Newsweek got a lot of blowback after they ran a story on Thanksgiving claiming that President Donald Trump was “tweeting and golfing” on the holiday when he was actually visiting the troops in Afghanistan.
The story was published in the morning, before the Trump’s trip to Afghanistan was revealed at 2:00 p.m. EST.
But it wasn’t corrected for some time after that news broke. It was updated at 6:17 p.m., which left the misleading story up for more than four hours after the news came out.
Included in the blowback, both the president and his son Donald Trump, Jr let Newsweek have it.
I thought Newsweek was out of business? https://t.co/3ro4eSJloo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2019
Newsweek fired the reporter who wrote the story on Saturday. The reporter Jessica Kwong claimed it was an “honest mistake.” She told the Washington Examiner that she filed the story on Wednesday but basically blamed her editor saying he didn’t update in a timely manner.
But there was also a problem with the nature of the story itself, which seemed to be a thinly veiled hit piece as opposed to a factual account of what the President was doing on the day.
Newsweek appeared to acknowledge that in their official statement this week in which they said they were demoting the editor.
From Fox News:
“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 story has been corrected, the reporter responsible was terminated and the editor was demoted,” Newsweek said in a statement. “We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”
“From the start of her tenure as editor in chief of Newsweek, Nancy Cooper has moved the newsroom toward strong reporting, such as the scoop on Baghdadi’s killing, and away from knee-jerk political snarkiness. This story did not meet the standards she has set.”
They haven’t identified who the editor is or what the “demotion” would entail.
But another problem was who files a story about what Trump did on Thanksgiving on Wednesday? Then it’s simply speculation, it’s not actual news.
So yes, the reporter might have written it and editor failed to correct it in a timely fashion, but that’s admission of more intrinsic issues, when the media already has such problems being truthful about Trump and pushing narratives.