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Newsweek fires reporter who wrote inaccurate story on Trump's Thanksgiving Day plans

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The Newsweek reporter who published an inaccurate story about President Trump's Thanksgiving Day plans has been fired. The outlet's original story claimed the president only planned on tweeting and golfing during his holiday break, neglecting to mention his trip to Afghanistan.

Newsweek’s Jessica Kwong, whose Twitter handle identifies her as a political reporter "covering Trump administration and family," initially published the article Thursday morning, before the president's trip to Afghanistan was announced publicly. The story's initial headline was, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more.”
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. "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.”

Hours after the president's trip was announced, Newsweek edited Kwong's story and added a note at the bottom of it. The beginning of the story now focuses on the president's trip and his speech to the troops, while the new headline reads, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing — and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan.”

 
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Now, hopefully, her replacement can tell me how many scoops of cranberry sauce he demanded while he was with the troops.

This is a great precedent to witness. A "journalist" just completely makes up a story, runs with it because it fits her hivemind agenda, and the company fired her! And she's a HOC even! (heroine of colour)! I can't wait to find out why Newsweek hates women. But I really can't wait for this to become more common.
 
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Why would you write a news article about what someone will "probably" be doing? What was the original article? Did she have a source that said he'd actually be golfing? If so, it seems more like Newsweek used this as an excuse to fire her. If not, I can understand their reasoning, but it's still very hypocritical.
 
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Why would you write a news article about what someone will "probably" be doing? What was the original article? Did she have a source that said he'd actually be golfing? If so, it seems more like Newsweek used this as an excuse to fire her. If not, I can understand their reasoning, but it's still very hypocritical.
her source was his public itinerary, i believe.
 

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Wow, so they used the minority female as the scapegoat and the left is not up in arms? Something isnt right here.
They are the most successful ethnic group in the country, so as a result they generally don't get the same privileges as other minorities and are largely ignored by the Left as a result. Hard to make the 'oppressive white man' argument with Asians around.
 
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Why would she blame her editor? It's her job to fact check, before submitting any stories. The editor would only take her word as she's the one reporting the story.
 
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They think firing some random will make everything good.

Its fake news the company now and will always be. No saving there.
 
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Why would she blame her editor? It's her job to fact check, before submitting any stories. The editor would only take her word as she's the one reporting the story.
Yeah, that's a good point that I thought about a little later. It's kinda shitty to make the writer the only wrong person when the editor is the one who chooses whether to run the story.
 

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Well, the story was accurate based upon what was publicly available. Imagine if she'd had the true story and went with it? She'd be locked up on espionage charges.
 
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Why would she blame her editor? It's her job to fact check, before submitting any stories. The editor would only take her word as she's the one reporting the story.
An editor (depending on the title) is in charge of writers and whether or not what they wrote is factually correct. The buck stops with them, not just the writer. Think of the varying editors as team leaders. This editor is in charge of political stories, this one is in charge of science stories, etc.
 

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While it was a dumb goof and a dumb article, I don't think the girl should have been fired over it
 

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This story and their small addition to the article, instead of a full retraction and correction is peak TDS.

Orange Man bad.
 
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While it was a dumb goof and a dumb article, I don't think the girl should have been fired over it
These smear articles need to die at this point, I think she made a career mistake posting an article about what he may be doing without any knowledge. So her getting fired is justified to send a message to the rest of these journalists that this shit won't be tolerated.
 

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These smear articles need to die at this point, I think she made a career mistake posting an article about what he may be doing without any knowledge. So her getting fired is justified to send a message to the rest of these journalists that this shit won't be tolerated.
Even if that's true, and it's been argued that wasn't the case, how is it all that different than what Newsweek and the rest of the MSM do everyday? Honestly, when you have one article that fully admits to being speculation about Thanksgiving plans (key word: "probably"), and you have hundreds of other articles intentionally omitting a key word in the impeachment trial, "presumption," which of those two seems like more of a violation of journalistic ethics?

Somebody wanted this woman fired, and they used this as the opportunity. I'm convinced. That, or Newsweek couldn't take even a slight amount of the criticism and judgement they dish out, even when they're in the right, which would be the case if she really did write the article based on the president's itinerary. Because if that's the case, this woman should never have been fired.
 

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So, she was given the task to write about Trump's Thanksgiving Plans a week ago. She submitted the article the day before Thanksgiving. If her deadline was early Thanksgiving Day, she did nothing wrong other than work for a shit outlet. Looks like she was just thrown under the bus here.
 
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So, she was given the task to write about Trump's Thanksgiving Plans a week ago. She submitted the article the day before Thanksgiving. If her deadline was early Thanksgiving Day, she did nothing wrong other than work for a shit outlet. Looks like she was just thrown under the bus here.
If it's true the timing gave her a hard time trying to fix the article (there was mention of an editor needing to correct it for her), that's one thing.

BUT, given her track record of dumping on Trump, her intentions are still shit.

The adjustments to her article still tried to downplay Trump was doing a military visit when it was first corrected by saying "and more". Yet some reason leaves in the golfing part in the headline, so it shows that her article was trying to piss people off making it look like his main focus was golf.

It took a few revisions and Newsweek fully adjusting the article to say Trump is visiting troops to make the article less bias.

Unfortunately, that's how the media is. Click bait shit and mostly left leaning. US media are terrible at this. Every once in a while someone will post headlines from US and UK media about the same topic and the US one is totally sensationalized like half the papers and websites are like the National Enquirer instead of acting like respectable news outlets. And by the looks of it, this Jessica Kwong chick is no different spewing junk.

As for the deadline itself, that's stupid too to give a "day before" limit, since who knows what someone actually does on Thanksgiving until you know it.

