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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south40_dreams's picture

The mother ship of club disney is the ss karl marx

agNau's picture

Any lawyers out there up for a class action suit against ABC?
Take down a fake news organization.

Uranium Mountain's picture

I wonder if they should also reimburse those that locked in real losses on that dip?

Mustahattu's picture

All joomedia is fake.

arby63's picture

STARVE THE BEAST before it's too late. 

silverer's picture

Screw the mainstream media. They are at war with God and the American people.

SethDavis's picture

I wonder if the ABC reporter that posted the story was long SPX and NDX gamma :-)

homiegot's picture

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! 

FlKeysFisherman's picture

Oy vey with the cheating and the lying and the lying and the cheating (whiny nasal voice).

Zer0head's picture

there was no mistake made, like the fakenews twitterers, tweet bullshit get retweeted 50,000 times - tweet retraction get retweeted 50 times.  Damage done according to plan, just like the fake Tillerson news - these fuckers risk being found guilty of treason if Sessions can ever find that thick brown envelope his controllers claim to have

fishwharf's picture

Just today, and editorial in Eugene, Oregon's mainstream newspaper, the Register Guard, decried the dangers of fake news.  They are concerned about the proliferation of DIY shoestring news operations online.  If the big news organizations would do their jobs and dig out the truth instead of covering it up, there would be no need for people like George Webb.

pigpen's picture

Citizens, time to destroy these advertising business models and use brave browser to do so.

Brave blocks advertising, malware and tracking by DEFAULT on any mobile device and operating system.

Time to put these companies that spread propaganda and censor free thought out of their misery.




haruspicio's picture

does Brave have a Mac version?

pigpen's picture

Haruspicio, yes brave has desktop and mobile versions. I love mobile versions any device and operating system. Try it on fortune or Forbes or Huffington Post - the most egregious advertising and tracking offenders.



Lynn Trainor's picture

I tried Brave browser but when accessing my bookmarks from Bookmarks on the File Menu, the list would not scroll down when I reached the bottom if the list.  I was able to access only the bookmarks showing when the list first appears, none below that as the list wouldn't scroll down.

blindman's picture
Trump’s Russian Laundromat
How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House.
oh my, what to make of it all?

afronaut's picture

Wow I bet CNN would love that scoop. Wonder why even they won't touch that. Even too fake for them?

Reaper's picture

These media are Principles (accomplices), aiding and abetting Hilary's crimes with fake news.

Moribundus's picture

If mainstream says "grass is green", then we need scientific verification = ZERO trust

Yars Revenge's picture

ABC engaged in classic Gordon Gekko market manipulation.

arby63's picture

Trump is hated for only one reason in reality: He's a regular guy with faults. 


Moribundus's picture

NSDAP program, Munich, on 24 February 1920

23, We demand legal opposition to known lies and their promulgation through the press. In order to enable the provision of a German press, we demand, that:

a. All writers and employees of the newspapers appearing in the German language be members of the race;

b. Non-German newspapers be required to have the express permission of the state to be published. They may not be printed in the German language;

c. Non-Germans are forbidden by law any financial interest in German publications or any influence on them and as punishment for violations the closing of such a publication as well as the immediate expulsion from the Reich of the non-German concerned. Publications which are counter to the general good are to be forbidden. We demand legal prosecution of artistic and literary forms which exert a destructive influence on our national life and the closure of organizations opposing the above made demands.

PS: Looks like very old problem

skunzie's picture

So sad, but not surprising.  Our msm is deplorable.  Getting the truth out gets drown out by these commies.  Go for their jugular Donald.  

navy62802's picture

They should focus on sexual assault and harrassment of women. Seems like that's the only thing the MSM is good at.

dsty's picture

I just love Trump.

Making the press come out of the closet.

I love your wife's picture

America's MSM is so fucking Hollywood.  Gone forever.  Alt-media is taking its place.

A1 T's picture

Exactly. Zerohedhe is only news source with any objectively left. Even your Fox news has gone to crap.

Dr. Yzterbaard's picture

COrrection: The COMMENTS on ZH is where the real insight lies. Keep it up.

Whodathunkit's picture

I'm a woman and that man pinched my ass once. Should get him fired. He looks lovely or a pervert

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

OBAMA AS CANDIDATEObama embarked on a foreign trip as a candidate (i.e. before the vote), meeting face-to-face with leaders such as Afghan President Hamid Karzai, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert...

