It’s not clear that ABC News’ dud “Mike Flynn” bombshell is a mistake, exactly

From Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge:

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. More.

Reality check: Media that have long since stopped trying to report the news as if they or their readers care much about facts will simply sacrifice the current goat (Brian Ross) and fetch up another one. Eventually, they must hope, one of these stories will click, bring down Trump, and pave the way for a post-media paradise where facts won’t matter and they can all be celebs and opinion leaders again.

It’s simple math, really. The one story that clicks for them obliterates hundreds of duds. Provided, of course, anyone is still listening.

See also: Historic Maclean’s Magazine is now a purveyor of childish ridicule. Talk about legacy media that should have died a natural death.

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