Over the weekend, we started seeing a bunch of tweeters all excited about a rumor that former NSA director Michael Flynn had cut a deal with the FBI and was about to flip on Donald Trump. HuffPo columnist Seth Abramson, for example (he has dozens of tweets on Flynn if you want to read them all):

And others:

This boomlet appears to have started with a tweet from Harvard professor and CNN analyst Juliette Kayyem when she tweeted, “it looks like #Flynn may have a deal with the FBI”:

But then she walked the explosive claim back in this Facebook post. Now these sources are just “increasingly wondering” about it:

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This isn’t how it’s supposed to work, guys:

But the damage has already been done. Raw Story reported it as fact:

And Keith Olbermann was  busy congratulating Kayyem:

But it’s only “fake news” when it’s conservatives, right?

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