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Newsweek editor makes major admission about leaked 'Madam President' issue

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton signs an autograph on a Newsweek "Madam President" commemorative issue backstage after a Nov. 7 campaign rally in Pittsburgh. Clinton lost the election to Republican nominee Donald Trump the next day. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Newsweek editor is now admitting that nobody on the magazine's staff actually proofread an article — released ahead of the Nov. 8 election — presuming a Hillary Clinton presidential victory while bashing Donald Trump supporters.

According to Newsweek political editor Matt Cooper, the magazine outsourced its commemorative election issue to a subcontractor, as many newspapers and magazines often do for special occasions. The subcontractor was hired to produce an article and cover in case Hillary Clinton won the presidency, and another in case Donald Trump won.

Because it was widely assumed that Clinton would win the election, Newsweek printed about 125,000 issues before Election Day with the words "Madam President" on the cover. But somehow, even after the election was called for Trump, more Clinton issues were leaked.

The leaked issues were immediately recalled, but by that time the damage was already done. Aside from this problem, the written piece itself, as it would have been published had Clinton won the election, was stunningly biased.

"It's Soviet in its devotion to Hillary Clinton," Fox News host Tucker Carlson said during an interview with Cooper that aired Wednesday night.

Cooper agreed, calling the words in the article, "embarrassing."

The article read, in part: the tone of the election grew darker and more bizarre by the day, President-elect Hillary Clinton "went high" when her opponent went even lower. No stranger to trudging through the mire of misogyny in her career as first lady, senator and secretary of state, President-elect Clinton continued to push for an issues-based campaign even as a handful of Trump's most deplorable supporters, seeing the wide margin Clinton held among female voters, called to repeal the 19th Amendment. On Election Day, Americans across the country roundly rejected the kind of fear and hate-based conservatism peddled by Donald Trump and elected the first woman in U.S. history to the presidency.

“The writing in this is — shall we say — not up to the editorial standards of Newsweek,” Cooper said.

Carlson pressed Cooper further, and later discovered the reason the article did not meet Newsweek's editorial standards is because it was never actually proofread by anyone who works directly for Newsweek.

“But when you read it before it went out, what did you say?” Carlson asked.

“Well, no, we didn’t [read the article],” Cooper replied. “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.”

Cooper added that, even though none of the magazine's editors read the piece, Newsweek is still "ultimately responsible" for what is printed under its banner.

"Look, I hear you, it's got the Newsweek name on it. Ultimately, we're going to bear responsibility for it," Cooper said.

(H/T: Daily Caller)

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