Newsweek Reporter Fired Over Story About Trump's Thanksgiving Plans

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Posted: Dec 02, 2019 7:30 AM
Newsweek Reporter Fired Over Story About Trump's Thanksgiving Plans

Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Newsweek fired its reporter who wrote a story about President Trump’s Thanksgiving Day schedule that turned out to be completely false.

The original article titled “How Is Trump Spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, Golfing and More,” was written prior to Trump’s surprise visit to meet U.S. military members in Afghanistan. The story even got President Trump’s attention.

Newsweek told the Washington Examiner that the decision to let her go was made after an investigation into "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," said Newsweek's spokesperson.

The author, Jessica Kwong, told the Examiner the on-duty editor did not issue an update to her story after the president’s trip was announced.

She tweeted that a correction on the article had been issued and called her original take “an honest mistake.”  

Donald Trump Jr. wasn’t buying that excuse.