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Newsweek has fired the reporter behind a botched story that claimed President Donald Trump would spend Thanksgiving by golfing and tweeting.

Jessica Kwong, a Newsweek reporter who covered the Trump administration and 2020 campaign, published a story on Thanksgiving morning with the headline, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more.”

However, as it turned out, Trump spent Thanksgiving meeting with American troops stationed in Afghanistan.

In a statement, Newsweek told the Washington Examiner that its story has been fully corrected, Kwong “has been terminated,” and that it would take further action if an investigation proves it necessary.

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.

Newsweek editors corrected the story on Thanksgiving Day after the president’s surprise trip was made public.

An editor’s note at the bottom of the story reads, “This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 pm EST to reflect the president’s surprise trip to Afghanistan.”

The story’s headline now reads, “How did Trump spend Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing—and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan.”

On Friday, Trump himself responded to the botched story by mocking Newsweek.

Kwong on Thursday characterized her incorrect story as an “honest mistake.” In response, Donald Trump Jr. said the inaccurate reporting was not a mistake, but rather reflects a consistent pattern of how the mainstream media report on the president.

“It wasn’t an ‘honest mistake’ you tried to dunk on Trump and ended up dunking on yourself because you couldn’t resist. Notice how there’s never been a story that broke in Trump’s favor & had to be corrected the other way? These aren’t mistakes, they are a very consistent pattern,” Trump Jr. said.

Kwong has not yet responded to her ousting.

  • Mike McCallion says:

    Step by Step the Lame Stream Media will develop less fear in their Editorial Board discussions and the adherence to the Democrat Party Daily Talking Point(s) memo will be immediately deleted or blocked as Spam.

  • Sue Jackson says:

    BOO-WHO-WHO, crocodile tears now that you got caught NOT doing your job. Any REAL News Reporter never ever writes a story that THEY do not have first hand knowledge of by doing the investigation & research themselves. That is called getting of your butt & doing the job for which you have been shown to not be qualified to do. Where did you get your degree in Media Studies or did you once again reveal your gullibility by thinking you could FAKE NEWS your way into the business, just as many of your colleagues are doing. I would not hire you to clean out the elephants stall at the one day circus that just came to town. Truth, Honesty & Ethical Responsibility is all that the readers/viewers expect of the Media providers. YOU tried to jump the shark & didn’t make it. If you really are a Journalist with integrity then you can recover but you have to realize that your readers want just two things. Honesty & Truth! One other thing you might want to remember. If you were given this story by another person that hen told you to run with it, you were used. This person was just another biased reporter that wanted to push a false story about our President but was too much of a coward to do it themselves so he/she USED you. Maybe that would make for an interesting ‘come back effort’ if you really are a journalist.

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