Wow this is bad. ABC News literally made the market crash by more than 400 points with this headline blockbuster report – and it turns out it was fake news.
Here’s the correction they issued:
CLARIFICATION of ABC News Special Report: Flynn prepared to testify that President-elect Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians *during the transition* — initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria, confidant now says. https://t.co/ewrkVZBTbc pic.twitter.com/GQAKwT1Eda
— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2017
Uh that should be a total scrapping of the story, you tools.
Astonishing. The story moved markets, set off a media frenzy, suggested worst possible outcome. This is called a massive correction, or retraction, not clarification. https://t.co/uVUamf4jYY
— Jim VandeHei (@JimVandeHei) December 2, 2017
That's not a clarification. That's a retraction. A totally different story. https://t.co/0dJAB7wEvq
— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) December 2, 2017
So the earlier erroneous description was… _fake news_? https://t.co/UcmvK9xYew
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) December 2, 2017
Great job, fellas. Really first class. It's been what, seven hours or so? On a Friday evening? Spectacular. https://t.co/FSAqZimVUw
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) December 2, 2017
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) December 2, 2017
Great job, asshats. And guess who reported it first? BRIAN “HEY ISN’T EVERY SHOOTER A TEAPARTY GUY” ROSS. A-holes….