Newsweek has fired the reporter who claimed that President Trump was out golfing on Thanksgiving when in fact he made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to see the troops. This is just the latest example of the fake news media caught in a blatant lie
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,” a Newsweek representative told the Washington Examiner in an exclusive piece published Saturday.
The Newsweek piece was originally published on Thursday before Trump’s overseas trip — a deliberate surprise — became public. According to White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, only some White House officials knew about the trip, which was kept secret for security reasons.
The story was certainly was a surprise to the troops, the public and the media — and some outlets were caught completely off-guard. Newsweek had to overhaul the article that it had earlier posted, which continued to incorrectly state that Trump would be playing golf and tweeting, even though his trip to Afghanistan had been announced.
The next day, [writer Jessica] Kwong reached out to the editor on duty and relayed the president’s latest actions, after which the story was published,” according to the Examiner. “When the president’s trip to Afghanistan was announced, that editor then decided to assign another reporter to write a new story about it but neglected to update Kwong’s original piece in a timely manner.”
She initially tweeted the old headline that read: “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more.”
After Trump’s trip became public, she tweeted a correction, saying that she made an “honest mistake” and that it was written before knowing about the trip.
Kwong later told the Examiner that she was assigned the Thanksgiving story in advance and filed it to her editor on Wednesday, a day before Trump’s trip became public.
President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., responded to the initial story by deriding Newsweek.
“Fake news gonna fake!” Trump Jr. tweeted. His father retweeted that post, asking: “I thought Newsweek was out of business?”