Newsweek Reporter Fired for Thanksgiving Fake News
A Newsweek reporter has been fired after spreading heinous fake news on Thanksgiving Day, claiming that President Donald Trump had chosen to spend the holiday “tweeting and golfing-” while he was actually making a surprise visit to troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Jessica Kwong made the claim in a tweet sent from her account at around noon on Thursday.
Curiously, the tweet included a link to an article that accurately described the President’s surprise visit to Afghanistan. It seems that Kwong simply assumed that Trump would spend his Thanksgiving Day “tweeting and golfing” beforehand, preparing the tweet without any real research or verification into how the Thanksgiving holiday would actually be celebrated by the President.
Kwong was sharply ratioed on Twitter for her fake news, and was forced to go on and delete the tweet.
Prominent conservatives such as Donald Trump Jr. fired back to rebuke the dishonest reporter for her heinous fake news. Kwong doesn’t appear to have issued a full-fledged apology, instead merely deleting the tweet and proceeding as if her mistake only required a minor correction.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Newsweek seeking clarification in the wake of Kwong’s fake reporting, and the legacy mainstream media outlet announced that they had fired Kwong.
“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. 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.”
Kwong is yet to tweet again since being fired from Newsweek and being rebuked for fake news. The outlet seems content to throw her under the bus and ignore fundamental underlying fake news problems prevalent within its reporting, but its credibility remains deeply tarnished.