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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drexlraw's picture

bitch is a lyer her bro

silverer's picture

Hey, can you get that pallet of 100's of millions in cash Obama sent to our dearest ally, Iran? You seem to have a handle on this kind of thing.

swmnguy's picture

That money you refer to was Iran's from the beginning, held in New York City banks by the Shah.  When the Shah was deposed in 1979, the US unlawfully impounded that money and refused to return it to its rightful owners.  Obama merely returned to Iran what had always belonged to Iran, as a condition of the nuclear inspections deal Iran then agreed to.  In effect, Obama was just undoing Carter's criminal action, which was enthusiastically abetted by Reagan and every President since. 

It was in all the papers, though one did have to read pretty closely and continue the jump from the front page to the back pages where the real details were. 

Hata Mari's picture

I agree, but pallets of cash being transferred in the middle of the night in a neutral country made for very poor optics!

Max Cynical's picture

So kinda like what Hillary and Obama are doing right now...shadowing Trump, making speeches condemning America and meeting with foreign leaders?

Shay216420's picture

Sorry snowflake, President Trump ain’t goin anywhere.
Return to your fake news channel .

Cloud9.5's picture

Pulling in your true believers with hyperbolic headlines that have to be retracted is a sure recipe for media empire collapse.

IridiumRebel's picture

This makes my day. What a time to be alive!

Catahoula's picture

The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits—a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.

Hunter S Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 

Automatic Choke's picture

anybody quoting the immortal HST gets an upvote from me, but this is a particularly fitting and poetic quote.  thank you Catahoula.

Proofreder's picture


logged on just to give a greenie

outstanding timing !!!

now where is that salt shaker half-full of Peruvian marching powder ?

tmosley's picture

Remember that he was murdered for the expose he was working on, exposing elite pedophilia.

Clashfan's picture

Or because he was an insider to it, party to it, filmed it for the elite as several victims claimed.

Hata Mari's picture

let's not forget Breitbart .. the same.

Mini-Me's picture

No sane human would watch, listen or read corporate media bullshit.  Too bad sanity is such a rare commodity.

SomebodySpecial's picture

“Sane Humans”...

A current breakdown on the ‘browsers’ people are using to access the internet:

Looks like all the “Sane” people are choosing to use google chrome.

Go figure...

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Yes, well, I spent most of the day balancing on that thin line between morbid curiosity and insanity by watching today's happenings on CNN.  I'll give them a bit of credit and say that most of the commentary was less hysterical than I had expected, but there were a few guests that seemed to be making up facts on the spot (probably so as not to disappoint their loyal viewers).

ZeroLounger's picture

Dems are so desparate to oust Trump, they'll literally do ANYTHING, no matter how absurd to make him look bad.

silverer's picture

They'll even have sex with kids.

MaxThrust's picture

The Democratic Deepstate MSM have been directed to keep banging the drums. If they stop the distraction the indictments begin.

nmewn's picture

There's a major difference between a President-elect and candidate. 

For the progressive moonbats who ejaculated into every potted plant they could find on the "revelation" of this Fake Nuuuz reported by the Alinsky press (ad nauseum), the difference is like, say, the difference between September 2016 and December 2016.

Theres an actual, definitive, identifiable difference and if you can't figure it out you need to up your aroma therapy sessions ;-)

Joebloinvestor's picture

You can bet someone was shitting themselves with that story.

Probably thought they found the holy grail.

Infinite QE's picture

Ross. Irish Catholic?

peippe's picture

classic potato-head syndrome.

still do not know if ABC owns Disney or Disney owns ABC, what difference does it this point? 

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

"still do not know if ABC owns Disney or Disney owns ABC, what difference does it this point?"

The parent company is the one that is known for make-believe stories, excellent costume work, and the ability to profit greatly from selling an experience where its patrons can leave the real world behind.

Sorry, guess that didn't clear it up any, did it?

AbsoluteZero's picture

Don't care who y'are, I tell ya that's some funny shit right there 

Eyes Opened's picture

HEY HEY !!  we don't want him back !! Thats why we deport these donkeys to the US , their idiocy is better diluted in 300 million as opposed to 5 million...

Our IQ went up 10 points ...Your IQ went down 0.1 points  ....

nekcif's picture I believe an SEC investigation is due for the entire ABC news staff if they traded UVXY this morning or made any other short trades.......this should almost fall under insider trading..........Special counsel please :-)

ironmace's picture

Libs are so stupid when it comes to Trump they will beleive anything.

ebworthen's picture

They knew it was wrong before they went with it, so the rest of the MSM could run the story and have the headline.

This is how propaganda works.  All day it's been "Election collusion by Trump with the Russians".

Never-mind there was no collusion and Trump won - they have to stick it to the voter.

They have to control the narrative, and be the source of "truth".

Fake news, witch hunt, crock of bullshit.

RussianSniper's picture

Brian Ross of ABC News is a known child molester and worships Satan.

I heard this on fake news.

Automatic Choke's picture


arby63's picture

This isn't middle school jackoff.

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

LOL, another nail in the coffin for the MSM 'Fake News' tribe bitchez!

sheikurbootie's picture

Does anyone doubt my claim that liberal are fucking retarded?  Seriously, they're fucking retarded.  I knew it was a bullshit story as soon as ABC claimed they had "sources".  That's code for "we're fucking retarded liberals and make shit up".

onwisconsinbadger's picture

Marsha, marsha, marsha. Russia, russia, russia. Drumpf is going to resign. Believe me.

shovelhead's picture


And Hillary, your goddess will become Queen.

Believe me.

Dumpster Elite's picture

Heard this ALL fucking day long on ABC radio news...Trump instructed Flynn to contact the Russians, WHILE HE WAS A CANDIDATE. They made goddamn sure to make sure THAT was highlighted! Nowhere else did I hear or read this. Holy shit! And they wonder why no one believes a thing they report! They just flat out's not even fake news...just lies.

besnook's picture

this is one of the oldest tricks in a yellow journalist's toolbox. print a bombshell false story and when no one is paying attention on friday night issue a correction.

it is almost as bad as asking someone how often they beat their wife.

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

ABC had every intention of getting the story wrong.

It allowed the entire nation to receive fake news from their favorite fake news provider.

KJWqonfo7's picture

You can’t take CNN’s crown away just like that!

American news has become a dumpster fire!!

my new username's picture

A lie is halfway around the world before the truth has its boots on.

my new username's picture

Meanwhile, our AG straightens bananas with his anus.

Scuba Steve's picture

"A Little book of Big Fingers"

Haha, nice.

Stormtrooper's picture

Do I miss all of this mainstream media nonsense by not watching any television???

zpinch's picture

kt mcfarland / kissinger