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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SummerSausage's picture

And Obama is violating right now.  He's a private citizen trying to run a shadow government meeting with the same leaders Trump met with in Asia last month.

SummerSausage's picture

Obama met with heads of state in Europe as a candidate to try to give himself an image of having foreign policy chops.

He's meeting with heads of state now - including China - in violation of the Logan Act.  Arrest the bastard.

Rex Andrus's picture

Everybody knows he's a loser. Let him humiliate himself. Besides,he's outing the rest of the criminals in politics. It's Eric Holder, Luis Freeh, John Kerry and the rest of the Clinton mafia we need to incarcerate.

Here's his treasonous accomplice Jerry Brown robbing Americans and violating the Logan Act.


Dilluminati's picture

I agree with everything you say, but there is also the part about the security clearance that I find troubling, when you look at an airport where electricians, plumbers, drivers, baggage handlers are asked some questions, "the identical questions" that were asked of this group who lied I wonder why they didn't simply tell the fucking truth?

Now remember where all this started.  And in that respect the people targeted, well they should have owned up to the activity.  I was watching the news last evening and Baltimore finally decided that they couldn't fix themselves and were bringing in the FBI to figure out why the cop who had testified about other cops selling heroin between Philly and Baltimore was dead?  

And let me tell you about how that is going to end.. unless those cops involved get off the grid they're done.   They had better fucking RUN!!!

There was a time in my life when the FBI was performed what were called lifetime adjudications, not full-life adjudications.   That is to say if you had "ever" I do mean "ever" inhaled, or had "ever" had a DUI that could be 30 years ago, you were inelligible.  That agency subsequently went full-life adjudication which is to say if you disclosed acurately you were eligible.  But you better not fucking lie.  That change was as recent as the last 10 years.

So for people who think that the lying is some simple paperwork it is not.  Again Truck drivers, electricians, medical personnel, food services, investigators, clerks, baggage handlers, etc.. huge fucking wide range of people.. computers, floor sweepers.. they all go through that same process, it is an IDENTICAL process.

Now here is the greatest fucking irony, almost nobody can read and understand the  EULA of software, their mortgage, other legal weasel.. but everybody is walked through the same disclosures, warnings, and affidavit language that a janitor can understand.  But leave it to those that think none of those words matter, or that words do not apply to them.. to really fuck it up.

So the they are guilty of a lie is half the issue: they signed a cleanly worded document that said I waive all personal privacy priveledges during the term of investigation for the purposes of the investigation.  Furthermore.. any and all damages accruing from this investigation process I assume reponsibility for.  And then finally: I attest under pre-established terms of perjury that I understand the terms and conditions and agree to them!


They waive privacy

They agree there is no recourse to incidental and consequental damages

The agree that the information is accurate under terms of perjury

They agree again that the entirety of the information is understood and that the information was produced by themselves in a final affidavit for submission (the one last time) portion

And remember that they can elect not to submit or recurse themselves from the position!  Nobody holds a gun to anyones head..

So when I hear of people who do the above and who have plain tracebale white collar criminal activity, didn't fucking pay their taxes, or were misusing funds (fucking grifter clintons made that an art) and closed their fund!!!  When I hear of people doing that.. I have zero fucking sympathy for them.  

So there you go.. 

I mean what fucking part of that did these people think didn't apply to the janitor and didn't apply to them?

If it is your point that this is somehow a technicality, well it is not.  

Granted that the narrative is twisted, somehow Hillary lost the election because of this is plain fucking absurd, that these were the only fucking people abusing and evading taxes absurd (most don't sign a waiver to allow the government to assume the RESPONSIBILITY to look into it), that the POTUS tweets are dangerous and then Comey's yesterday.. all of the narrative from the corporate media is missing the real point and the origin of this mess.. and that is why transition teams and staff on these campaigns matter.   Because the process isn't optional or politcal, and it shows you how really sophisticated and what career criminals the clinton's were! 

Again the person that randonly drew that check is under an equal affidavit to perform the investigation, there wasn't anything optional

So the blame rests with these idiots not recursing themselves and hoping that after waiving privacy that financial stuff wouldn't show up!  It's their fault.. they needed a trust fund and a unlegislated manner of selling info for cash like the Clintons to be professionals

You can now blow dope and work for the FBI.. especially in cyber where they find the missing $, they are good at it.. very good at it.. cops in Baltimore who be dirty.. run.. run... run... get off the grid.. prison is ugly even for cop killers



Mr Drysdale's picture

Good info. I STILL catch shit for not signing that I have read the Company's Handbook.

south40_dreams's picture

Thanks to the communist democrats, its now legal to kill white women in San Francisco. This should disturb the fuuck out of everyone....

