ABC News on Friday evening corrected an explosive special report that aired in the morning saying that Donald Trump, as a candidate for president, had asked Michael Flynn to make contact with Russians.
During “World News Tonight,” ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross said the source who had provided the initial information for his story later told him that it was as president-elect, not as a candidate, that Trump asked Flynn to contact the Russians.
The initial report, based on one anonymous source, prompted a dramatic reaction in the financial markets, and the Dow fell more than 350 points.
Stocks largely recovered later in the day.
CNN had reached out to ABC News in the early afternoon to ask why Ross’ initial reporting was not included in the network’s online story about Flynn pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.
Several hours later, a spokesperson for the network told CNN that Ross would be issuing a “clarification” on “World News Tonight,” which airs at 6:30 p.m. ET.
“[A] clarification tonight on something one of Flynn’s confidants told us and we reported earlier today,” Ross said on the program. “He said the president had asked Flynn to contact Russia during the campaign. He’s now clarifying that saying, according to Flynn, candidate Trump asked him during the campaign to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other world hot spots. And then after the election, the president-elect asked him to contact Russia on issues including working together to fight ISIS.”
A 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. ABC posted a “clarification” on Twitter around 8 p.m.
An ABC spokesperson said the network learned its initial reporting was incorrect at about 6 p.m. The network spokesperson declined to say if any disciplinary action would occur.
ABC’s decision to call its correction a “clarification” prompted immediate criticism.
“If we want to regain trust in the media, we need to admit our mistakes, especially when as consequential as this. Retract. Correct. Don’t use weasel words to describe it,” Jonathan Swan of Axios tweeted.
Greta Van Susteren blasted ABC for trying to “sugar coat” its mistake by characterizing it as a “clarification.”
Shortly before 11 p.m., after a barrage of criticism, ABC posted a new tweet with the header “Correction” instead of “Clarification” followed by the same text as the prior tweet. The original tweet was deleted.
This is not the first high-profile mistake by Ross. In a 2012 piece for which he apologized, he suggested that the Aurora shooter may have had a connection to the Tea Party.
The VIEW Bitches Celebrate “FAKE NEWS”
I DON’T THINK BEHAR CARES AT ALL WHAT PERVERT Al Franken is doing in the picture below, in-fact I will go as far to say she’s thourghlly ENJOYING it by the look on her face!! What do you think the odds will be that Joy Behar sincerely APOLOGIZES for making the FALSE statement about President Trump Monday morning?…………….Papa Mike
Picture below was posted by Papa Mike and NOT from the source of this article.
THE JOY BEHAR “MUST SEE VIDEOS” HERE
Friday morning on ABC’s The View, co-host Joy Behar was handed a large blue card during the live broadcast of the show by a stagehand who told her, “Breaking news.” Behar started reading the card, which relayed a (what turned out to be false) report from ABC’s Brian Ross that Gen. Michael Flynn had pled guilty and was prepared to testify that President Donald Trump directed him during the presidential campaign to contact the Russians. Behar grew ecstatic as she read the report, tossing the blue card in the air in celebration. The studio audience and most of other View co-hosts cheered along with Behar. The View panel discussed for the next seven minutes the fake news that ‘collusion’ between Trump and the Russians during the campaign was finally proven.
Behar was so excited I think she “peed her pants”!! You really need to watch the VIDEOS HERE to fully see what a fool looks like on National TV
Joy Behar celebrates fake news from ABC News that collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was proven.
The View posted the segment on Twitter with the caption, “FLYNN PROMISES ‘FULL COOPERATION’: The co-hosts react to breaking news that Michael Flynn promised “full cooperation,” prepared to testify that Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians” during campaign”
FLYNN PROMISES ‘FULL COOPERATION’: The co-hosts react to breaking news that Michael Flynn promised “full cooperation,” prepared to testify that Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians” during campaign. pic.twitter.com/KtmDGuyqfy
Correction: 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.
The View tweeted the fake ‘breaking news’ segment several times throughout the day and retweeted it Friday night without issuing a much needed correction.
“We should all collectively be concerned that this happened,” @sunny Hostin says. “This is good for our country for us to expose this kind of behavior.” https://t.co/GoIpKJDVBU
— The View (@TheView) December 1, 2017
“SCARY AS HELL”: @ananavarro reacts to the details revealed today with Michael Flynn’s plea: “It’s not a happy day, it’s not a sad day … it’s a very scary day.” pic.twitter.com/JSng0Q24Bl
— The View (@TheView) December 1, 2017
The stock market tanked soon after the fake news report by ABC.
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.
ABC News’ Adam Kelsey, Veronica Stacqualursi, Jack Date, Geneva Sands, Mike Levine, Trish Turner and John Santucci contributed to this report.
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Trump senior advisor Jared Kushner is the “very senior” Trump official who directed former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to contact foreign government officials over a UN resolution condemning Israel, NBC News reported on Friday.
It is against the law for unauthorized citizens to negotiate with foreign governments.
However, the 1799 law that forbids such acts has never been successfully used in a prosecution.
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is the “very senior” official who directed former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to contact foreign government officials over a UN resolution condemning Israel, NBC News reported on Friday, citing two sources familiar with the matter.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI regarding contact he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016. He also admitted to lying about his role in pushing foreign officials to delay or defeat a resolution condemning Israeli settlement building during the presidential transition.
“On or about December 22, 2016, a very senior member of the Presidential Transition team directed FLYNN to contact officials from foreign governments, including Russia, to learn where each government stood on the resolution and to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution,” according to a court document that Flynn and his attorneys signed.
It is against the law for unauthorized citizens to negotiate with foreign governments. However, the 1799 law that forbids such acts has never been successfully used in a prosecution, and doubts have been raised about whether the law is constitutional.
UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was adopted Dec. 28.
A Friday court filing said that on Dec. 29, 2016, Flynn relayed his conversations with the Russian ambassador to a “senior official” of the transition team at Mar-a-Lago. Flynn told the “senior official” that he and the ambassador had discussed sanctions and their potential impact on the incoming administration’s foreign policy goals.
Later Friday, NBC reported, citing two people familiar with the matter, that KT McFarland was the “senior official.” She did not respond to NBC’s requests for comment.
McFarland was a senior official on the transition team and was later appointed as deputy national security advisor. She left that role in April, but was later nominated as ambassador to Singapore.
Alleged attempts by Flynn and other members of Trump’s transition team to stymie the resolution were first reported by Foreign Policy in February.
An attorney for Kushner did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC.