You would think it was hard if not impossible to embarrass a magazine that sold for one dollar. Not one magazine but the entire company sold for one dollar. But it has happened. Newsweek writer Jessica Kwong wrote an article on Thanksgiving that claimed that President Trump would be spending the holiday playing golf and tweeting. Ironically at almost the same minute that article was published online, the president was landing in Afghanistan where he would help serve Thanksgiving dinner to the troops. Newsweek became the object of ridicule and the president let them know what he thinks of their fake news.
It left Newsweek with little choice but to fire Kwong. She should look for another line of work because anyone who hires her will instantly lose credibility. Kwong was fired but the editors who okayed the story were unscathed. Newsweek was left with little choice but to fire Kwong. Had they kept her, they would have had to defend her article and that would be nearly impossible.
“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. “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 article was rewritten, with a note added at the end that read: “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.”
Before she was canned, Kwong addressed the update on social media tweeting, “Trump headed to Afghanistan to surprise U.S. troops on Thanksgiving. 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.”