ABC Makes "Epic Mistake", Retracts Bombshell Flynn Story

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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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Wilcox1's picture

No need for OUR Prez to say a word: The cacklephony of the leftist neocolonial warmongering globalist libtard fauxsocialist neocon democrap sjw pussyhat identitypolitic fakenewsloving barnyard rises at dawn and falls at sunset. Same thing every day. But there they will be. Walking in shit and loving it. Fuck 'em. Stay there. You could pull the fences up and they would still stay there. Predictable as sunrise and black as the darkest night.

CashMcCall's picture

Drive-by Media... Drive by Trump Administration

Riquin's picture

Market manipulation at its best!!!  Where is the FTC ? Sleeping?

Sensei CP3's picture

Fucking brian ross probably cashed in on friday big time

LiberateUS's picture

Gee, I wonder whose cock Ross is sucking?.

tnuctipun's picture

whoever, I'll bet it's 'uncircumcised'  Wink Wink.....

Never One Roach's picture

Bra=ian Ross --  another assinine Libtard from a Fake News media, ABC (All Bull Crap).

PitBullsRule's picture

The Pussy Grabber seems to headed for a fall.


Maybe if you say "libtard' more often?


just the tip's picture

just because a couple of us passed your wife around a couple of times, in a former life, you just can't seem to let it go.  can you?

Rache Fuhrer's picture

I hate to break it to you, but if you don't grab that pussy when she lets you, then YOU are the pussy.

Libtard pussy

Sambo's picture

F Off CNN. You can take your fake media and shove it up you know where. 

I am Groot's picture

When ABC's, MSNBC and CNN's server farms burn down to the ground, we can blame Saudi terrorists and some airplanes.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

More Media Matters for Morons. These guys are so far off of seeking truth and reporting on it that it's just disgraceful. QE has given us a class divide that will never be bridged as long as liberal media continues down the class warfare route. 

Spurs's picture

While ABC news was hitting the waves I was on the roof fixing Irma's damage. At one point I went down for a coffee break and to check the computer screen. When I saw VIX shooting up, I jumped like a Pavlov's dog and shorted VXX without bothering to find out what was going on. I went back to finish the roofing job but made sure to be back from roof at 3:45 to cover my shorts.


Thank you ABC for this Holiday Gift. Keep it up. It works just fine for me. I hear some people, unfortunately, ended up like that other Russian dog, Layka.  

SWE_Misanthrope's picture

ZH and the trumpers are now friendly with the msm.


that means they are my enemy.

south40_dreams's picture

Thanks to Slappy Sotero and his gang of terrorists, its now legal to kill white women in San Francisco. I’m praying for the BIG one

Grandad Grumps's picture

Blah, blah, blah ... if you don't believe this is all planned to go exactly as the fake drama is being played out,then you are not paying attention.

Jethro's picture

So, ABC issues a statement, and not an apology?  The entire staff of ABC news needs to commit seppuku.

Rolln's picture

When is Trump gonna retract just about everything that comes out of his mouth. lol

There's picture

The only one with any credability or one to believe is the person who has a long standing reputation as a serial liar and convicted purgerer.  So many Russians, so many denials, so many lies, so many retractions , so many omittions.  So many loan refusals by American banks. Stories and statements changed so many times when caught.

This President and Administration expects us to go through the Lying Glass for their self dealing benefit.

Drop-Hammer's picture

Man, the Hebes at ABC sure make a lot of 'epic mistakes' when it comes to President Trump.  One might be inclined to believe that it is done on purpose.