Newsweek demotes editor after firing reporter over botched Trump-Thanksgiving story

Lawrence Kim
December 3, 2019

Newsweek's headline was: "How is Trump spending Thanksgiving?".

TPM reached out to Newsweek editors for comment.

Newsweek did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

The editor was not named.

The publication terminated Jessica Kwong, who authored the original piece.

Reports began emerging that Trump was in Afghanistan at 1:56 p.m. EST on November 28.

"From the start of her tenure as editor in chief of Newsweek, Nancy Cooper has moved the newsroom toward strong reporting, such as the scoop on Baghdadi's killing, and away from knee-jerk political snarkiness", the spokesperson said, adding, "This story did not meet the standards she has set". "Tweeting, golfing - and surprising USA troops in Afghanistan" - and included a note. "Tweeting, golfing and more". Trump left Florida late Wednesday. Inside the story, it says the president golfed the day before Thanksgiving.

The article was edited hours after it was published, which included changing the headline to: "How is Trump spending Thanksgiving?"

Newsweek said in a statement to the Washington Examiner that "the story has been corrected".

She said she later contacted the editor on duty when news of Trump's Afghanistan stop became public to say her story should be updated.

A Newsweek reporter was sacked for writing an article that claimed President Trump would be "Tweeting, golfing and more" on Thanksgiving before the commander-in-chief made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to visit USA troops on the holiday. "The story has been corrected, the reporter responsible was terminated and the editor was demoted. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action".

Kwong said what happened was an "honest mistake" in a statement posted on Twitter, adding that the article "was written before knowing about the president's surprise visit to Afghanistan".

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