New York Times Regrets “Unfair” Implication of Nikki Haley in Article

The NYT added an editor's note to a Thursday story about Haley's residence in New York.

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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley chairs a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at UN headquarters, September 17, 2018 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Was it really all the news that was fit to print? The New York Times added an editors’ note to a Thursday story about how the State Department had spent $52,701 for curtains at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Only it turns out those curtains were ordered under the Obama Administration, a point buried deep in the article.

The Times’ note said that a photo of Haley should not have been included with the story, which was headlined “Nikki Haley’s View of New York is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.” The piece received considerable blowback, according to The Hill. 

The headline was later changed to read “State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Nikki Haley’s Residence,” but the original headline remains on a story the paper tweeted.

According to The Hill, the editors’ note now attached to the story said the article and headline “created an unfair impression” about those responsible for the “purchase in question.”

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

It goes on to say, “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.”

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