Newsweek’s Jessica Kwongreported Thursday that Mr. Trump’s Thanksgiving plans included golfing and tweeting, leaving out his first-ever trip to Afghanistan. “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more,” the initial headline read.
But according to an editor’s note, the article was “substantially updated and edited” eight hours after its initial publication to reflect that Mr. Trump had made a surprise visit to the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The new headline for the story reads, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing — and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan.”
The president later retweeted his son’s post, adding, “I thought Newsweek was out of business?”
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2019
Ms. Kwong said later Thursday that she deleted her tweet that promoted the original story, calling it an “honest mistake.”
“Deleting this tweet because it was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan-an honest mistake,” she wrote. “Story has already been updated, as shown in the screenshot.”
“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 representative for the outlet 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.”
“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,” the Examiner reported, according to Ms. Kwong.
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