What are your opinions on this story?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/newsweek-fires-reporter-who-published-inaccurate-story-on-trumps-thanksgiving-day-plans

The above story was about the Newsweek article about how Trump was going to spend Thanksgiving. It was written before news was known about Trump’s surprise visit to the troops. The reporter was fired for writing a story that Trump would be golfing and tweeting. It showed Trump in a negative uncaring light. Should the reporter have been fired?

I remember getting the International Newsweek at one time. I enjoyed it back then. Back then I even enjoyed reading George Will’s articles.

Here is the Update on the above link.

UPDATE: Kwong told the Washington Examiner that she was assigned to write a story about what the president was doing on Thanksgiving a week in advance and filed it to her editors on Wednesday. Then, she explained that she sent a message to the editor on duty with the president’s latest actions and the editor published the piece. That editor decided to have a reporter write a new story on Trump’s surprise trip to Afghanistan, and neglected to update Kwong’s original piece in a timely manner.

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  1. I was surprised that the reporter got fired. Usually the Enemy of the People successfully hides malfeasance.

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  2. drlorentz:
    I was surprised that the reporter got fired. Usually the Enemy of the People successfully hides malfeasance.

    What malfeasance?

    What did she do wrong?

    Her editors wanted a story about Trump over Thanksgiving, but they wanted it before Thanksgiving (I am guessing so they could have a reduced crew on the holiday).

    And Team Trump did a deliberate misdirection to hide the fact that President Trump was going overseas.

    They were successful.   That is a good thing.   The journalists learned about it after the fact like everyone else.

    This particular journalist was simply the one who got caught first; the fact that Newsweek ran with it extra early was a risk the editors took, and now she is thrown out and under the bus?

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  3. Clearly, the editors let the snark get through:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191128212945/https://www.newsweek.com/trump-thanksgiving-plans-maralago-1474518

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/exclusive-newsweek-reporter-fired-for-trump-thanksgiving-story-blames-editor

    Had I been asked to write the story, I would perhaps have done something similar with less snark. Also, being a reasonably intelligent and educated person, I would have noted the possibility of a surprise trip a la Bush.

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  4. Contrast this with the housecleaning that should have occurred after the Covington defamation but didn’t.

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  5. UPDATE: Kwong told the Washington Examiner that she was assigned to write a story about what the president was doing on Thanksgiving a week in advance and filed it to her editors on Wednesday. Then, she explained that she sent a message to the editor on duty with the president’s latest actions and the editor published the piece. That editor decided to have a reporter write a new story on Trump’s surprise trip to Afghanistan, and neglected to update Kwong’s original piece in a timely manner.

    I’d say fire the editors who asked for the story with no information to base it on.  That reminds me of managers when I was working in product development who would announce that we were taking the “High Risk, High Reward” path and doing something like testing the design in parallel with going into production.  When the risk would inevitably rise up and bite them in the …, they would start looking for scapegoats.

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  6. WillowSpring:
    UPDATE: Kwong told the Washington Examiner that she was assigned to write a story about what the president was doing on Thanksgiving a week in advance and filed it to her editors on Wednesday. Then, she explained that she sent a message to the editor on duty with the president’s latest actions and the editor published the piece. That editor decided to have a reporter write a new story on Trump’s surprise trip to Afghanistan, and neglected to update Kwong’s original piece in a timely manner.

    I’d say fire the editors who asked for the story with no information to base it on.  That reminds me of managers when I was working in product development who would announce that we were taking the “High Risk, High Reward” path and doing something like testing the design in parallel with going into production.  When the risk would inevitably rise up and bite them in the …, they would start looking for scapegoats.

    It’s bad luck to be the lowest person on the totem pole when something like this rolls around.

    Of course, it’s also bad luck to just make stuff up when you’re supposed to be writing a news story.

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  7. MJBubba:

    drlorentz:
    I was surprised that the reporter got fired. Usually the Enemy of the People successfully hides malfeasance.

    What malfeasance?

    What did she do wrong?

    Her editors wanted a story about Trump over Thanksgiving, but they wanted it before Thanksgiving (I am guessing so they could have a reduced crew on the holiday).

    And Team Trump did a deliberate misdirection to hide the fact that President Trump was going overseas.

    They were successful.   That is a good thing.   The journalists learned about it after the fact like everyone else.

    This particular journalist was simply the one who got caught first; the fact that Newsweek ran with it extra early was a risk the editors took, and now she is thrown out and under the bus?

    Someone has to be first under the bus. And, yes, she did something wrong. Just because she wasn’t the first, so what?

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  8. WillowSpring:
    I’d say fire the editors who asked for the story with no information to base it on.

    I say, fire ’em all. The reporter might not be the only guilty party but she is guilty as all sin. She could have said, “Why, no, I will not fabricate information to fit your narrative.” She’s complicit.

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  9. 10 Cents:

    Newsweek was performing so poorly that owner Washington Post sold it in 2010 for one dollar.   From Wikipedia:

    Revenue declines prompted an August 2010 sale by owner The Washington Post Company to audio pioneer Sidney Harman—for a purchase price of one dollar and an assumption of the magazine’s liabilities.[3] Later that year, Newsweek merged with the news and opinion website The Daily Beast, forming The Newsweek Daily Beast CompanyNewsweek was jointly owned by the estate of Harman and the diversified American media and Internet company IAC.[4][5] In 2013, IBT Media announced it had acquired Newsweek from IAC; the acquisition included the Newsweek brand and its online publication, but did not include The Daily Beast.[6] IBT Media rebranded itself as Newsweek Media Group in 2017, but returned to IBT Media in 2018 after making Newsweek independent.[7]

    I think America and their stockholders would be better off if IBT Media would simply close Newsweek and salvage whatever cash they could from the flotsam and jetsam of the dregs of journalism.

