An editor at Newsweek magazine admitted on Tucker Carlson Tonight that the magazine hadn’t even proofread a commemorative issue honoring Hillary Clinton before having it distributed in anticipation of her winning the 2016 presidential election.
Like many others, Newsweek believed Clinton was a strong favorite to defeat Donald Trump in November’s election. Seeking to take advantage of her win, the company printed out 125,000 copies of a commemorative issue honoring the triumph of “Madam President,” and even had Clinton sign some of them.
Though the issue was hastily recalled after Trump’s victory, the issue has still leaked out, and its contents have made Newsweek the subject of ridicule. Coming in for particular derision was the magazine’s introduction, which bashes Trump’s “deplorable” supporters and their “fear and hate-based conservatism” while praising Clinton for her “issue-based campaign” and status as allegedly the most experienced president-elect ever. (RELATED: Did An 8th Grader Write Newsweek’s Retracted Madame President Edition?)
On Wednesday’s night’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Newsweek political editor Matt Cooper appeared to defend the issue’s content. But during the appearance, Cooper admitted that he and other Newsweek editors hadn’t read its content in advance, and didn’t know who wrote it.
“The writing in this is, shall we say, not up to the editorial standards of Newsweek,” Cooper admitted to Carlson.
Carlson responded by asking who on Newsweek’s staff wrote the subpar content.
“Well, no one on our staff wrote it,” Cooper said. “We subcontract out to a company.”
“But when you read it before it went out, what did you say?” Carlson asked.
“Well, no, we didn’t [read it],” Cooper admitted. “We subcontract these commemorative issues to a company … so it’s sort of been done on a separate track, and we did not review it before it went out.”
Carlson was baffled, and speculated about what would have happened if the company had gone rogue and published the text of Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler’s memoir, in the commemorative issue.
“Well, if they had reprinted Mein Kampf, that would be even worse,” Cooper said.
Henceforth, Cooper said, Newsweek would work harder to police the content of commemorative issues bearing its name.
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