Saturday, September 15, 2018
NYTimes Corrects Hit Piece On UN Ambassador
Hours of criticism had left the Gray Lady no other choice, according to The NYPost.
Besides noting the expense — $29,900 for the curtains and $22,801 for automatic open-and-close hardware — the Times report flagged the fact that the installation came at a time when the State Department faced deep budget cuts and a hiring freeze.
Only at the end did the article mention that the plans to buy the tapestries were made in 2016, by the Obama State Department.
It took hours for criticism from the likes of CNN’s Jake Tapper (on Twitter) to move the Times to acknowledge key facts. It turns out the whole apartment is new: Career State employees determined the UN ambassador’s official digs had to change after a Chinese company bought the Waldorf-Astoria, the old site of the diplomatic residence.
All the furnishings, including the curtains, were chosen by State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations — as is standard for US diplomatic cribs all around the world. Haley had nothing to do with any of it.
Posted 4:34:00 AM