We already knew democrats loved to rape and assault women, but San Francisco one-upped everyone by raising it to murder.  What democrat stronghold will be the first to endorse cannibalism as long as its a white chick?  Stand by....

Pro_sanity's picture

"Much Ado About Nothing"

SummerSausage's picture

Again and again and again....

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

Trump is turning the progessive media into laughing stocks..hypocrits on every level..fools yelling and barking at the moon.  it is fun to watch.

SummerSausage's picture

Bloomberg (yes, left wing Bloomberg) is reporting the contact was done with the approval of the Obama administration.

As Trump keeps ever more campaign promises and delivers sucess after sucess on the economic and foreign policy fronts where Obama failed miserably, the fake news, dems and deep state become more angry and desperate.

css1971's picture

Stop calling them mainstream media. They're not.

They are legacy media.

Old, out of date, innacurate and biased.

IridiumRebel's picture

They’re propagandists. Nothing more.

Dickweed Wang's picture

Stop calling them media, they're not. They're propaganda outlets.

Bill Melater's picture

This article is 100% wrong. CNN is never embarrassed.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

CNN is doing just what Time Warner is telling them to do.

FoggyWorld's picture

This one is on ABC's plate.

Honest Sam's picture

There is a mountain of evidence that somehow, in cataclysmic coincidence, that everyone in the media, when they were children in their formative years were repeatedly disappoointed, upset, depressed, and suicicdal that they didn't get a pony for christmas.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

Ole Brian graduated  MaxiumKumLoud from the Dan Rather School of Journalism


Fuk Disney/ESPN/ABC

MCDirtMigger's picture

Same "reporter" who told us that the shooter was a TeaParty member.

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

The time is approaching when whistle blowers come forth, from their positions at the corporate fake news propagation centers, and reveal to the entire world, that most reporters/journalists, have been compensated regularly, and are on the CIA payroll.

Just get some proof off to wikileaks.

How disgusting, in nearly 2018, the entire fake news establishment media, would get this wrong....

"ABC News " releases the intended factually incorrect statement, allowing all other fake news providers to repeat/retweet and run with a lie, for an entire day.

Thus intentionally misleading an entire nation.

voting machine's picture

Hard to imagine people still get any information from their TVs and newspapers

The hyper-ventlating left will be fun to watch when this blows up...hehehe

LiberateUS's picture

What imbeciles. How people behave when they are out of control and fighting for control. Reeks of utter desperation. They are all in process of getting rolled up, either for traditional sexual harrassment, pedophilia, or acting againstt the will of the people (McConnell).


CRM114's picture

Trust in the media is not at rock bottom...yet. Some people still watch/read it.

But they are working d@mn hard to make sure it will be.

blueskyranch's picture

...and their are some folks who actually believe the MSM.

The MSM had  their field day Friday trying to convice us that 'candidate' Trump was guilty by association. Then they quietly retract the Fake News on Saturday. Nothing unusual with that it would seem.

teslacoil's picture

I have my popcorn ready when dozens, if not hundreds of pervs are exposed at ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC.

They all suck each others dicks, including the lesbos.

Fuk em all.

shadow54's picture

Flynn and Mueller have now legalized the use of foreign surveillance and unmaskings of American citizens and politicians by the sitting government. They have established that it is fair use in criminal cases.

It is the transcripts of unmaskings that are the evidence that Flynn lied.
If they wanted to make a deal to get others they could have done it in a reasonable way, but this is simply shocking.

Flynn was obligated to fight such a charge on the grounds that the unmasking and using of that evidence to indict him on those specific charges is illegal and unconstitutional.

Flynn & Mueller's betrayal of the American people by doing this is the worst example this inquiry could have set.

Flynn and Mueller have given the current President, Donald Trump, and future presidents the authority to unmask Americans picked up in foreign surveillance gathering, and to charge them.

Trump can immediately use this to gather what the NSA has on any and all of his enemies including Mueller, and have them indicted.

Mueller in enabling this via his inquiry has stabbed every citizen of the USA in the back.

FoggyWorld's picture

Flynn ran out of money to fight.  His house was just put on the market.

But if those unmaskings and the FISA warrant was based on that known-to-the-FBI false Dossier about Trump, anything uncovered by the use of that warrant is tainted and should be tossed out.

hootowl's picture

"Epic mistake"!!!!?????......My hindquarters!  The deranged denizens at ABC are sick-brained propagandists infected with Killary/Ovomit/Soros-inspiredTrump Derangement Syndrome  in the extreme.

There should be tens of thousands of lawsuits being prepared for misfeasance/malfeasance/abuse of the public airwaves and a possible revokation of their license to use the public airwaves and the Internet.  Billions of dollars have probably been lost as a direct result of that (likely intentional) publication of fraudulent misinformation.


