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Newsweek fired a reporter and demoted an editor for reporting Pres. Donald Trump was spending Thanksgiving “tweeting, golfing and more” when he ended up surprising troops in Afghanistan.

The trip was secret, and CNN noted that reporters on the trip with Trump “were not allowed to report on Trump’s visit until minutes before boarding Air Force One again to return to the US.”

A Newsweek spokesperson provided iMediaEthics the following statement:

“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, the reporter responsible was terminated and the editor was demoted. We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.

“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. This story did not meet the standards she has set.”

The Newsweek story, published Nov. 28 at 10:16 AM now has a note at the bottom reading:

This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 pm EST to reflect the president’s surprise trip to Afghanistan. Additional reporting by James Crowley.

The article was written by Jessica Kwong. On Twitter, Kwong noted that she deleted her tweet promoting the story because it was before she knew about Trump’s trip to Afghanistan. She called it an “honest mistake.”

Kwong told the Examiner she submitted the story on Wednesday. Kwong declined to comment to iMediaEthics on the record.

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Newsweek reporter fired, editor demoted for Trump Thanksgiving article

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