Trump has repeatedly called out The New York Times as fake news.
The media always circles the wagons to fight back against the accusations.
But time and again they get caught red-handed spreading fake news stories like this one.
The New York Times published a piece their State Department reporter Gardiner Harris wrote slamming U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
The headline and lede paragraph strongly implying Haley was responsible for her official residence in New York City having extravagantly priced $52,701 curtains.
But for patient readers who didn’t rage-close the article (or who actually bothered to try reading it in the first place instead of just parroting the headline), you come across this factoid buried under five lengthy paragraphs and an ad:
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.
In other words, the whole article is nothing more than a misleading setup to attack a member of the Trump administration.
Seems like pertinent information that probably should’ve changed the headline and landed a little closer to paragraph one — if “the failing New York Times” (as President Trump calls it) had any journalistic integrity.
Other Times‘ reporters and outlets quickly jumped at the opportunity to bash another Trump administration official for extravagant spending.
Nikki Haley spent $52,700 in State Department money on “customized and mechanized” curtains for her luxury apartment https://t.co/1H4896gv41
— New York Post (@nypost) September 14, 2018
State Dept., suffering from budget cuts, paid $52,000 for curtains in Nikki Haley’s Manhattan apartment. Scoop by @GardinerHarris. https://t.co/JOnhgPajxJ The rent is $58,000 per month. Taxpayer funded.
— Edward Wong (@comradewong) September 14, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) September 14, 2018
The “State Dept official” Times‘ reporter Sheryl Stolberg references below was actually Obama’s top management official at the State Department…
State Dept official, defending Nikki Haley’s motorized $52,701 curtains. “All she’s got is a part-time maid, and the ability to open and close the curtains quickly is important.” via @GardinerHarris https://t.co/A20CxGAcbK
— Sheryl Gay Stolberg (@SherylNYT) September 14, 2018
David Hogg ignorantly jumped into the fray calling on Haley to “resign immediately.”
Dear Nikki Haley,
There are starving children in America everyday and you have the audacity to misappropriate thousands of tax dollars for your own lavish lifestyle. Resign immediately
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) September 14, 2018
The bottom line here is, there’s a reason the American people don’t trust the mainstream media — because they shamelessly parrot fake news stories like this one started by The New York Times.
Do you think President Trump is right about “the failing New York Times” and the rest of the fake news media?
Let us know in the comments below!
UPDATE: The New York Times was forced to retract their story, publishing this embarrassing editor’s note.
An earlier version of this article and headline created an unfair impression about who was responsible for the purchase in question. 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. 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.