(National Sentinel) Fake News: A recent ‘blockbuster’ story published by The New York Times claimed that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley spent nearly $53,000 on curtains for her office — a story that the Times later had to walk back.
There’s just one thing: The paper was told the story was fake before it was published, and the Times’ editorial staff decided to publish it anyway.
Initially, the Times published an accusatory story pointing a discriminating finger at UN Ambassador Nikki Haley for allegedly spending an inordinate amount of money — nearly $53,000 — on curtains.
The Times claimed:
The State Department spent $52,701 last year buying customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in Nikki R. Haley’s official residence as ambassador to the United Nations, just as the department was undergoing deep budget cuts and had frozen hiring.
The residence, in a new building on First Avenue, has spectacular views, and Ms. Haley is the first ambassador to live in it. For decades, her predecessors lived in the Waldorf Astoria hotel. But after the hotel was purchased by a Chinese insurance company with a murky ownership structure, the State Department decided in 2016 to find a new home for its top New York diplomat because of security concerns.
It took six paragraphs before the report finally came clean about the origins of the expenditure:
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.
After a huge backlash, the Times altered its report with an editor’s note that began, “An earlier version of this article and headline created an unfair impression about who was responsible for the purchase in question.”
The thing is, however, the story never had to be written in the first place because a) it wasn’t a “scandal” and b) it wasn’t POTUS Trump’s scandal.
And Haley told the paper that before the story came out.
The Western Journal reported:
The New York Times was told it had the story wrong when the newspaper tried to tarnish United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, but went ahead anyway with a piece that wrongly linked Haley to $52,701 being spent on drapes for the ambassador’s New York City residence.
Haley, appearing Thursday night on “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, said there was no question that the Times knew the facts, according to a video posted on YouTube.
“Unfortunately if you’re in public service, this is the life we live every day. It’s just a matter of this one got through. You know we are stopping stories every day that aren’t truthful, or don’t have the facts,” she said, noting that battling back against fake news published by the “mainstream media” is a daily reality.
“And so this one, I hadn’t even taken the job when these curtains were picked out. And so the idea that this came out, we told the reporters that these were the facts. They knew the facts and released the story anyway,” Haley told Fox News. “They printed it anyway and it was down in the story, in like the seventh paragraph down at the bottom.”
The UN ambassador knows how the game is played with the disgustingly dishonest establishment media: The first story always has legs while the retraction gets buried.
“All last week every day wherever I went, people were asking me about my court curtains and the damage is done once and the story is out. I appreciate the retraction but that story follows you everywhere you go. That’s a tough part about public lifestyle,” she said.
The New York Times has lost every remaining ounce of journalistic integrity it had before POTUS Trump took office. The paper isn’t even trying to be accurate anymore.