Newsweek says it’s “terminated” reporter over heavily-ridiculed article about Trump’s Thanksgiving agenda

Some have speculated there must have been more to the story for a reporter to have lost their job over the article.


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A Newsweek reporter, Jessica Kwong, who published a story Thursday about President Trump's Thanksgiving Day agenda, is reported to have been fired from the role after the article was ridiculed online.

The article, originally titled “How Did Trump Spend Thanksgiving? Tweeting, Golfing and More” was mocked as the President was actually spending Thanksgiving day with troops in Afghanistan.

At the time of the article's publication, the President was already on a flight to Afghanistan.

The news of Trump’s Afghanistan visit broke a couple of hours after Kwong tweeted her article – and the backlash was swift.

The article was heavily criticized by both social media users – as well as Donald Trump Jr and The President himself, Donald Trump.

In the evening, President Trump weighed-in on the controversy, commenting on a tweet by his son Donald Trump. Jr.

“I thought Newsweek was out of business?” the president said, referencing the outlet's recent financial troubles.

A Newsweek spokesperson has told The Washington Examiner that the reporter has been terminated.

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, and the journalist responsible has been terminated. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”

Kwong has since tweeted that it was an “honest mistake”.

“Deleting this tweet because it was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan-an honest mistake. Story has already been updated, as shown in the screenshot,” she tweeted.

While, at the time of publication, it was unlikely that Kwong would have been able to know the President was visiting Afghanistan, as extreme security measures were used for safety and to prevent the word from getting out – some criticized the tone of the article and the way it suggested the President wasn't doing anything noble for the occasion. 

“As with any other day of the year, Trump will probably be tweeting, or expressing his opinions in another way. On Thanksgiving Eve, Trump tweeted an image of his head on the body of Rocky Balboa, the fictional boxer portrayed by actor Sylvester Stallone in numerous movies,” Kwong wrote in her story.

 

As the media are often falsely reporting on the President and having to issue retractions, some have suggested that there is perhaps more to this story and that Kwong's dismissal could have been for wider reasons – as this time, it was almost impossible for Kwong to have known the President's plans and could only go off of the official schedule.

The Washington Examiner later updated the story with a statement from Kwong who said that “she was assigned to write a story about what the President was doing on Thanksgiving a week in advance and filed it to her editors on Wednesday.”

“Then, she explained that she sent a message to the editor on duty with the President’s latest actions and the editor published the piece,” the Washington Examiner wrote. “That editor decided to have a reporter write a new story on Trump’s surprise trip to Afghanistan, and neglected to update Kwong’s original piece in a timely manner.”

 

“If outlets started firing every journo that tweets false stories about Trump, CNN Headquarters would be one empty building,” one user noted.

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Cindy Harper

Cindy Harper is a tech news staff writer based in Maryland, USA. After getting her start in local journalism, Cindy now reports mostly on social media stories for Reclaim. [email protected]
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