(TNS) In another time, if a reporter got a story so spectacularly wrong because he/she failed to do even basic research to corroborate facts, they would have been fired without hesitation and lucky to ever work in the industry again.
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But the Trump presidency has changed that dynamic or, rather, “Trump Derangement Syndrome” has changed it.
No longer are journalists in the Garbage Party’s ‘mainstream media’ even required by editors to do basic fact checks before filing ‘news’ stories about this president.
Literally, it’s the journalistic equivalent of the “anything goes” doctrine.
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On Thursday while most Americans were enjoying Thanksgiving Day with their families, Newsweek’s Jessica Kwong was writing a piece disparaging President Trump for daring to relax a bit on a holiday by “playing golf and tweeting.”
In fact, the president was enroute to Afghanistan to help feed at least some U.S. military personnel a Thanksgiving dinner.
Did Kwong eat some humble pie? Did her editors fire her on the spot for being so spectacularly wrong? No and no.
She tweeted out a weak mea culpa as though failing to do basic research for an article was just an “honest mistake.”
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
Gee whiz, guys, oopsie!Â Sorry!
Why would you write the story without having any of the facts?
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 29, 2019
We get operational security involving presidential travel, but as one person pointed out, reporters aren’t supposed to just make stuff up out of thin air.
This was my exact question… the entire original story had no basis in fact and was just speculation.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 29, 2019
In a normal world, Kwong would be looking for a job this morning. Trump hate doesn’t excuse lousy journalism and factually incorrect reporting.
No wonder more Americans have virtually no trust in the ‘mainstream’ media.
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