Nikki Haley: We Gave NY Times the Facts on Curtains, ‘They Printed It Anyway’


UN Ambassador Nikki Haley sat down with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum tonight to talk about the New York Times story — since corrected but not taking down — that placed the blame for the purchase of pricey curtains on her when they were actually purchased during the Obama administration.

According to the correction:

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.

Speaking about the story, Haley said that sadly stories like that were just part of public life these days.

“Unfortunately, if you are in public service, this is the life we live every day,” Haley told the Fox News host. “It’s just a matter of, this one got through — We are stopping stories every day that aren’t truthful or don’t have the facts.”

She then alleged that she told reporters the story wasn’t accurate and they reported it anyhow.

“We told the reporters that these were the facts — they knew the facts and released the story anyway,” Haley said.

Then, MacCallum asked if she meant she told the New York Times the facts and they still printed it.

Haley replied: “They printed it anyway and it was down in the story [her comments to the Times], in like the seventh paragraph down at the bottom.”

She then said despite the distraction the “damage is done.”

“I appreciate the retraction but that story follows you everywhere you go,” Haley said. “That’s the tough part about public life now.”

Watch above, via Fox News

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