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

it's all about confusion these days /s

KimAsa's picture

WHen found to be wrong, pretend you were joking. Good one, dummy.

HRClinton's picture

Well, that explains it.  Damn Canucks!  Eh.



house biscuit's picture

And that means exactly what in plain English, professor?

83_vf_1100_c's picture

Seriously? You won the award for most stupid of the day. Go drink yourself into a coma.

Mr. Kwikky's picture

I did and I resurrected...Sieg Heil!

Eyes Opened's picture

Read his bio... it explains a lot...  lol

Mr. Kwikky's picture

I know ignorance is bliss, but I still love you guys.


Member for
7 years 7 weeks congrats! Lucky number 7 showing up again...
GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Incorrect, kwikky.  ABC News is owned by Disney.  ABC Media LTD has no connection to ABC news.  Get a life.

house biscuit's picture

Gunny, your reply is beside the point.

The obvious question, what is known about ABC Media LTD?

Because a shallow googling reveals very little.....

new game's picture

owned by a shell company which lists assets as: chain link fenced area with admitt gate.

yogibear's picture

ABC is run by ultra liberals. 

Consider those that run media sewer pipes.

pippi68's picture

ABC Media LTD was a company in Bulgaria since the original Tyler is from there. Now it appears to be registered in Onterio Canada. It doesn't seem to have any affiliation wtih ABC News Corp. Zerohedge has its factual problems but it does not seemed to be owned by any of the USA's fake news organizations.

BobEore's picture

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

Is it any wonder that the desperate battle for hearts n minds, between the competing 'alt' and 'msm' flavors of the ONEMEDIA...

all on account of milking subscribers for their 'value' to the advertising clientele... should result in the trust of their intended victims falling offa cliff?

Now this side, now that side... tit for tat, all TO HIDE...

the underlying truth behind the soap opera sold as Russiagate.

Just like one dirty shirt cannot make another shirt clean... the decrepit state of journalism... in BOTH it's old print... and new "internet" forms, has resulted in a fake news tsunami all designed to hide the ongoing embezzlement of the remaining residue of Merikan wealth and power - into the hands of 'swamp drainers' with dual passports and a mandate to use their control over ALL channels of communication to mindwipe readers of all partisan factions!

all FAKE - ALL THE TIME. You can't make Flynn cleaner... by trading agit-prop news feeds with your msm opponents dudes.

This one ain't goin away. Flynn sold his soul to the jihadist TURCO-SRAELI foreign lobby ...for a mess o cash.
Now ... back to the fake news diversions, designed to cover up... the simple truth.
Scrubadub dub!

SoDamnMad's picture

Classic"Moskirovka".  Throw out a fake story and have it spread to so many people to build their anger and then silently retract it on page 60 next to the "power tools for sale" ad.  The Russians has taught ABC well.

Blue Steel 309's picture

joo media is going to joo. It is just what they do.

MoreFreedom's picture

The observant among us, knew long ago the MSM produces propaganda.  Like businesses capture the regulatory agencies, the government long ago captured the MSM.  They did it with licensing, controlling access to politicians, pollitical advertising buys (any good newspaper employee will tell you they don't bite the hand that feeds them), and offers of overpaid PR/speechwriting/spokesman/communications jobs in government or for politicians.

IH8OBAMA's picture

ABC challenges CNN as FAKE NEWS leader!


Jim in MN's picture


We are convinced that there are no insurmountable obstacles to the preservation and consolidation of peace.

For the sake of this goal we are ready, for our part, to continue efforts to solve such a pressing problem as disarmament, to settle the German issue through the earliest conclusion of a peace treaty and to reach agreement on other questions, the solution of which could bring about an easing and improvement of the entire international situation.

--Nikita Kruschev to President-ELECT Kennedy, November 9, 1960

lasvegaspersona's picture

Maybe... but growing up in the 50s the one image I have is Nikita pounding his shoe on the table at the UN and shouting 'we will bury you'!

zimboe's picture

The correct translation of Krushchev's idiomatic remark  in context is not "We will kill you", But rather "We will attend your funeral."

