ABC Makes "Epic Mistake", Retracts Bombshell Flynn Story

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.


Bes Mr. Kwikky Fri, 12/01/2017 - 21:55 Permalink

Logan Act 1799§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

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NoDebt bobcatz Fri, 12/01/2017 - 23:17 Permalink

The MSM has launch yet another NOTHING BURGER into the public sphere.  You wonder why Trump was elected?  You wonder why none of his supporters are abandoning him no matter what bullshit you peddle?  This is why.  Keep going, assholes.  You are only feeding that which you seek to destroy.  Sensationalize more stories.  Discredit yourself further.  Above all, please keep thinking none of this bullshit you peddle can ever come back and effect you personally.  Surely, you are immune from the consequences of your lies.  PLEASE keep thinking that. 

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Escrava Isaura ACP Sat, 12/02/2017 - 03:03 Permalink

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Epic mistake: president-elect Trump, not candidate Trump LOl. This is a dumb mistake, not epic. This is epic.  

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fattail Escrava Isaura Sat, 12/02/2017 - 09:08 Permalink

No.  When the mistake is intended to initiate impeachment hearings its not a mistake.  It's a malicious lie meant to gain political advantage and disenfranchise all of the people who voted for trump.  But i do do love how the MSM keeps discreiting itself with more "fake news".  It makes it so much easier for trump to connect with his voters.  And eventually all of the liberal voters who are only barely attached to the process are going to get disenchanted with their leaders for not "resisting" and impeaching trump.  Leading to still more demagogury, identity politics, and extreme leftist candidates.

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HardAssets King of Ruperts Land Sat, 12/02/2017 - 05:44 Permalink

I like these little ‘battles’ too. Like the whole NFL deal. Trump has had it in for those guys for a long time.

But in the meantime, they didn’t dump obummer’care’ and the R version was about as bad. They’re trying to pass a screw job tax bill that benefits the .001%. And people are giving high fives over tweets ? How bout substance? How bout those campaign promises?

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jeff montanye phatfawzi Fri, 12/01/2017 - 22:22 Permalink

let's be clear.  by the logic of the logan act nearly the entirety of the bushobama administration and large chunks of the others going back to 1948 should be jailed for negotiating with israel in clear violation of the interests of the u.s.but screw three years and a fine.  9-11 and seven countries in five years are treason and mass murder on the scale of the great monsters of history.  bust 9-11 and change the world.….…

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