The Newsweek writer behind a story on President Trump’s Thanksgiving plans has been fired but is pushing back on the perception that the published story — initially leaving out that Trump was visiting troops in Afghanistan, but rather mistakenly saying he would be “tweeting” and “golfing” — was her fault.
“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 in an exclusive piece published Saturday.
The Newsweek piece was originally published on Thursday before Trump’s overseas trip — a deliberate surprise — became public. According to White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, only some White House officials knew about the trip, which was kept secret for security reasons.
The story was certainly was a surprise to the troops, the public and the media — and some outlets were caught completely off-guard. Newsweek had to overhaul the article that it had earlier posted, which continued to incorrectly state that Trump would be playing golf and tweeting, even though his trip to Afghanistan had been announced.
“The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated,” the Newsweek rep told the Examiner. “We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”
“The next day, [writer Jessica] Kwong reached out to the editor on duty and relayed the president’s latest actions, after which the story was published,” according to the Examiner. “When the president’s trip to Afghanistan was announced, that editor then decided to assign another reporter to write a new story about it but neglected to update Kwong’s original piece in a timely manner.”
She initially tweeted the old headline that read: “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more.”
After Trump’s trip became public, she tweeted a correction, saying that she made an “honest mistake” and that it was written before knowing about the trip.