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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bigkahuna's picture

thats because all those people are full of it  --  all talk  --  all bs

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Notice too that Flynn was not prosecuted under the Logan Act, but merely for lying to the liars of the FBI...just as Martha Stewart was.  Mueller was clutching at straws on this one.  So, moral #1 of the story:  NEVER under any circumstances speak to the FBI.  Assert your constitutional rights and demand that they leave or that you be released.  Moral #2:  sweep this entire mess away by issuing a full and complete presidential pardon to Flynn.  

Pay attention here:  the real snake in the grass is VP Pence.  Whom does HE serve? 

Moe Howard's picture

Good example of a Logan Act crime, Ted "A Bridge Too Far" Kennedy's dealings with Russia [KGB] in the 1980's.

nmewn's picture

There ya go Moe!

A lot of people have forgotten that Ted Kennedy engaged in actual, provable, conspiratorial, "collusion"...with the communist Soviet Union...for the expressed purpose of, preventing Ronaldus Magnus from staying in the Presidency.

The Liberal Lion of the Senate, a traitor...well, go figger ;-)

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"Logan Act 1799"

Ah yes, the Logan Act.  Careful here, champ:  As Im sure you're aware, private citizen Obama has been shadowing the current president in foreign capitals.  Following up official visits w/private ones that look designed to undermine the US.  BHO thus looks like a good candidate to test this law that's almost as old as the Constitution.  He no longer has portfolio and cannot speak for anyone...except his masters.  

Pumpkin's picture

'President elect' is not a private citizen anymore.

Akzed's picture

Who has never been charged under the Logan Act? Everybody.


swmnguy's picture

The Logan Act has nothing to do with any of this.  

The issue here is that Flynn lied to the FBI.  He admits it.  Mueller knows what Flynn lied about and he knows why Flynn lied about it, and his next steps will be to pursue what Flynn was hiding.

Mueller has Manafort, and he has Flynn.  Those were the two obvious weak links.  He also has he has Papadopoulos; a figure of overlooked importance. Next is probably Kushner.  DJT Jr. is more valuable to Mueller free and uncoerced, blabbering on and on and damaging everyone else's case.  President Trump can't say much of anything without contradicting his previous statements.

Mueller isn't pursuing "Russian Interference With The 2016 Election."  He's following the money and the perjured statements.  The wheels of this sort of investigation grind slow, but exceedingly fine.

The importance of Papadopoulos is overlooked because he was a fairly minor player.  He may be analogous to Donald Segretti in the Watergate investigation.  His role was dirty but fairly minimal; but his orders came from the very top.

These guys were idiots for trying to hide the flow of money to organized crime figures globally, and particularly Russian mob guys.  We may find out why Joey Cinque was Trump's New Year's Eve guest at Mar-a-Lago this past year; Cinque being a convicted felon and all. 

The trail Mueller is following may lead him to Felix Sater, which would blow the lid off the whole thing.

Point being, we're much closer to the beginning of this than the end.  Once Mueller is done with the low-hanging fruit, and now he's got the two most obvious ones, that's when this thing will start to get serious.

Lying to the FBI at the very start of an investigation is about the dumbest thing a person can possibly do.  That puts everything on the table, even if one's actual conduct was perfectly lawful.  Trump should have listened to Obama when Obama told him to keep clear of Flynn. 

David19841776's picture

Any Government official who has attended a CFR, Builderberg, or Davos meeting needs to be charged under Logan Act. Trump has not attended any. Mainly Democrats, some Republicans as well. Regular Globalist scumbags 

venturen's picture

you like Obama gave a speeches in europe before his election?

Jim Ludwig's picture

Thank you, Mr. Kwikky. Not sarcasm, simple truth.

"Who owns ABC?" Perfect. Just look at the idiotic groveling, the full frontal exposure of the infection metastasizing through Zero Hedge. You know, that cancer killing humanity.

Throughout shadows of the global debt-based cauldron of Rothschild Central banking, there exists only one answer to any question of ownership of anything worth owning.

The Rothschild Khazarian Mafia.



shovelhead's picture

They're even in your underwear drawer right now.

Eyes Opened's picture

"They're even in your underwear drawer right now."


If they've any sense they ain't in mine... 

I re-cycle...

I'm green...

And mine are brown...

max2205's picture

Ross must be a raging alcoholic....ABC is FAKE news... as all mms and cnbc.


