We told you earlier today that one of Newsweek’s political reporters helped inadvertently validate Trump’s frequent slams on the “fake news media” after being forced to backpedal on an initial report that the president was spending Thanksgiving golfing and tweeting from south Florida:
More like NewsWEAK: Newsweek journo ROASTED after ‘correcting’ her story claiming Trump spent Thanksgiving ‘golfing and tweeting’ https://t.co/X0skFXFuTi
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 29, 2019
Oh, but there seemed to be an added element to the president’s weekend that the press wasn’t aware of (not that it obviously didn’t stop some from promoting speculation as news). As it turned out there was a little more than just golfing and tweeting going on:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 28, 2019
After that news broke, Newsweek’s political reporter had to reel her original tweet back in for emergency deletion and update:
Trump headed to Afghanistan to surprise U.S. troops on Thanksgiving https://t.co/f7Xeqz1ZGQ Deleting this tweet because it was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan-an honest mistake. Story has already been updated, as shown in the screenshot. pic.twitter.com/g9CfPaV2kQ
— Jessica Kwong (@JessicaGKwong) November 29, 2019
But by then it was too late. The original Newsweek report had already caught the eye of Donald Trump Jr., and in turn that captured the attention of President Trump, who responded to Newsweek this way:
I thought Newsweek was out of business? https://t.co/3ro4eSJloo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2019
Oof, that's GOTTA sting, @JessicaGKwong
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) November 29, 2019
If the MSM is tired of getting burned, maybe they should stop providing Trump with the matches.
? They are.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) November 29, 2019
In the 70’s Newsweek was a staple at my house.
Honest journalism. Stories of interest. Now I wouldn’t wrap dead fish in it.
— Southern Doc (@cognac62) November 29, 2019
And the MSM and liberal print wonder why we call them fake news!
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) November 29, 2019
It would be nice if the media could at least acknowledge their contributions to the tarnishing of their own reputation from time to time.
If you’ve got a dollar, you can buy Newsweek! pic.twitter.com/rwHBEIHPYJ
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) November 29, 2019
Fact check: TRUE.
It all made for quite an impressive shot and chaser from Newsweek. The shot:
— It_Never_Matters_Anyway (@Buck_McCray) November 29, 2019
And the backpedaling chaser:
How did Trump spend Thanksgiving? Surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan https://t.co/K0ptJv7gJu
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 29, 2019
While many others in America were eating turkey for Thanksgiving, Newsweek opted for a large helping of crow.
After the dust settled, the Newsweek headline underwent some modification:
The Newsweek story now contains this update:
This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 pm EST to reflect the president’s surprise trip to Afghanistan.
“Substantially updated” should be the media’s nickname, especially in the era of the Trump presidency.