Newsweek fired the correspondent who incorrectly reported President Trump’s activities during Thanksgiving, according to The Washington Examiner.
Reporter Jessica Kwong initially wrote an article with headline “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more,” which was eventually changed to “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing—and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan.” with totally different content.
The journalist told the media that she had been assigned the story and deadline prior to Thanksgiving. In the article published on Thanksgiving Day, before the president’s trip to Afghanistan was made known to the public, the reporter talked of excess and golfing, stone crab and his Rocky Balboa tweet, framing it in a way that would make Americans think the president is living it up on his golden throne, according to NOQ Report.
Kwong called it “an honest mistake” and deleted the article from her Twitter account on Nov. 29 and later told the press that another writer was assigned to write about the trip to Afghanistan but failed to update the original headline in a timely manner.
The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., late on Thursday, Nov. 28, exposed a piece of fake news reported by Newsweek by comparing it to some photos featuring President Trump’s activities in Afghanistan, tweeting, “Fake news gonna fake!”
Fake news gonna fake! pic.twitter.com/ykmlenbFLi
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 28, 2019
A Newsweek representative claimed that the media was looking into the case, saying, “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,” reported the Washington Examiner.
It also announced the dismissal of the involving staff on Nov. 29, asserting that it would take further action “if required.”
Twitter users strongly blasted the journalist’s excuse of “honest mistake”:
MSM honest mistakes never go in Trump’s favor
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) November 29, 2019
How was this an “honest mistake?”
— Elisabeth (@grizzlymamabear) November 29, 2019
Why would you write the story without having any of the facts?
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 29, 2019
This was my exact question … the entire original story had no basis in fact and was just speculation.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 29, 2019