Newsweek has fired the reporter who filed a false story claiming that all Trump intended to do on Thanksgiving Day was play golf and watch TV, when in fact, few hours later, he was in Afghanistan visiting the troops.
On the morning of Thanksgiving Day, journalist Jessica Kwong, who billed herself as a reporter on politics, filed a story claiming that all President Donald Trump intended to do on the holiday was lounge around tweeting, watching TV, and playing golf. But it turned out that only a few hours after she filed her story, and after the failing magazine published it, the president was in Afghanistan visiting our soldiers for a Thanksgiving Day meal!
That is a big discrepancy, isn’t it?
President Trump and his son lambasted Newsweek for its glaringly erroneous “report.”
“I thought Newsweek was out of business?” Trump quipped with a retweet of his son Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet containing a screenshot of Newsweek’s story next to photos of the president in Afghanistan where he made a surprise visit U.S. troops on the holiday.
I thought Newsweek was out of business? https://t.co/3ro4eSJloo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2019
“Reporter” Kwong desperately tried to backtrack and claimed that her false story was an “honest mistake.”
Don Trump, Jr., though, slammed that weak “explanation.”
“It wasn’t an ‘honest mistake,'” he tweeted, adding, “you tried to dunk on Trump and ended up dunking on yourself because you couldn’t resist. Notice how there’s never been a story that broke in Trump’s favor & had to be corrected the other way? These aren’t mistakes, they are a very consistent pattern.”
It wasn’t an “honest mistake” you tried to dunk on Trump and ended up dunking on yourself because you couldn’t resist. Notice how there’s never been a story that broke in Trump’s favor & had to be corrected the other way? These aren’t mistakes, they are a very consistent pattern. https://t.co/HmyrHrOjqB
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 30, 2019
Apparently it was all too much for Newsweek, as the magazine fired Kwong late on Friday.
“Newsweek investigated the failures that led to the publication of the inaccurate report that President Trump spent Thanksgiving tweeting and golfing rather than visiting troops in Afghanistan,” the magazine said according to the Washington Examiner. “The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”
The magazine also added a note to the end of the story reading, “This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 p.m. EST to reflect the president’s surprise trip to Afghanistan. Additional reporting by James Crowley.”
Kwong also tried to lay some of the blame on Newsweek editors for not updating her story when it was discovered that the president had made secret plans to visit the troops.
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