Nikki Haley hammers NY Times over backfired hit piece: ‘They knew the facts and released the story anyway’


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley castigated The New York Times over its failed hit-piece about the cost of curtains in her apartment.

Haley slammed the newspaper for attempting to paint an anti-Trump picture in the article earlier this month, even though they “knew the facts” before publication.

“We’re stopping stories every day that aren’t truthful,” Haley said on Fox News’ “The Story” on Thursday. “I hadn’t even taken the job when these curtains were being picked up.”

The Times was forced to issue a clarification after its initial misleading story titled, “Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701″ focused on the curtains in Haley’s official New York City residence. The fact that the purchase was made by the Obama administration was buried several paragraphs into the story, giving the immediate impression that Haley and the Trump administration were responsible for the ridiculous expenditure.

“I hadn’t even taken the job when these curtains were picked out,” Haley told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.  “And so, the idea that this came out, we told the reporters that these were the facts. They knew the facts and they released the story anyway.”

Haley admitted that the Times story was just an example of what she and others in the administration deal with regularly.

“Unfortunately if you are in public service, this is the life we live every day. This is just a matter of, this one got through,” she said.

The original article initially had its intended effect, getting liberals offended by the State Department’s overspending. Of course, if they had read on in the article, they would have come across the real facts a few paragraphs into the story – something the Times was counting on readers not to do.

“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 story revealed.

The publication later corrected its misleading headline and the placement of the true facts.

But, as Haley noted, the “damage was done” already when the Times knowingly went with the first version.

Even former Parkland student David Hogg stepped in it when he demanded Haley “resign” for having the “audacity to misappropriate thousands of tax dollars for your own lavish lifestyle.”

Days later, Hogg was forced to eat crow along with the rest of the left, tweeting out his apologies to Haley and placing the blame for his lack of through reading on the Times because it “misreported” the facts.

“I appreciate the retraction but that story follows you wherever you go,” Haley said Thursday. “That’s the tough part about public lifestyle.”

The question is whether the New York Times learned anything in its failed attempt to shame Haley and President Donald Trump.

That seems a bit unlikely.


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