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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YourAverageJoe's picture

Its alway that way with this fool.

Intelligent discourse is proceding nicely and then the NickPeeMe comes rising up, like the fart on a crowded elevator, to fuck shit up for all.

Its all losers like him have in life, to keep living for the thrill of recieving downvotes and fuckyou's like this one.

I'll bet he kicks his dog every spare moment.

Notice he usually gets 2 from himself and the other from his alternate handle here.

Dr. Bonzo's picture

Who in their right mind still watches these goddamned clowns? WHO? Did you guys catch the story about half empty Dallas-Washington game? I wasn't laughing at the story... I was wondering who the FUCK in their right mind still goes to NFL games. Stadiums shouldn't be half-full... they should be completely empty. All of them. Deserted. Basta. Kill them off. People still cant get their priorities straight......

Who are the goddamned simpletons keeping these fuckers afloat? STOP patronizing their businesses and they fold. Thats it. Game Set Match. Stop watching their channels. Stop going to their games. Stop purchasing their products. Kill them off.

Tune out the mainstream. Kill them off.

FoggyWorld's picture

You are preaching to the choir here.  

It's the overall public who seem willing to continue to follow the MSM news.

africoman's picture

From now on the MSM spin will be full of Flynn and contradicts each other as they want to confuse the mass and convince justice has been made.

The guy was a man enough to stand against the den of vipers in the deep state.They struck him down while that Lying former FBI director Comey got away.

Lord Raglan's picture

What everyone is missing (or idiots anyway) is that there is NOTHING wrong with a transition team person of a newly elected president contacting a foreign sovereign.  This is the whole farce of the Left:  That merely "contacting" Russia after or even before the election is some sort of crime.  

Trump is wonderful in exposing what idiots the Left are.  They are as stupid at the KKK in the 1960s if not worse.  

NickPeeMe's picture

Says the ZH resident Talking vagina legal expert. I am so sure your going to be on Trumps legal team as you are so fucking smart...LOL

incharge1976's picture

Not to be a word nazi, but you're using the wrong version of "your" in your post and calling someone else stupid. 

Life comes at you fast. 

Vageling's picture

Take the piss from your mouth first before speaking, golden shower boy. And stop being envious. Mommy told you you were so special, no? Yet you can't figure out why you're (not your) so special. And here you are, being confused. Clown. Let me shed a light. You're (not your) a special kind of stupid. Nothing to write home about although mommy still thinks you're (not your) special. Fucking troll. 

Lord Raglan's picture

Research the United States Code (USC) buffo. 

There is no crime for a transition team member of a duly elected president contacting a foreign sovereign.  Cite the federal Criminal Code provision supporting what you say before you roll around on the ground throwing a tantrum like an epileptic child.  

Give us the citation to the US Code.  Please.  We are waiting for you and Wolf Blitzer and Don Lemon and Rachel Madcow and Joe Scarborough to cite the law to us.  We are waiting..............

And quite upvoting yourself on every one of your posts..........

OutWithLibs's picture

Liberal hack.... Nuff said

Spitball's picture

Hey it's StickPeeWee the blog warrior!

When your boyfriends down blowing your raisin, do you 2 discuss your postings on Zerohedge?

Your lack of intelligence is always worth a laugh.

Dratpmurt's picture

Which is why Flynn is signing like a canary and shit for brains trump has been so quiet.

Lord Raglan's picture

He is pleading guilty for several reasons. 

They would charge him with all kinds of things so that he'd be looking at 1,000 years in prison.  This is the tactic of the vicious Leftist Justice Dept.  This is how the Justice Dept. has evolved over the last 20 years.  It isn't about doing "the right thing" but winning and destroying people.  Stalinist tactics.  

Flynn also got sick of paying lawyers.

Why should Trump say anything?  This has nothing to do with him.  Trump didn't lie to a federal investigator who already had a tape recording of what Flynn said to the Russian Ambassador.  

Get some facts before you shoot your dumb mouth off.  



FoggyWorld's picture

I don't think he "got sick of paying lawyers."  Flynn is not a wealthy man and just would have bankrupted his family if this kept on.  And Mueller apparetly was threatening to go after Flynn's son and that was where Flyn drew the line.

He was facing around 20 top flight lawyers being paid for by our tax dollars and to fight that would really have been futile.

Mueller is abusing his role to investigate the so called Russian interference BEFORE the election and there is no one willing to stand up to him as he will go through as many lives as he can ruin.


And now an update:  The Flynn's house has been put on the market and the listing can be seen at the Daily Mail in the UK.  Appears he genuinely was tapped out.

