynn and a small circle of other senior advisers to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots.


It was shortly after the election, that President-elect Trump directed Flynn to contact Russian officials on topics that included working jointly against ISIS.

So to clarify - just as President Trump had stated, there was no contact with Russians during his time as a candidate but in fact it was in transition as he attempted to mend broken bridges with another world super-power in his role as president-elect - this in no way a criminal act at all. In fact, reaching out to foreign governments during transitions is standard procedure.

CNN is embarrassed...

Axios apologizes for its use of the story...

(We regret highlighting a story that had one source making an astonishing allegation.)

And maybe Brian Ross, so-called journalist and ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent, who wrote the ABC article, will explain himself and his 'sources' for this nothingburger of a story.

One wonder what the consequences are, or should be, for such an obvious error.

The original tweet published by ABC News containing Ross' initial report had been retweeted more than 25,000 times and embedded in various news stories online before it was deleted.

But the clarification - issued at 7:53pmET - has just 2600 RTs...

Ironically, that tweet was also deleted, and this is the latest retraction, even if ABC still indends on calling it a correction:

Which for those still confused, can be summarized as follows:

Is it any wonder trust in the mainstream media is at rock bottom?

How long before Dianne Feinstein retracts her angry statement aimed at President Trump "negotiating with Russia against US interests"?

We look forward to President Trump's tirade over this.

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Mr. Kwikky's picture

And who owns ABC?


Copyright ©2009-2017 Media, LTD

Jim in MN's picture

That's more like ABC Auto Parts, just so you know.

Jim in MN's picture

Go.  Now.

Get the phone book. 

The white pages business listings.

Count how many businesses called ABC Something there are.

Get back to us.

We'll wait for ya.

Mr. Kwikky's picture

It´s called sarcasm, getting pretty cynical about these kind of reports /s \s

Bes's picture

Logan Act 1799

§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
Mr. Kwikky's picture

What about we communicating on a 'foreign' platform called ZH? TRAITOR! /s


CNN: White House claims Obama admin approved Flynn calls with Russian ambassador


Obama to meet with world leaders

NoDebt's picture

The MSM has launch yet another NOTHING BURGER into the public sphere.  You wonder why Trump was elected?  You wonder why none of his supporters are abandoning him no matter what bullshit you peddle?  This is why.  

Keep going, assholes.  You are only feeding that which you seek to destroy.  Sensationalize more stories.  Discredit yourself further.  Above all, please keep thinking none of this bullshit you peddle can ever come back and effect you personally.  Surely, you are immune from the consequences of your lies.  PLEASE keep thinking that.


ACP's picture

Yo Tylers, it's probably about time to put a disclaimer on every story from:

NYT, WAPO, ABC, CBS, NBC, and all the other extreme left wing propagandist tabloids.


Escrava Isaura's picture

Epic mistake: president-elect Trump, not candidate Trump


This is a dumb mistake, not epic.

This is epic.


JSBach1's picture

You left vs right partisans, your cock battles are of insignificance,as both your left and right nuts will be rendered to obscurity, in the "interest" of the common good.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

“This is a dumb mistake. Not epic.”

Funny... your mother said the same about you.

Kayman's picture

The best part of Escrapa dribbled down his Momma's leg.

fattail's picture

No.  When the mistake is intended to initiate impeachment hearings its not a mistake.  It's a malicious lie meant to gain political advantage and disenfranchise all of the people who voted for trump.  

But i do do love how the MSM keeps discreiting itself with more "fake news".  It makes it so much easier for trump to connect with his voters.  And eventually all of the liberal voters who are only barely attached to the process are going to get disenchanted with their leaders for not "resisting" and impeaching trump.  Leading to still more demagogury, identity politics, and extreme leftist candidates.

E5's picture

Obama killing a teenager is epic.  Those that support and conspire to bury it are the enemy of the Citizens.  Useful idiot.

AndSoItBegins's picture

Typical twisted purposeful misinformation designed to exact harm to the President and rile up the progressives. Yeah, no big deal. 

rosiescenario's picture

Obviously you have a very good working knowledge of 'dumb'.

cpnscarlet's picture

You know that there are a Brazilion reasons we don't read your comment anymore.....BURP..... C'mon Morty, let's get the f**k outta here.

Creative_Destruct's picture

@Escrava: "This is a dumb mistake, not epic."

Nope it's epic.... such an extreme sensationalist report being presented without careful clarification and corroaboration is blatantly irresponsible "journalism." Weaponized bias against Trump.

Just another example of Ross playing to the tabloid sensibilities. Shoulda shown this clown the door long ago.

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Eyes Opened's picture

"If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call 9-1-1 immediately."


Or log on to Facecrook , post your symptoms ......& wait by the door ....

Yog Soggoth's picture

The ones in Wa Po written by John Podesta tagged with 'pedophile said what?'

Overpowered By Funk's picture

Maybe we need to get Matt Laurer to straighten this shit up.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

Trump's greatness as the peoples man in DC is unprecedented. What is to abandon?

Baron Trump for President 2060.

HardAssets's picture

I like these little ‘battles’ too. Like the whole NFL deal. Trump has had it in for those guys for a long time.

But in the meantime, they didn’t dump obummer’care’ and the R version was about as bad. They’re trying to pass a screw job tax bill that benefits the .001%. And people are giving high fives over tweets ? How bout substance? How bout those campaign promises?

fattail's picture

Wait are you suggesting a man who lost a lot of money as owner of a USFL franchise might take some pleasure in the NFL's problems?

Why would he do that?

jcaz's picture

Because a lot of us here are part of that .001%-  what's YOUR problem, slacker?  Still waiting for those reparation payments?  Poor baby.....

GoinFawr's picture

Too bad you dropped the ball on BTC, you could have been part of the .0001%

Meat Hammer's picture

Their hubris has been and will continue to be their greatest liability.

phaedrus1952's picture

"Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad".

"Pride goes before the fall".

Same as it ever was, playing out before us in real time.

Hata Mari's picture

Irresponsible reporting will end up killing us all!

The Dreadnought's picture

Preach, Brother. 




Eyes Opened's picture

Sarcasm ?? Mr. Kwikky is a bit slow...   lol

ABC.... back to Sesame Street with u...

Perhaps u should stop snortin that CIA shit u mention in your bio....  


TahoeBilly2012's picture

Listen Kiwwiky you UnGodly, UnConstitutional, TeeVee loving communist, when the SHTF will we mop kooks like you up!

Mr. Kwikky's picture
"The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves." 

- Lenin, just sayin;)

Rubbish's picture

If you don't have at least a 5 year old moniker, you are fake Hedge.


Gold Bitchez.......I pick up pennies

Giant Meteor's picture

LoL, well then, good thing you've made it by 44 weeks ..

And yes, I am entertained ! 

Well done !

nmewn's picture

So this applies to Nana Pelosi?

Well, thanks! ;-)

Mr. Kwikky's picture

Not if you have contributed to the Obama Foundation /s

phatfawzi's picture

so by your logic hillary should be in jail. 

King of Ruperts Land's picture

The president elect of the Unites States is not an ordinary citizen without authority of the United States.

hoos bin pharteen's picture

While you're at it, ask how many people have been prosecuted and convicted under the Logan Act.

glenlloyd's picture

Yes I'm sure this has gotten a lot of panties in wads.

Unfortunately I don't think any of the people who said they were moving if Trump was elected have left yet...