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Reporter Who Wrote False Story of Trump 'Tweeting and Golfing' on Thanksgiving Gets Canned
Media has told many fake stories about President Donald Trump without any consequences.
So it’s something of an event when a false story actually earns some punishment.
Newsweek just axed the reporter, Jessica Kwong, who wrote the story with the headline “How is Trump Spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, Golfing and More.” Her story was a complete speculation on what he would be doing throughout the day, based off of what he had done in the prior two years. But even then, she left out of her recollection that he’d visited Coast Guard troops in Florida both in 2017 and 2018, delivering a Thanksgiving lunch.
What she missed, of course, was that this year he was actually visiting the troops at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. It was perhaps particularly egregious because she wasn’t just a random reporter commenting but the political reporter assigned to follow Trump and his family.
She got a lot of blowback on Twitter. Even Trump weighed in noting that he thought that “Newsweek had going out of business.”
On Saturday, Newsweek announced Kwong was fired.
From Washington Examiner:
Kwong posted on Twitter, calling it an “honest mistake.”
On Saturday, Kwong told the Washington Examiner her story of what had happened.
But if that were true, why is she the one canned? And why is she filing a story on Thanksgiving the day before? If that’s the magazine’s policy, that’s bad.
One of the biggest problems was the failure to update the story in a timely manner so it allowed hours of people calling the story out as false before anyone did anything.
Someone paid a consequence for the false reporting. But the problem is a greater one that axing one reporter wouldn’t solve. And it’s not just Newsweek, Newsweek is just the latest iteration. Too much of the media has sacrificed objective journalism for narrative and that was clearly evident here.
They have to change the ethos that allows this stuff to happen, that “mistakes” and “bias” always seem to go in one direction, against Trump and Republicans.
How about a return to what you’re actually supposed to be delivering? Objective fact-based journalism.
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