The liberal New York Times is taking fire for publishing a misleading hit piece on U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for supposedly ordering the State Department to purchase $52,701 motorized curtains for her official residence.
The headline of the piece reads: “Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.” Gardiner Harris, writing for the Times, leads his story reporting that the State Department spent tens of thousands of dollars on “customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows” in the U.N. ambassador’s official residence in New York.
But six paragraphs in, the article acknowledges that a spokesperson for Haley said the plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration and before Haley was appointed ambassador.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) September 14, 2018
Conservative Review’s national security correspondent, Jordan Schachtel, noted that a statement like that from Haley’s spox should have killed the New York Times story.
NYT likely had the scoop all packaged and ready prior to reaching out. The on the record comment should have killed the entire story, because it rendered the whole critique illegitimate, but NYT had a narrative to deliver.https://t.co/tDClqAs6fx
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) September 14, 2018
But several Times reporters uncritically tweeted the headline, failing to mention that Haley had no say in the purchase.
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) September 14, 2018
State Dept., suffering from budget cuts, paid $52,000 for curtains in Nikki Haley’s Manhattan apartment. Scoop by @GardinerHarris. https://t.co/JOnhgPajxJ The rent is $58,000 per month. Taxpayer funded.
— Edward Wong (@comradewong) September 14, 2018
The State Department spent $52,701 last year buying customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in Nikki Haley’s official residence as ambassador to the United Nation @GardinerHarris https://t.co/yO9ThdULQO
— Danielle Ivory (@danielle_ivory) September 14, 2018
For $52,701, Nikki Haley’s new taxpayer-funded curtains better be special. https://t.co/CmCMUoXQk9
— (((JonathanWeisman))) (@jonathanweisman) September 14, 2018
THe Nikki Haley curtains thing shows once again that the #GOP are the party of fiscal responsibility …
— Marie Myung-Ok Lee [이 명옥] (@MarieMyungOkLee) September 14, 2018
Other liberals shared the junk headline too.
Kyle from MSNBC repeats the thoroughly debunked "Nikki Haley's curtains" narrativehttps://t.co/82worY7LKN
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) September 14, 2018
🔥GRIFTER🔥@StateDept spent $52,701 on customized & mechanized curtains for windows in @nikkihaley’s official residence as ambassador to the @UN, while the @StateDept was undergoing deep budget cuts & had frozen hiring.
She’s too LAZY to pull a cord⁉️https://t.co/EDnvFDRDD7
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) September 14, 2018
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) September 14, 2018
More @GOP corruption and waste: The State Department spent $52,701 buying curtains for @NikkiHaley's official residence as U.N. ambassador, just as the department was undergoing budget cuts and had frozen hiring. https://t.co/7jrhKhNmEh
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) September 14, 2018
Our Ambassador to the United Nations paid $51,000 for curtains. And a $58,000 per month rented apartment. The median household income is about $58,000 per year. https://t.co/B80mn4uyGL
— Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) September 14, 2018
This is not okay. As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I call on @HouseForeign Chairman @RepEdRoyce to hold an oversight hearing on @StateDept spending on @nikkihaley and her deputy. https://t.co/c2ipX1s79d
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 14, 2018
Conservatives, lawmakers, and other MSM journalists bashed the Times and other publications running with that headline for the dishonest spin.
Fake News Alert 🚨
Here’s additional evidence of the media’s continued efforts to mislead, and lie to, Americans without any shame. The OBAMA ADMINISTRATION bought these curtains. 👇🏻👇🏻 https://t.co/Ebje7W2Dhk
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) September 14, 2018
No, Nikki Haley didn't purchase those curtains.
Obama's admin purchased the $52k curtains.
You liars. https://t.co/GQ8u3LNukS
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) September 14, 2018
This headline is deliberately misleading @NYTimes and you ought to be ashamed. Curtains ordered during Obama presidency. Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701. https://t.co/WlVEOERDLD
— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) September 14, 2018
Perfect example of how journos in the Trump era decide what the story is before they gather any of the facts.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) September 14, 2018
Six graphs in before they tell you Obama's Administration ordered the damn curtains. A better headline would be, "Haley Fails To Cancel Obama Era Curtain Order."https://t.co/OFj49FfmdA
— Did you… read the article? (@bungarsargon) September 14, 2018
Why Massive Mainstream Media Distrust?
Headlines: State Department Spent $52,200 on Nikki Haley apartment curtains
Media Reaction: Outrage
Fact: Curtains order under Obama administration
Media Reaction: Crickets (looking for next outrage)
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) September 14, 2018
Why people distrust the NY Times, Part 8,967,465. Breathlessly announces curtains in Nikki Haley's official residence cost $52,701 at a time of "deep budget cuts." Forgets to mention curtains had been ordered in 2016 by Obama admin. #FakeNews #Hackeryhttps://t.co/arXHzUAQpy
— Roger Kimball (@rogerkimball) September 14, 2018
Misleading headline. Few are reading past the first couple grafs. And now most of Twitter thinks @nikkihaley is like Pruitt or Price when she’s not. How irresponsible. Read the whole story. Also the rent is less expensive than previous admins https://t.co/XpeZzi2wg9
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 14, 2018
Want an example of subtle ways media pushes their bias? See this completely false & misleading headline about @nikkihaley. They are not “her curtains” & buried deep in story is the fact that this purchase was made under Obama administration. https://t.co/fus7Ds6pEc
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 14, 2018
The best part of this journalistic disgrace is the quote from a former Obama official who criticizes purchasing the curtains and then defends it in the next breath on security grounds https://t.co/kxknsuqEfr
— Jamie Kirchick (@jkirchick) September 14, 2018
Like Trump feeding the Koi, this Nikki Haley curtain story is a sorry reflection of the current state of our press. They don’t actually report “news”. https://t.co/OliM4g2PiO
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) September 14, 2018
Really hard to defend the press from Trump attacks about fake news when they're running stories attacking people like @nikkihaley for curtains her predecessor ordered.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 14, 2018
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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