One can only guess even some news outlets have had enough of their own “fake news.” It is hard to imagine that they would be coming to their own senses, but Newsweek has actually fired their reporter for reporting fake news. Newsweek’s Jessica Kwong is a political reporter who covers the Trump family and administration.
She wrote an article on Thanksgiving Day with the headline topic reading, “How is Trump Spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, Golfing, and More.” Typically, there wouldn’t be a problem with a headline such as this. In fact, even most Trump supporters would find it kind of funny. The problem lies with she neglected to mention the “more” part of her story.
What President Trump really did on his Thanksgiving holiday was take a trip to Afghanistan just to visit America’s finest soldiers. What a remarkable leader we have in our president who thought of those spending the holidays away from their homes and families. This is a true leader and Commander in Chief!
The visit was unannounced, and it was also the first visit to Afghanistan. His arrival came at 8:30 pm local time, and he stayed for around two and a half hours speaking with and greeting the troops along with the Afghanistan president.
President Trump told the crowd he was going to reopen negotiations with the Taliban and stated, “The Taliban wants to make a deal. We’ll see if they make a deal. If they do, they do, and if they don’t, they don’t. That’s fine. Now they do want to do a cease-fire, I believe it’ll probably work out that way.”
Trump closed negotiations two months ago when the Taliban bombed Kabul and killed 11 citizens and one American soldier. The US is willing to negotiate to obtain peace. President Trump left Afghanistan shortly after Midnight and headed back to the US.
All of this news was added to the original story when Newsweek put up the announcement at the end of the report stating, “This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 pm EST to reflect the president’s surprise trip to Afghanistan. Additional reporting by James Crowley.” The new headline reads, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing, and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan.”
From one outlet to another, Newsweek told The Washington Examiner over the weekend, “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 was not available for comment, but she did post a tweet on Twitter stating, “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. The story has already been updated, as shown.”
There was nothing Newsweek could do to get out of this one. The president and his family had already seen the news story and had their own things to add to Twitter. President Trump posted, “I thought Newsweek went out of business?”
His son, Donald Trump Jr., posted, “Fake news gonna fake!” The White House responded, “This Thanksgiving, we are thankful to all who wear our Nation’s uniform, allowing us to celebrate in safety and peace.”
The pictures showed across social media what the news outlets refused to show. President Trump was posing with the soldiers, serving them and handing them meals for Thanksgiving, talking amongst ranking officials, and taking care of business.
Many of the pictures instigated there were no golf clubs in President Trump’s hands. Newsweek didn’t correct the mistake until later Thanksgiving evening giving most of the world the lies throughout the day. Some people on social media even called out Newsweek.
With every article comes the teamwork of the news crew. There are publishers and printers, editors, writers, and managers. To fire just one person seems almost childish because it takes a team to publish a national newspaper or newsletter. As mentioned earlier, why wasn’t it caught right away?
Perhaps the answer lies within the walls of the news outlet. That is where these people must spend all of their time gathering up information instead of doing what a regular reporter does and research their work before they write it. Apparently, there was no research, editing, or teamwork, only opinions.