I.E. We don't need to destroy you, you will do that yourselves.


And here we are in Bizzaro Land.

trailer park boys's picture

The Soviet Union was truly scary then - a global power, nuclear armed, spouting communist ideology. I too remember Kruschev pounding his shoe on the table at the UN, and I remember ducking under my school desk during nuclear attack drills. The Russia of today is a mere shadow of the old USSR - soldiers in only 2 countries. No blue water navy. A tiny economy. Yet the establishment and their media keep conflating the old Soviet Union with today's Russia. They are desperate to keep the bogeyman alive.

house biscuit's picture

My,'s almost as if the Soviet Union was intended to be scary.....

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Indeed, the whole MSM tribe needs to be fumigated!

King of Ruperts Land's picture

The Chinese have a gay spray. We could start with that.

house biscuit's picture spray was 1980s

Now they're on tranny kid spray

Eyes Opened's picture

And tanning booths are banned... cultural misappropriation doncha know... where's me sunblock ???

Ignacous Pugnacious's picture

Give it time...the outed men will turn over on all the leading female anchors for their coke & meth habits at the journalist orgies.

MoreFreedom's picture

The simple, legal, and non-violent approach is to quit watching or clicking on biased MSM channels/links, and to boycott their advertisers.   That's all it takes to put them out of business. 

It also helps to continue embarassing them by laughing at and continuing to remind everyone (especially them) of their biased actions and propaganda.

Chupacabra-322's picture

John Swinton New York Journalist at a Banquet

"...The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of "rich men" behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

Presstitute’s. Gas Lighting Presstitute’s.

vato poco's picture

"ABC news can now exclusively report that Hillary Clinton is, in fact, a devil-worshiping, baby-murdering, treasonous lesbian!!" 

"wait a moment ... I'm getting something from my producer in my earpiece ..."

Scuba Steve's picture

"and she is still up 12 points in election results ..."

WillyGroper's picture

i hope it's justin bieber.

vulcanraven's picture

We have the ultimate troll as president, they are tripping over themselves for any reason to smear him and end up eating their own shit EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

It's truly beautiful, best timeline is best.

Enceladus's picture

Its all beautifully designed and orchestrated 

vulcanraven's picture

It's all about life's simple pleasures from here on out. Enjoy the decline, preferably with your favorite libation in hand.

chubbar's picture

These people are the biggest fucking assholes ever. How the fuck do they live with themselves and how do their significant others not leave them for being the assholes that they are? It's mind boggling!

Scuba Steve's picture

Because their significant others are cock-hating feminazi's that have cucked out the likes of Brian Ross and John Harwood ...

kochevnik's picture

Asshole attracted to Jew toilet paper debt notes.  True love 

Max Cynical's picture

They may be correcting the record...but let's be clear, that wasn't a "mistake".

4 wheel drift's picture

Tell me again the definiton of mother fuckers ?

Yeah...   i thought so....

Mother Fuckers...   lololilololol indeed

War and Fleece's picture

Yeah.... Or someone was gonna lose their job for reporting this?

Or the libs were so desperate to oust Donny that they exaggerated his misdoings?

Fucking snowflakes. Gonna be a wet winter with all this melting water...

Ignacous Pugnacious's picture

Gotta hand it to the Dems, when they fuck up and conjure a conspiracy they set new standards. Look how long the media's been projecting that Swiss-cheese fallacy. It's great to see the MSM working the wrong direction, decimating their already ultra-marginal credibility (on local-color stories, that is).

Saucy-Jack's picture

It's called a barium meal.

Counter-intel. Feed bad info to different sources with slightly different wording and find who leakers are.

Two fold win: You find leakers and you make news organizations look stupid.

The whole FlynnGate is this. An elaborate counter-intel program to drain the swamp.

Nicely played DJT!