- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2018

The New York Times edited its report Friday about curtains in Nikki Haley’s official residence as U.N. ambassador after it sparked a wave of criticism online.

“An earlier version of this article and headline created an unfair impression about who was responsible for the purchase in question,” the correction reads. “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.”

The Times reported that the State Department spent $52,701 for “customized and mechanized curtains” in Ms. Haley’s apartment. However, five paragraphs into the earlier story, Ms. Haley’s spokesman revealed that the plans originated during the Obama administration.

“A spokesman for Ms. Haley said plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration,” the report read.

Ms. Haley’s spokesman told The Times that the U.N. ambassador did not have a choice in picking out the curtains.

The article framed this decision in light of the hiring freeze at the State Department. It pointed out that the order and installation overlapped with proposed budget cuts in the State Department, dropped projects, and the number of Americans representing the country in the U.N. General Assembly.

Two Obama-era officials had opposite opinions on the purchase.

“How can you, on the one hand, tell diplomats that basic needs cannot be met and, on the other hand, spend more than $50,000 on a customized curtain system for the ambassador to the U.N.?” former White House official Brett Bruen told The Times.

Patrick Kennedy, who was the head management official in former President Barack Obama’s State Department, told The Times that the lease is in the government’s name. He argued the apartment was an investment for the government as it would serve the ambassador’s needs for entertainment and security.

“All she’s got is a part-time maid, and the ability to open and close the curtains quickly is important,” Mr. Kennedy said.

Several journalists slammed the article on Twitter and argued it was misleading.


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