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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j0nx's picture

Who lost money yesterday? Anyone thinking of setting a class action lawsuit on ABC with a request for ABC exec portfolio investigation to see which of them went short before their fake news came out?

Eyes Opened's picture

Anyone using ABC to inform their investment decisions DESERVES to lose their balls....   just sayin....




Except ABC LTD owners of ZH ....  Mr. Kwikky ??? ......   lol

Jack Daniels Esq's picture

Its time Herr Mueller went under the bus, along with America's own homosexual halfbreed LBGT snakeoil salesman from Indo/Paki/Kenya, plus das Hildabeast - or is Jeff Sessions a closet-pussy aka swamp-rat turncoat - time for Ttrump to troll the DOJ/FBI ... there is much work to do, homies



halcyon's picture

Not by mistake, but by design.

People get triggered by the initial headline.

Only a few pay attention to the redaction.

This is a coordinated full on effort to oust Trump, not some petty mistake.

It will not stop at this.


Sanity Bear's picture

So after he was elected President he told the guy who was going to be dealing with Russia to deal with Russia.


Howabout we make a deal with the reporters that anytime they put out a major story that affects national politics and turns out to be completely false on its major allegations, the reporter commits ritual suicide (assisted by the public as necessary) in order to redeem the honor of the profession?

Jim in MN's picture

How about any news headline that ends in a colon and the word 'Report' just be immediately shitcanned.


Enceladus's picture

Both call it fakipukki but to keep you from screaming they stick a copy of the NYT or WApo in your face

SoDamnMad's picture

Baseball bat multiple strikes to the knees and shoulders so they can't walk or wipe their own asses.

Eyes Opened's picture

The IRA used to shoot their enemies in the BACK of the knees... blowing out the kneepads.... try walkin after THAT ....

Ignacous Pugnacious's picture

Forced intimacy with HRC

in a clown suit


Eyes Opened's picture

That would be embarrassing .... having to wear that suit....   lol

Fish Gone Bad's picture

That seems a bit much.  How about everyone who read the story gets to soundly kick the writer in the balls?  (rochambeau)

nmewn's picture

Well, it was Brian Ross after know...its like a Tea Party guy shooting up a movie theater in Colorado (that was untrue) and President-elect Trump's National Security Adviser speaking to a foreign dignitary...its basically the same Brians head ;-)

Demologos's picture

Yeah Brian Ross has been doing fake news for a very long time. He was part of an operation to destroy political associates of mine along with another reporter named Pat ("Fat") Lynch about 30 years ago. I was trying to remember his name the other day and this article just refreshed my memory.

Those two did a half-hour nationally televised "expose'" on how my friends were making the cats of their political opponents disappear and/or torturing them. They even showed interviews of tearful victims telling how their cats went missing. Like the Trump Russia bullshit today, they had nothing on my friends so they cooked up the Great Gone Gato caper. I'm not making this up.

Demologos's picture

Don't know if they were really missing or just a couple of houses down the street where the food was better.

My political associates did get a judge to order a search of VP Bush 41's office safe a few years later though. Former head of the CIA was using the news media to railroad my friends who were getting too close to exposing his role in the Iran-Contra drugs for guns operation. Out of the loop indeed.

Buster Cherry's picture

I'd be satisfied with public corporal punishment, cat o' nine tails style...

Ignacous Pugnacious's picture

Yeah, bring out all of Hillary's and Lauer's dungeon props.

zimboe's picture

Rope, tree, journalist.

Some assembly required.



Oh dear, my ass has fallen off again.

Hand me that tube of Superglue, would ya?

Fviia's picture

Flynn should sue ABC so he can keep his house.  ABC is a poor choice for news.

rejected's picture

I think they own Zerohedge...

Citium's picture

They most certainly do... 

nmewn's picture

lol...and no, not my downie.

chunga's picture

One of them was from me. Now would be a good time for the maverick outsider to drop the gloves.

nmewn's picture

I think McCain already

chunga's picture

ABC, CNC, etc. are just moar 3 letter agencies and part and parcel of the onslaught. Chins are sticking out eveywhere, throw some haymakers!

Enceladus's picture

The head of CNN NBC in a yacht with three dead underage trannies would be a good start 

Ignacous Pugnacious's picture

Indeed, if there ever was a time for conservatives to enlist Demo tactics it is now, during the pervert hunt. Shame that party out of existence.

Citium's picture

They most certainly do... 


Edit: why so many thumbs down? Do all the new big government trump supporters not realize that the fake news owns zerohedge? 

Bernie Madolf's picture

Aye laddie but we can still read through and call out bs freely here

Hence all the thumbs down for you sir

Super Sleuth's picture
So what’s wrong with making contacts with the Russians?



Buster Cherry's picture


But watching the daily blowback that coating the faces of the communist progs is getting more enteraining by the day.

swmnguy's picture

There's nothing wrong with making contact with the Russians.  Particularly after the election, when Mr. Trump was President-Elect Trump.

The problem is that Flynn lied about it to the FBI when asked about it.  The question is why he lied about that, and also about his work for a foreign government (Turkey), and why Manafort lied about his work for Russian-allied Ukrainian political figures.

That's what Mueller is pursuing; whatever it was that Flynn and Manafort were trying to hide.  It may have to do with Felix Sater, who promised Trump's attorney in writing in 2015 that he (Sater) could get Russian help for Trump's election, and for Trump's business deals in Russia.  Sater bragged about his contacts in Russian organized crime and Putin's circle of advisors.

That's what Mueller is digging into.  What was Flynn trying to hide on Trump's behalf.  Next in Mueller's sights is probably Kushner.

Eyes Opened's picture


"So what’s wrong with making contacts with the Russians?"

Duh... they're Russian ??   LOL ..

GoldHermit's picture

ABC = All Bullshit Channel

Dr. Acula's picture

Even a president-elect can't disrupt a sitting president's foreign policy without violating the Logan Act.

Sorry Trumptards.

nmewn's picture

You did happen to note that Flynn was not charged with a violation of the Logan Act right?

Teamtc321's picture

The Libtard missed that fine point........... AS MOST do.....

Ignacous Pugnacious's picture

Millions on Mueller to catch J walkers. Lying to liars, the FBI, which exploited a trash dossier.

IH8OBAMA's picture

It's not the contact that matters, dumbass.  It's the interference with U.S. policy that would matter.  Otherwise Obama's upcoming visit with Xi would also be a criminal act since Obama is just a U.S. citizen now.  As would the contact to setup said meeting.


francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

"since Obama is just a U.S. citizen now."

When did that happen?

Billy the Poet's picture

Even a president-elect can't disrupt a sitting president's foreign policy without violating the Logan Act.

Sorry Trumptards.


So Obama's intention was to sanction Russia, a nuclear power, in the hope that they would retaliate against the United States and Flynn screwed that up by asking them to remain calm. is that the problem?

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Buster Cherry's picture

Nice job of jacking up Zuckerburg's sister on the plane there dude!