TRUMP AS PRESIDENT-ELECT: Flynn after the election contacted a Russian official at behest of Trump's son-in-law...

If anyone potentially colluded with foreigners to impact an election, it was Obama.

Hell, in the latest election, Obama illegally mis-used US intel resources to spy on Trump in an effort to throw the election to Hillary. It is Obama, not Trump, who needs to be investigated/prosecuted.

A1 T's picture

THIs is exactly why MSM is quickly being replaced by such news sources as ZEROHEDHE. 

A1 T's picture

THIs is exactly why MSM is quickly being replaced by such news sources as ZEROHEDHE. 

Bernie Madolf's picture

Lol how they dump the retraction on Friday evening

This is when 'real' news is buried

Someone should get buttreamed by the SEC but they are too busy after upgrading to pornhub premium

consider me gone's picture

3D hologram clusterfucks. If someone could please reestsblish some semblance of a functioning reality, I would be grateful.

aardvarkk's picture

These are the guys that get all pissed when someone calls them Fake News, right?

bh2's picture

"that had one source making an astonishing allegation"

Yes. That's why actual journalists require three independent sources. And morons don't bother.

This "clarification" was a retraction, just as Comey's "matter" was actually an investigation.

bardot63's picture

Speaking as a former investigative reporter for 30 years, having one source, two sources, three sources or ten sources does not matter.  Sources are good for only one thing, providing hard evidence -- handing over documents, photos, or providing on-the-record witnesses -- hard proof to make the story.  The 'two source' bullshit began with Watergate, when Ben Bradlee at WaPo demanded Woodwood and Bernstein come up with a second source on one of their stories. But you have to know if your 'two sources' are talking to each other and confirming for each other, which turned out to be the case on some stories about Watergate.   Using sources is bullshit.  The story was bullshit from the git.  Any story from any news org that relies solely on an unnamed source is shit journalism.  Your clue is copy that says "sources say."

Anteater's picture

Sources say among the Republican majority in Congress, that the

new $T deficit tax cuts will MAGA USA back to the Garden of Eden,

restore hair growth on balding judges, and we"'re never gonna die!

"We're just so excited to get these tax cuts signed for the 'American

People' (sic), so we can loot their MC/SS Trust Funds to pay for it all!"

Whitehouse spox, speaking on condition of anonymity.

PPV Internet in 3...2...

bardot63's picture

What's your point, fuckhead?

Solomonpal's picture

Confessing to being a homo

motoXdude's picture

Oh now... yesterday, today, tomorrow... does it really matter to MSM?   It's the "spirit" of journalism, not the foundations.   Why are you all so hard on these wonderful MSM "Professionals" who merely live off-of the efforts of others?  Oh... doesn't government do the exact same?  I guess I must be rambling... too many gin and tonics for me tonight!  Perhaps tomorrow will bring some needed clarity!  NOT!

johnwburns's picture

In such a hurry for the kill shot they tripped on a wrinkle in the carpet and fractured their skulls. 

bardot63's picture

Brian Ross, successfully sued by Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton for libel, when Ross reported Newton had mob ties.    Brian Ross, who identified the wrong guy as a mass shooter because he was on a  list of Tea Party names.   Limbaugh predicted today that ABC's Brian Ross story was bullshit.  Brian Ross is a sad joke.  Look for Ross to be on the list of perv's fired for being a shit.  Look for Limbaugh to say I told you so on Monday.

LadyAtZero's picture

My guess is that the guys above him, in top management,  simply tell him what to say.

Extra Oink's picture

Trump doesn't do "tirades"... he's just got big balls.

Anteater's picture

Trump does all his Twiddle tirades on his 24kt toilet bowl,

squeezing out a KFC fat one, while two SS agents wait to 

flush the Royal Effleuvium, then bmob the room with Glade.


All joking aside, WTF would anyone believe anything coming

out of the mouth of a serial bunko artist with a 24kt toilet??

IridiumRebel's picture

You’re drunk.
Judging by your misspellings you intended your ZH handle to be Shiteater.
I won’t read any response. I’ve had enough cunt tonight.

Solomonpal's picture

Nick pee me and ant eater...are you a breeding pair? What do your offspring look like? are they retarded like you?

Robert A. Heinlein's picture

The liberal mind: I don't give a fuck.  Trump is guilt and should be impeached.  It's not fair. I wanted the clinton (bitch) to win.

Well, there ya go.  Liberalizm is a fucking full blown mental desease.  Castration and spaying is a good start to helping with their mental desease and state of mind. And mine.