MrSteve's picture

ABC - Alcoholic Beverage Control, that explains it!

jeff montanye's picture

ABC Media Ltd (Daniel Ivandjiiski) – Owns the “controversial financial blog” Zero Hedge. Unrelated to the ABC owned by Walt Disney.

decon's picture

In regards to ZH, the article at that link is somewhat dated (July 2016) which says Dan owns ZH.  Based on the content changes here and other clues I got the impression that Dan had sold ZH but I don't know that for fact.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

ABC Makes "Epic Mistake", Retracts Bombshell Flynn Story

My response: Unbelievable!!!!!! Looks like my earlier assessments were correct when I stated more FAKE NEWS.

More importantly, this is NOT just a simple mistake with NO COST. These MARKETS SWUNG OVER 1 TRILLION IN MARKET CAP!!! THE DOW SANK 400 POINTS in a matter of minutes.


For EXAMPLE, TNA was in the low 70s only to SINK to 64 and change followed by full recovery back to low 70s.

Archibald Buttle's picture

My response: where can i get some of that stuff, GUS1CC?


Archibald Buttle's picture

nah, i got one of those already. i meant what he was smokin'.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

He lets us mouth off in the comments. Daniel Ivandjiiski must have huge steel balls.

bidaskspread's picture

Totally agree, lock all those workers up at the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), that thing churns more BS fake news about employment, personal incomes, inflation, and CPI.

karenm's picture

All by design, no mistake.

Notice how this is released well after markets close, probably to catch the shorts on monday. 

Yes, the system is that corrupt, media is used as an excuse to move markets all the time. When you realize these aren't markets, but wealth extraction devices combined with policy tools, everything else makes sense.

HardlyZero's picture

I just came up with this...F**KED News !   Print it !!

Cloud9.5's picture

While I support your sentiment, there is no authority to determine what is fake and what is real in the mind of a raging mob.  Creating a mechanism to silence discord will in time be used against you.

lil dirtball's picture

> Get the phone book.

Oh, look! Another smarmy ZH0mbie, supporting things he knows nothing about. Because, (((this))) ABC company is better than (((that))) ABC company. And, ZH would never post anything but real and true information - never propaganda. Never.

You ZH0mbies crack me up with you mental gymnastics. Consider, you clueless fucks, that your misplaced loyalties might, just might be the fucking problem.

Jim in MN's picture

LOL arglebargle much?

This site, ranked as a top ten financial news and analysis site by the Wall Street Journal, has broken and/or advanced critical stories such as dark pool and high frequency trading, key commodity and interest rate manipulation, malfeasance and corruption in various places, and 'tail risk' events such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

We combed through the Podesta emails and the Wikileaks document drops.  We serve as a kind of buffer between the actual fringe blogs/reddit/4chan etc. and 'reality' mainly trickling through The Hill, Politico and some other outlets that then get picked up elsewhere.

For instance, it is considered established fact that corruption and election meddling were at the heart of the Clinton campaign, but also that the sexual crimes, pedophilia etc. are only plausible, not proven from any direct source.  Yet.  I still worry if we made the right call on that.

Also the Seth Rich murder and the Weiner laptop files both are of critical importance (as is the Awan investigation).

And that' Cronkite nearly put it....the way it fucking is.

Why don't you help instead of crying?

lil dirtball's picture

> top ten financial news and analysis site by the Wall Street Journal

> as Cronkite nearly put it

Lol ... what a fuckin' toolbox you are.

lil dirtball's picture

> We combed through

WTF is 'we'? Is that a shill-bot in your pocket - or are you really just that much of a ZH0mbie?

mc888's picture

We serve as a kind of buffer between the actual fringe blogs/reddit/4chan etc.

Documentary footage: chanfags deciphering the gospel of Q

TeamDepends's picture

Gig's up, Tyler. Unbelievably, inconceivably, it was Mr. Kwikky who dropped the tent.

tmosley's picture

Based in Bulgaria.


tmosley's picture

McCarthy did nothing wrong.


Mr. Kwikky's picture

Roy Cohn was the traitor, guess who guided Trump?

"Roy Marcus Cohn was an American attorney. During Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigations into Communist activity in the United States during the Second Red Scare, Cohn served as McCarthy's chief counsel and gained special prominence during the Army–McCarthy hearings. "

King of Ruperts Land's picture

We need to look into "Anti-American" activities again.

swmnguy's picture

I'd love to see a definition of "Anti-American."

A real, workable one I mean; not some vague bullshit based on platitudes.

JRobby's picture

Disney you fucking imbecile

jmack's picture

Dont worry, ESPN will make up for ABC's failures..oh wait.

cheech_wizard's picture

Because you're too fucking stupid to do it yourself...

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jeff montanye's picture

first you say you made a joke that was unable to be seen as such.

now you say, again, it's a joke and you label that sarcasm, i.e. not a joke.  

you seem a bit confused.