Monday, September 17, 2018 by JD Heyes
Unfortunately, there will always be a group of Americans who trust that the “establishment media” is honest and unbiased rather than the Left-wing, Democrat-favoring, generators of propaganda we’ve ever seen.
The latest example of this propaganda comes from The New York Times, which can’t go more than a few days, it seems, without publishing intentionally misleading or outright false information about POTUS Trump and his administration.
In recent days the Times published a purposely misleading story about U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s new digs.
The ‘paper of record’ reported that the Trump administration – her office, in particular – spent nearly $53,000 for curtains in what was obviously a story not meant to inform but ‘persuade’ readers to lash out at the Trump administration again for something alleged to be outlandish.
The article “left the impression” that Haley was responsible for the expenditure. She was not; the mechanized curtains were purchased in 2016 by the Obama administration.
Initially, the paper reported:
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.
The story did not mention when the curtains were ordered and paid for until the sixth paragraph:
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 outraged readers and other media outlets called the Times out, the paper edited its online version with this caveat:
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 story initially used a picture of Haley as well; that was removed. Also, the first paragraph was changed to: “The State Department spent $52,701 for customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in the new official residence of the ambassador to the United Nations.”
Now, the editors are claiming the initial story inadvertently “created an unfair impression” about Haley being responsible for the purchase (with the dig about budget cuts and a hiring freeze added for good measure). But is that believable, given the Times’ horrific fake news track record regarding POTUS Trump? With the paper’s now-legendary Trump derangement and attacks? (Related: The New York Times continues to COMPROMISE national security by publishing details of private conversations Trump has with foreign dignitaries.)
Hardly. The initial version was carefully crafted to ensure that Haley, and not King Obama, got the blame for what seems to be an outlandish expense. To believe otherwise is to believe that the Times’ editorial staff is incompetent and that they just began practicing journalism this week.
There’s also this: Most every Times reader who saw the original story (which was posted to social media and shared thousands of times, no doubt) will remember the first version and believe it as gospel. They will never see the retraction/correction and if they do, it won’t matter as they will have already made up their minds.
The Times editors know how social media – and first impressions – work. This was done purposely and maliciously to smear another Trump official as a rotten public servant who has no regard for the people’s resources.
Read more about the crazy Left-wing fake news media at NewsFakes.com.