The hosts and audience in attendance of “The View” joyously celebrated the breaking news that former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn would testify against President Donald Trump. But there was a big catch they didn’t know about.
Here’s the video of their celebrations on the Flynn news:
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
— The View (@TheView) December 1, 2017
“ABC News’ Brian Ross is reporting Michael Flynn offered full cooperation to the Mueller team and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians! Yes!” Joy Behar reported.
She burst into applause along with the audience.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it’s beginning to look a lot like collusion,” said guest Ana Navarro.
Behar continued on to call the news the “antithesis of election night” when she was in mourning. The hosts went on to debate whether it was happy just for Democrats or if it was a good thing for America.
Here’s what they missed:
The story that Behar read was false. ABC News later “corrected” the story, and was highly criticized for not completely retracting it.
ABC cited an anonymous confidante of Flynn who later corrected their statement. “Trump assigned Flynn and a small circle of other senior advisers to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots,” the statement read. “It was shortly after the election, that President-elect Trump directed Flynn to contact Russian officials on topics that included working jointly against ISIS.”
This significantly undermines the story that the hosts of “The View” celebrated so joyfully.
‘The View’ quietly deletes tweet peddling fake Mike Flynn news — but only after the damage is done
“The View” quietly deleted a tweet peddling fake news about the Michael Flynn plea deal sometime Saturday morning after the liberal women’s talk show was widely panned.
“The View” co-host Joy Behar on Friday read with utter excitement a news report from ABC News that claimed Flynn was directed to coordinate communication with Russia while Trump was a still a candidate.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it’s beginning to look a lot like collusion,” guest co-host Ana Navarro said. Behar later went on to describe her excitement as the “antithesis of election night” when she mourned over Donald Trump’s win.
“The View” producers later posted the segment to its Twitter account where it was widely shared. Most politically charged tweets from “The View” will receive thousands of retweets and “likes.”
That was before ABC corrected its report to say that Flynn contacted Russian officials after Trump had won the election and was transitioning to become president. The difference is major, but “The View” retained the incorrect tweet.
They were called out by every corner of the internet to take down the incorrect tweet and correct themselves. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway even got in on the action:
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) December 2, 2017
What did they do?
Sometime Saturday morning, someone with control over “The View’s” Twitter account deleted the incorrect tweet and simply retweeted ABC’s major correction.
There was no immediate apology for keeping the incorrect tweet live on the internet for more than 12 hours. The segment where the panel discussed the fake Flynn news was still live on YouTube as of Saturday afternoon.
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