The New York Times ran an article throwing shade at Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, for spending more than $52,000 on curtains for her Manhattan penthouse…right before debunking their own claim.
The Times, seen here in all its deceptive glory, article ran under the headline: "State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Nikki Haley’s Residence." Except that neither she, nor the Trump State Department, were the ones that bought the pricey drapes -- the Obama administration did.
The Times notes that Haley is the first UN ambassador to live in the penthouse, unlike former ambassadors who lived in the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel. But the Times also admits in their own article that the nearly 6,000 square-foot space, listed for $58,000 a month, was first leased in 2016 by the Obama administration as the UN ambassador's residence after the Waldorf was bought by a shady Chinese company.
The government leased the apartment, just blocks from the delegation’s offices, with an option to buy, according to Patrick Kennedy, the top management official at the State Department during the Obama administration.
The Times also notes, contrary to its own misleading headline, that the Obama State Department was responsible for ordering the curtains, which just happened to be installed last year after Haley had already taken over the ambassadorship.
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.
But despite Haley's total innocence in CurtainGate, that didn’t stop the paper from drawing a comparison between her designer drapes and the $31,000 dining room set ordered by HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
And they seriously wonder why no one trusts the media?
(Update 5:05 PM: NYT has recently changed the headline, for the latest story click here.)