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NY Times Corrects ‘Unfair’ Report About Pricey Curtains for UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

“The article should not have focused on Ms. Haley,” paper says in rare editor’s note

Last Updated: September 14, 2018 @ 12:54 PM

The New York Times on Friday corrected a story that it said created an “unfair impression” that Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spent more than $50,000 on posh new curtains at her official New York City residence.

The original story said the State Department paid for “customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in Nikki R. Haley’s official residence” to the tune of $52,701.

The problem, though, was that the story noted several paragraphs later the lavish expense was commissioned before Haley was appointed in early 2017.

“A spokesman for Ms. Haley said plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration. Ms. Haley had no say in the purchase, he said,” the Times noted in its story.

In a rare editors note added to top of the story, the paper wrote: “An earlier version of this article and headline created an unfair impression about who was responsible for the purchase in question.

“While Nikki R. Haley is the current ambassador to the United Nations, the decision on leasing the ambassador’s residence and purchasing the curtains was made during the Obama administration, according to current and former officials.”

The editor’s note continued: “The article should not have focused on Ms. Haley, nor should a picture of her have been used. The article and headline have now been edited to reflect those concerns, and the picture has been removed.”

Soon after publishing late Thursday, the story and its initial headline — “Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701” — was widely circulated.

Many on the left viewed it as another example of lavish spending of taxpayer dollars by another Trump administration official.

Others noted the story’s misleading headline.