I would gladly join in a multi-billion dollar class-action lawsuit against all of the media that participated in the publication and republication of that extremely injurious malfeasance.  Take them all down and permanently revoke their licenses to publist!  Enough of this evil, destructive, work!!!


Trump should completely pardon General Flynn and fire that evil tyrannical Mueller and his Killarian/Sorosian cabal he has aggregated to perform his evil work.......  and all of the Ovomit holdovers in the swamp......And open an investigation of all treasonous anti-american demonrats in the former Obamaloidal/Sorosian coven and those still infesting the U.S. Government.


C'mon Donald exterminate these swamp rats!!!  All of them!

rfoland's picture

Might create a national security issue.

homiegot's picture

Trump just keeps winning. Because he's a winner.

0valueleft's picture

Actually they're losing more than Trump is winning. Trump would need an entirely new cabinet to actually win for us and not himself.

fel.temp.reparatio's picture

hey, usa... the rest of the world is thinking you guys are a bunch of dicks

honestly, you might wanna think about that for a bit... maybe? ;-) heh

IridiumRebel's picture

Yeah I’d be pissed too if my “leaders” were faggot followers who sit and heal at the beckoning of their war hawk masters.

I’m a bitch
You’re a bitch
He’s a bitch
She’s a bitch

Wouldn’t you like to be a Warhawk bitch too!

Mr Drysdale's picture

My Parents didn't like my Girfriend. They didn't like her when I married her 35 years ago. We are still married.

Why teh fuck should I care what some "nobody" from bum fuk egypt thinks?

 You play politics in Liberia (or wherever) We'll take care of the USA

fel.temp.reparatio's picture

i'm not in egypt, liberia or any other third world country (which includes the usa)

given you've been married 35 yrs that would make you at least middle aged, yet you still can't spell 'the' or 'fuck'

the usa is part of the problem, not the solution... so mr drysdale you can stick with your america's got talent, your dumbed-down education system, your indebtedness, cheese burgers and apple fucking pie

to bury your head in the sand, you have to be on your knees first... you are empty, hollow shells of men who consider themselves 'exceptional' - children dressed up in adult costumes, nothing more

0hedgehog's picture

So how to make a perfectly presidential action out to be an impeachable offense......way to go MSM!!!!

THORAX's picture

The good news in the fake news: We are wide awake and think for ourselves! 

Dickweed Wang's picture

I'm starting to think that Trump and team are purposely putting out false rumors within their "inner circles" in hopes that; 1) they can find out who is continually leaking stuff and 2) that the MSM picks up the "story" and runs with it (without any verification whatsoever) so Trump then can discredit them.  Something has to be going on when you consider all of the stories like this that have come out and have been totally discredited within days.

Thom Paine's picture



Missed it by....thaat much.

MaleFeelings's picture

Who are these faggots that trust tge media? Who are they. Where are such imbeciles? Quarantine and excommunicate them. Hyenas.

Solio's picture

America, what a nation! Of frauds, pedophiles, cannibals, vampires, organ harvesters, murderers, ponzis, religionistas, gangstas, and shit medical care!

Solio's picture

Don't forget the radiation, vocs, frack chems everywhere, so, poisoned air, water, land, food, and no, the children are NOT alright!

Future_Cannibal's picture

 It must feel pretty bad to be a moderate leftist with all the stupidity of the hardcore commies sucking each others dicks the previous two days. Merry Christmas everyone!

SweetDoug's picture




This is deliberate disinformation, as the leading voices in the media know the libtard trolls that hang out at MediaDon'tMatters and other similar sites, will sit their like howling monkeys throwing their turds at anyone who dares to defy them, contradict what has suddenly become dogma, dismissing the links, scornfully calling us Russian trolls and the usually foul-mouthed invectives and ad hominem attacks.


They don't want them to know the news, they want the hate to ramp up.


The question is 'Why? To what ends?"




Rex Andrus's picture

Why? Because emos make more, bigger mistakes. To what end? Darwin lottery winner George Carlin explains

wisehiney's picture

ABC fags need the Chinese Anti Gay Spray.

gdpetti's picture

Well, at least they claim to be 'embarrassed', something Trumpy will never do given his minset, such as using the 'Pocahontas' label on Sen. Warren, the self professed 'minority'... a popular game in certain circles like the media since the 90s... remember when all of that started? everyone on tv 'news' would now proclaim their part this or that status... some would even seem to acquire a slight accent... it was funny... but the use of Pocahontas isn't, which seems to show yet again, Trumpy's complete idiot status, but then that is a rather true reflection of most Americans, as we are fed/taught mostly lies and BS in school, mass media, entertainment, religion, etc.


A Warning To Our Readers: Mature Subject Matter Not Suitable for Children

The story of Pocahontas is a tragic tale of a young Native girl who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and allegedly murdered by those who were supposed to keep her safe.