You think that media would have learned its lesson last year after NBC blared the headline that President Donald Trump had become the first president since 2002 not to visit troops or a military base at Christmastime.
But in fact, he was in Iraq visiting the troops.
This year they did it again, with Newsweek blaring the headline “How is Trump Spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, Golfing and More.”
The report by Jessica Kwong, the “political reporter covering the Trump administration and family,” which reads like a thinly-veiled hit piece also claimed he would be having 24 dishes like prior Thanksgivings (no, he and his family in prior years ate from what appears to be the Mar-a-Lago Club selection with a choice of different entrees and desserts, obviously not eating a 24 course meal). But phrasing it that way was meant to paint a view of excess and overindulgence.
While noting what Trump had done on the past two Thanksgivings as president, Kwong managed to leave out the critical detail that he also visited troops at a Coast Guard station both years and delivered meals.
The problem, of course, with the story is it was completely speculative, with no actual facts on what he was in fact doing on Thanksgiving, as we reported.
Trump was actually in Afghanistan having flown all night to arrive in time to serve the troops Thanksgiving dinner in Afghanistan at Bagram Airfield. He was not tweeting, golfing or having “24 dishes.” Trump met with and took photos with troops at a dining hall, met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and delivered a speech to service members during which he revealed that they’d reopened negotiations with the Taliban.
Many folks called out Newsweek on Twitter.
Then Trump had a simple message for Newsweek.
I thought Newsweek was out of business? https://t.co/3ro4eSJloo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2019
Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham also called Newsweek out.
President Trump calls out ‘Newsweek’ after the publication said he’d be golfing on Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/M3lEkChncR
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) November 29, 2019
Newsweek did update their story at 6:17 p.m. EST about six hours after the original story was published, with Kwong calling it an “honest mistake.”
Unfortunately, they and other media have a tendency to this kind of “mistake.” And they wonder why they are no longer trusted.
Who can forget this whopper that actually was written, distributed and had to be recalled?
— Jyoti (@jyotis92) November 29, 2019