JasperEllings's picture

If these hacks are "top flight lawyers", Lavrentiy Beria was a Russian Sherlock Holmes.


JasperEllings's picture

Somebody call Lyin Ross with this fake new tip from Dratpmurt: "Trump has been so quiet."

Even your leftist butt buddies wouldn't try to sell that tripe.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

KKK IS / WAS left. Senator Robert Byrd. Read.

fbazzrea's picture

honestly... i'm so pleased Ross did his dirty deed. it allowed me to bail on an underwater VIX position. almost caught it at the top of the bump. lol

Vageling's picture

Another dude sucked shit out of his thumb. Is this new? Are we surprised? These muppets who are called whorenalist get trolled all the time. Fact checking? Wuz da? 

I can claim aliens abducted me and raped me because they shoved a anal probe up my but and it will be front page news. Fuck, I can even troll them I came back from the death. They'll write all I say and a lot more - fantasy running wild with these guys - and simply sell it as... Whorenalism. All it is. He said, she said, that muppet said... Proof? Who needs prove nowadays. 

Ace006's picture

It is not necessary to use gastrointestinal imagery to make your point.

incharge1976's picture

No such thing as a mistake. The original bullshit news that Trump ordered him will be heard by everyone and their bullshit retraction heard by few. 

ThePhantom's picture

seriously next its gunna be war.... what the fuck are these assholes doing?

Casey Stengel's picture

The loud announcement and a quiet "clarification" was the beginning of my awakening. Back in 09 economic numbers would be released with great fanfare and then every week they would quietly be revised lower. One day a light switched on in my head and I've never looked back. Nothing has changed. This is a calculated plan.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

The guys on CNBC must be so tired from all the dik suking on obama. Steve Liesman and John Harwood must be heart broker at this point.

incharge1976's picture

Senate passed the tax bill

Dratpmurt's picture

Thank god Trump is getting his billion dollar tax break. I plan on spending my extra $70 paying for two hours of healthcare insurance.

SummerSausage's picture

You haven't paid taxes ini years. You're a parasite, not a producer.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Theater for the weak minded.

pparalegal's picture

Hillary Clinton, check. DNC, check. CNN, check. NBC, check. MSNBC, check. PBS, check. Megyn Kelly, check. Nancy Pelosi, check. ABC, check.  Hope and more hope springs eternal, as they fall face first into another mud puddle.

Harry Lightning's picture

My God, the lawsuits over this will be monumental. There were millions of dollars lost in financial markets on Friday morning when this story came out. Now that it turns out to be fake news, there is an entire class of investors who certainly have claim against ABC News. That also ties into the Disney company as they own ABC. 

What ABC did - rushing to report their dreams instead of the actual news, needs to be punished in the harshest ways. There are a plethora of laws governing securities transctions in the US that seek to instill confidence, transparency and honesty into the process of investment. What companies can and cannot say is tightly regulated so as to prevent rumor and deliberate manipulation of information from affecting stock prices. ABC violated a number of these statutes with its incompetence, if not wilful disseination of information it knew or should have known to be wrong.

The US needs a bellweather case where one of the news organizations is sued to the balls for lying, and this seems like it has the bass for such a suit. These lying sons of bitches in the main stream media have to be taught a lesson, and the only way they will learen is if it hits them really hard in the checkbook. Let's see how fast news organizations are willing to disseinate fake news if they know it will cost them a few biillion dollars for doing so.

Ikiru's picture

Perhaps Judicial Watch will pounce on this opportunity to sue the living shit out of Disney/ABC. These assholes do need to be shown there are consequences for their lies. But I do think this might have been the best thing to happen for Trump and the bullshit Russia election story. The story about this LIE is going to be WAY bigger than the original story, because Trump won’t let them live this one down. In fact, he should have a big press conference about it so the news stations have to cover it. In their desperation to keep the narrative going, they went too far and the blowback is going to burn like hell.

Dratpmurt's picture

All they have to do is catch him in a crime. It doesn't have to have anything to do with rigging the election or Russians.  Did he get a blowjob behind his wife's back and lie to the press about it? Maybe not but you get the picture. Stop being so naive as to believe this isn't how politics is done in Washington. With enough investigation we are  all guilty of something. Trump is toast and Mike Pence is going to be your new love child. Before you get your panties in a knot about my being a liberal Hillary Supporter, ask yourself how is it that Mike Pence makes anything better for liberals?  It won't in fact he will more than likely be even worse than Trump as he is much more disciplined then the senile Trump. The Dems need Trump in there for the mid terms, he is all they got going for them.

Ace006's picture

Good comment. You are clearly ready to cross over to the dark side. Soon you will sleep in your new MAGA hat.