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  10. drlorentz:

    WillowSpring:
    I’d say fire the editors who asked for the story with no information to base it on.

    I say, fire ’em all. The reporter might not be the only guilty party but she is guilty as all sin. She could have said, “Why, no, I will not fabricate information to fit your narrative.” She’s complicit.

    Isn’t fabricating things to fit a narrative what modern journalism is about today? The thing is not to get caught at doing it.

    “Sacrifice must be given to the Great Bus to appease the “evil” spirits. Hopefully one sacrifice will be enough.”

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  11. MJBubba:

    10 Cents:

    Newsweek was performing so poorly that owner Washington Post sold it in 2010 for one dollar.   From Wikipedia:

    Revenue declines prompted an August 2010 sale by owner The Washington Post Company to audio pioneer Sidney Harman—for a purchase price of one dollar and an assumption of the magazine’s liabilities.[3] Later that year, Newsweek merged with the news and opinion website The Daily Beast, forming The Newsweek Daily Beast CompanyNewsweek was jointly owned by the estate of Harman and the diversified American media and Internet company IAC.[4][5] In 2013, IBT Media announced it had acquired Newsweek from IAC; the acquisition included the Newsweek brand and its online publication, but did not include The Daily Beast.[6] IBT Media rebranded itself as Newsweek Media Group in 2017, but returned to IBT Media in 2018 after making Newsweek independent.[7]

    I think America and their stockholders would be better off if IBT Media would simply close Newsweek and salvage whatever cash they could from the flotsam and jetsam of the dregs of journalism.

    I remember paying more than a dollar per issue. If I had only known I could have been a well respected publisher of a marquee publication.

    I got stuck with this.

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  12. 10 Cents:
    Isn’t fabricating things to fit a narrative what modern journalism is about today? The thing is not to get caught at doing it.

    Yes but “everyone else does it” is not a defense. Gotta start somewhere. This is as good a place as any.

    More and faster, please.

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  13. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    Isn’t fabricating things to fit a narrative what modern journalism is about today? The thing is not to get caught at doing it.

    Yes but “everyone else does it” is not a defense. Gotta start somewhere. This is as good a place as any.

    More and faster, please.

    I just they would catch someone I have heard about. This is the Great White Minnow, Captain Ahab.

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  14. 10 Cents:

    drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    Isn’t fabricating things to fit a narrative what modern journalism is about today? The thing is not to get caught at doing it.

    Yes but “everyone else does it” is not a defense. Gotta start somewhere. This is as good a place as any.

    More and faster, please.

    I just they would catch someone I have heard about. This is the Great White Minnow, Captain Ahab.

    Small steps, small steps.

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  15. MJBubba:

    drlorentz:
    I was surprised that the reporter got fired. Usually the Enemy of the People successfully hides malfeasance.

    What malfeasance?

    What did she do wrong?

    Her editors wanted a story about Trump over Thanksgiving, but they wanted it before Thanksgiving (I am guessing so they could have a reduced crew on the holiday).

    And Team Trump did a deliberate misdirection to hide the fact that President Trump was going overseas.

    They were successful.   That is a good thing.   The journalists learned about it after the fact like everyone else.

    This particular journalist was simply the one who got caught first; the fact that Newsweek ran with it extra early was a risk the editors took, and now she is thrown out and under the bus?

    Awwww….are you afraid that if we don’t go out of our way to be scrupulously fair to Wrong Kwong, that, uh, maybe, just maybe,   the Dems won’t play fair with us?    Gee, that possibility never occurred to me!  Thanks!

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  16. Hypatia:

    MJBubba:

    drlorentz:
    I was surprised that the reporter got fired. Usually the Enemy of the People successfully hides malfeasance.

    What malfeasance?

    What did she do wrong?

    Her editors wanted a story about Trump over Thanksgiving, but they wanted it before Thanksgiving (I am guessing so they could have a reduced crew on the holiday).

    And Team Trump did a deliberate misdirection to hide the fact that President Trump was going overseas.

    They were successful.   That is a good thing.   The journalists learned about it after the fact like everyone else.

    This particular journalist was simply the one who got caught first; the fact that Newsweek ran with it extra early was a risk the editors took, and now she is thrown out and under the bus?

    Awwww….are you afraid that if we don’t go out of our way to be scrupulously fair to Wrong Kwong, that, uh, maybe, just maybe,   the Dems won’t play fair with us?    Gee, that possibility never occurred to me!  Thanks!

    No; the possibility that Dems would play fair with anyone never occurred to me, either.

    I was just curious as to why any “journalist” at any level would ever see consequences.   The whole “profession” of journalism has abandoned everything they teach in that required class on “The Ethics of Journalism.”  Every one of them made an “A” in that class, and none of them mind in the slightest to violate those principles if they are reporting on any topic related to politics or culture.

    In fact, the only times I recall even very minor consequences for failure to get the facts right in the past decade were all related to police blotter stories and sports.

    What made this case any different?

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