“Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime”. That was the headline of Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner’s article for NBC News.
And, excerpted below it, there was this:
On Christmas Day, President Donald Trump took part in a long-running practice of presidents who called troops stationed around the country and the world.
But he broke from a recent tradition of actually visiting troops and wounded warriors.
By staying home on Tuesday, Trump became the first president since 2002 who didn’t visit military personnel around Christmastime.
That’s pretty damning. Trump nice and comfy at The White House or maybe Mar-a-Lago, instead of going on the traditional Christmastime tour of our troops.
On Tuesday, President Trump and First Lady Melania were flying to Iraq to visit our troops there.
So how did NBC news handle this self-created mess?
By putting up the following Editor’s Note at the beginning of the story:
On Wednesday, NBC News compiled a list of every Christmastime visit to active troops by a president since 2001. That list, as detailed in the article below, showed that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama visited troops on or before Christmas every year since 2003, and President Donald Trump did so in 2017. As of the end of Christmas Day 2018, Trump had not visited troops during the holiday season, and had announced no plans to do so. The article was correct, but on Dec. 26, the situation changed. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, made an unannounced visit to troops in Iraq. As a result, the thrust of this article is no longer correct, even if it was at the time. In the interest of transparency, we are keeping the article on NBCNews.com so that the record will reflect the situation on the day the article was published, and are directing readers to the article about Trump’s Iraq visit here. We are also altering one line in the article, as well as the headline, to be more specific and to note that Trump was the first president since 2002 who didn’t visit military personnel on or before Christmas, rather than at Christmastime.
In other words, “Well, technically we were correct because while Trump flew to Iraq on Christmas he didn’t get there until the day after. And since we couldn’t wait to put up our latest hit piece on him as soon as possible, we wound up with an article that turned out to be technically correct but, in reality, wrong. So, yeah, we admit he did visit the troops at Christmastime. Dammit”.
And then they wonder why fewer and fewer people trust them?