Ignacous Pugnacious's picture

Another worm has begun to squirm.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

I fear we are so close to bullets and blood. People are still viewing it as a game over money. No.

Blue Steel 309's picture

I can think of at least 4 federal statutes this violates with criminal penalties. Is Trump man enough to prosecute, or is he still pretending the DOJ is "independent" contrary to all constitutional language and history.

Sudden Debt's picture

Do Americans reallize what it means to be the laughing stock of the world?

Every day of the week?

Infinite QE's picture

Yes, but the global population, no matter where they are, are under the total domination of the talmudic forces. So, at least we still have freedom speech, as long as it will last.

Ace006's picture

Laughing stock of the third world. The other Western countries are too busy destroying themselves and groveling before Muslims and Africans to have anything to say about our resident psychopaths and perverts.

whatisthat's picture

I would observe this post calls out another incident of fake news from the moron corrupt media.

RealityCheque's picture

Well played you useless cunts.

Anyone with half a brain could see the contact dates and realise that DT was president-elect at the time of the order. But somehow the 4th Estate didnt?!

Or they wanted to fling some shit, like the demented simians that they are.

djcando's picture

I'm not sure you could find half a brain if you had 5 or 6 voters present.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Lesson of the day. Unless it's verified by several sources, do not trust, or use any USSA, MSM as a source. Trust in MSM journalism is dead. Accuracy in reporting is dead. The USSA is a corrupt cesspit of crooks, corporate thieves, banking criminals, imperialist murderers, media liars, media whores, media propagandists and a POX on the world. 

All the USSA elite does is marches around the world, plundering, stealing, imposing their own crooked banking structures on the poor and most vulnerable, while maintaining the facade as a source of hope, freedom and dumbocracy to the world.  The USSA is the definition of Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics. A nation where paedophilia within the organs of government is the norm. What has the U.S.A become?

Mr Drysdale's picture

..."A nation where paedophilia within the organs of government is the norm. What has the U.S.A become?"

Sadly, everything our Great,Great Grandparents hated in Europe, and left behind. (for a time)

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Epic nothingburger. Mueller's unlimited finances broke him financially and he pled to lying to the FBI. Not good, but I'm sure there's a lot more of that on Muellers' team who leak to the press every day. It's their system of coordinating with the MSM and it's certainly not legal. 

Comey actually passed on bringing charges because he, himself thought it was something other than willful lying to the FBI. 

It occured after the election when ALL newly elected presidents reach out to ALL countries as a routine as they prepare to move to the White House. 

Unfortunately ABC's defense for this will probably be that "honest mistakes are made" when in fact it was purposeful deceit and coordination between all news organizations with one common goal. To destroy Trump.

There STILL is NO evidence of Russia collusion, and Mueller rides on, spending massive amounts of taxpayer money, while his Stalinesque tactics (destroying Flynn), legal reach, (where's the Russia collusion), incredibly poor performance (lying to the FBI, 30 year old tax records, bashing peoples doors in at 5AM, go unabated. Something people should really be concerned with. What makes you think that your politics won't drive this to happen at your house?  This is not the rule of law as it was intended. It's a perversion for political gain. He's a hack. 

toocrazy2yoo's picture

Contrived, all of it. I WANT my President in touch with the Russians. This is all still Hillary and the Democrats and the Jews at war with us. The raping Jewish perverts got caught and so they did this with Flynn at the moment of peak media attention to Democrat Jewish Operational/Sexual spinout. It's a distraction this Flynn stuuff, hoping we'll forget the perversions of Democrats and Jews on Capitol Hill, show-bizz and Hollywood and NYC Jews. Every single one of them is a Jew. Ok, ok, so Spacey, but he's a product of the Jews, a boy-raping Goy homosexual. The rest? JEWS. Every. Single. One of them. And THEY, through the media WE, like idiots, handed over to them, define what is "right" for us for god damned near 50 years now. Mother fuckers. So fuck them. Jew-creeps. I don't want to hear about the holocaust, the gas chambers, the camps, ANYMORE. They ruined my country for their own perversions AFTER we saved their asses.So fuck them.

Did I mention FUCK THEM?

truthalwayswinsout's picture



And it is certainly not illegal after you are elected to reach out to the Russians.

Don't forget our half-breed Muslim nigger president got significant aid from the Chinese and even the left wing parties in Germany while he was a candidate.

Just like Martha Stewart you are only in trouble if you lie to the FBI.


BigCumulusClouds's picture

There is the nonenforced Logan Act, which Clinton, Bush, and Obama violated before they became President.