President Trump royally roasted Newsweek after they reported Thursday he spent Thanksgiving golfing and tweeting. In fact, the president was secretly traveling to Afghanistan to visit deployed American troops. It was a whirlwind 36-hour trip. “I thought Newsweek was out of business?” Trump wrote on Twitter, sharing a screenshot of the article and photos of him with the troops in Afghanistan posted by his son Donald Trump Jr. “Fake news gonna fake!” Trump Jr. wrote.
The Newsweek story, first published at 10:16 am was later hastily updated to reflect the president’s visit. “This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 pm EST to reflect the president’s surprise trip to Afghanistan,” read an editor’s note after Trump Jr. mocked the news outlet. But by then, it was way too late. Their rush to spread fake news had hoisted them by their own petard. Epic.
The Washington Post sold Newsweek in 2010 for a single dollar and changed hands several times before ending its print magazine in 2012. In 2018, Newsweek split from IBT Media into a standalone company. It’s a pale shadow of its former self and pretty much roundly ignored.
A similar situation happened when President Trump visited the troops in Iraq during Christmas in 2018. NBC News reported Trump was the first president since 2002 not to visit the troops at Christmastime, while he was secretly traveling to Iraq, prompting widespread ridicule from Trump staff and his supporters. Again, they hate Trump so much that they make fools of themselves before seeing what actually happened. It’s beautiful in its own way.
Newsweek political reporter Jessica Kwong tweeted Thursday morning, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more,” including a link to an article she wrote speculating on the president’s plans. She should be fired for that but given Newsweek’s circumstances, they probably can’t afford to let her go.
After the news broke that Trump was actually spending his holiday with American troops in Afghanistan, Kwong deleted the tweet and sent a follow-up explaining her original story “was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan.” She referred to the blunder as “an honest mistake.” You call that an ‘honest mistake?’ These people don’t even know what the truth is anymore.
I thought Newsweek was out of business? https://t.co/3ro4eSJloo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2019
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham corrected Newsweek, tweeting, “Hi @Newsweek – we’re actually on our way back from Afghanistan right now. @RealDonaldTrump served Thanksgiving dinner to members of the military & thanked them for their incredible service to our country. Standing by for you to delete this completely false tweet.”
After deleting the tweet, Newsweek did not issue a correction to Kwong’s story. Figures. I would expect nothing less from a former magazine not even worthy of being fish wrap.
This Thanksgiving, we are thankful to all who wear our Nation's uniform, allowing us to celebrate in safety and peace. pic.twitter.com/OSExmXwqdH
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 28, 2019
“There’s nowhere I’d rather spend Thanksgiving than with the toughest, fiercest warriors,” Trump said in an address to the troops. “I’m here to say Happy Thanksgiving and thank you very much. As president of the United States, I have no higher honor than serving as commander in chief.”
As Twitchy put it, “While many others in America were eating turkey for Thanksgiving, Newsweek opted for a large helping of crow.” And more… ‘“Substantially updated” should be the media’s nickname, especially in the era of the Trump presidency.” Oof.
Happy Birthday @Scavino45 one of my favorite people at the WH and one of the most talented people I know. (Photo of us reading NBC story about @POTUS not visiting the troops, while he’s visiting the troops in Iraq and Germany over Christmas). pic.twitter.com/2Kp26F8SRI
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) January 15, 2019
The president snuck out of his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago and traveled to an undisclosed airport on Wednesday evening where he took a small, unmarked plane to Joint Base Andrews, in Maryland. From there, he boarded Air Force One which was hidden in a hangar instead of waiting on the tarmac
Trump’s team implemented extreme security measures on this trip and only a very few individuals even knew about it. They did not trust the media on board and took their cellphones etc. for the trip.
One wonders if part of all this was to watch the media smear egg all over their own faces as they inevitably got the story totally wrong. Mission accomplished.
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) November 29, 2019
Hi @Newsweek – we’re actually on our way back from Afghanistan right now. @realDonaldTrump served Thanksgiving dinner to members of the military & thanked them for their incredible service to our country. Standing by for you to delete this completely false tweet. https://t.co/trYHUNtgxf
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) November 28, 2019
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
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 28, 2019
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
Oof, that's GOTTA sting, @JessicaGKwong
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) November 29, 2019
😂 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
If you’ve got a dollar, you can buy Newsweek! pic.twitter.com/rwHBEIHPYJ
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) November 29, 2019
— It_Never_Matters_Anyway (@Buck_McCray) November 29, 2019
How did Trump spend Thanksgiving? Surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan https://t.co/K0ptJv7gJu
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 29, 2019