That's like saying all week Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch during Saturday's matinee game. The coach decides to change pitchers Saturday morning, yet every sports outlet still lists Kershaw as the starter. That would be stupid. Every respectable sports site would list the replacement pitcher as the starter.

If it does change pitchers, you got to axe Kershaw. If it turns out the coach flips flops again at the last minute and Kershaw does pitch, then you got to put him back and then have the boxscores reflect Kershaw is the starter after all.

After the game starts, that's it. Then the case is closed.
 
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If it's true the timing gave her a hard time trying to fix the article (there was mention of an editor needing to correct it for her), that's one thing.

BUT, given her track record of dumping on Trump, her intentions are still shit.

The adjustments to her article still tried to downplay Trump was doing a military visit when it was first corrected by saying "and more". Yet some reason leaves in the golfing part in the headline, so it shows that her article was trying to piss people off making it look like his main focus was golf.

It took a few revisions and Newsweek fully adjusting the article to say Trump is visiting troops to make the article less bias.

Unfortunately, that's how the media is. Click bait shit and mostly left leaning. US media are terrible at this. Every once in a while someone will post headlines from US and UK media about the same topic and the US one is totally sensationalized like half the papers and websites are like the National Enquirer instead of acting like respectable news outlets. And by the looks of it, this Jessica Kwong chick is no different spewing junk.

As for the deadline itself, that's stupid too to give a "day before" limit, since who knows what someone actually does on Thanksgiving until you know it.

That's like saying all week Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch during Saturday's matinee game. The coach decides to change pitchers Saturday morning, yet every sports outlet still lists Kershaw as the starter. That would be stupid. Every respectable sports site would list the replacement pitcher as the starter.

If it does change pitchers, you got to axe Kershaw. If it turns out the coach flips flops again at the last minute and Kershaw does pitch, then you got to put him back and then have the boxscores reflect Kershaw is the starter after all.

After the game starts, that's it. Then the case is closed.
My, her not doing anything wrong was in reference to how the article was created, not its content. No surprise it was a Trump hit piece. Almost all MSM is these days.
 

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So, she was given the task to write about Trump's Thanksgiving Plans a week ago. She submitted the article the day before Thanksgiving. If her deadline was early Thanksgiving Day, she did nothing wrong other than work for a shit outlet. Looks like she was just thrown under the bus here.
She did nothing wrong other than lie on a news story and fail to fact check it prior to publishing. Fake news. Well deserved firing. If this was some random blogger, that would be one thing, but journalists are not supposed to spread lies and propaganda. It’s about time they get held responsible.
 

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She did nothing wrong other than lie on a news story and fail to fact check it prior to publishing. Fake news. Well deserved firing. If this was some random blogger, that would be one thing, but journalists are not supposed to spread lies and propaganda. It’s about time they get held responsible.
She didn't lie based on the info available at the time the article was submitted. His schedule for the day was public, which is what she used to write the article, it didn't include the visit to Afghanistan. Again if her deadline was early on Thanksgiving there would have been no way for her to get the story right. It would be on her editor for making the deadline before the actual day.
 
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She didn't lie based on the info available at the time the article was submitted. His schedule for the day was public, which is what she used to write the article, it didn't include the visit to Afghanistan. Again if her deadline was early on Thanksgiving there would have been no way for her to get the story right. It would be on her editor for making the deadline before the actual day.
I think she needs to take legal action against Newsweek
 

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She didn't lie based on the info available at the time the article was submitted. His schedule for the day was public, which is what she used to write the article, it didn't include the visit to Afghanistan. Again if her deadline was early on Thanksgiving there would have been no way for her to get the story right. It would be on her editor for making the deadline before the actual day.
A journalist needs to fact check and not just go with what’s posted publicly at the time. I bet the Whitehouse would have confirmed the story was incorrect if she bothered to reach out and get confirmation, which she didn’t. Again, something journalists are supposed to do...
 

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her source was his public itinerary, i believe.
If that's the case, surprised this was considered fireable. There have been dozens of far, far more egregious and irresponsible pieces than this one.
 

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If that's the case, surprised this was considered fireable. There have been dozens of far, far more egregious and irresponsible pieces than this one.
The original article stated that it was.

President Donald Trump has been spending his Thanksgiving holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, which he calls the "winter White House," and this year is no exception.

On Thursday morning, the president sent out a tweet wishing Americans a happy Thanksgiving holiday:


HAPPY THANKSGIVING! pic.twitter.com/2GoxJEk6fN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2019
The president and first lady Melania Trump departed from Washington D.C. for the holiday weekend at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday afternoon. Trump held a campaign rally that evening in Sunrise, Florida, which is about 50 miles southwest of his resort, in which he claimed that there are people who want to change the name of Thanksgiving. His claim caused #WaronThanksgiving to trend on Twitter.

Trump proclaimed November 28, 2019, "as a National Day of Thanksgiving" to "encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings."

He spent Thanksgiving Eve, from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club. It was closed to the press, according to his public schedule
Reading through the original article, it was more about how he spent past Thanksgivings than how he would spend this one. Really odd that she was fired for this article.
 

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She didn't lie based on the info available at the time the article was submitted. His schedule for the day was public, which is what she used to write the article, it didn't include the visit to Afghanistan. Again if her deadline was early on Thanksgiving there would have been no way for her to get the story right. It would be on her editor for making the deadline before the actual day.
Lol, so she was forced to write pompus clickbait? Imagine had it been headlined along the lines of "The President has no special events for Thanksgiving", literally the same thing w/o the snark, she'd still have a job too.
 

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Lol, so she was forced to write pompus clickbait? Imagine had it been headlined along the lines of "The President has no special events for Thanksgiving", literally the same thing w/o the snark, she'd still have a job too.
headlines are usually chosen by editors.