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Friday, September 14, 2018

Fake News collapses on NYT

The Obama administration ordered $52,701 worth of curtains for the apartment the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

To put that in perspective, the West Virginia Legislature impeached the entire state Supreme Court for wasting $32,000 to buy a couch.

So how did the New York Times report this Obama scandal?

"Nikki Haley's View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701."

After Fox News pointed out the headline drapes do not match the rug of facts, the Times demoted the headline to "State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Residence of U.N. Envoy."

Nope, nope, nope.

Nikki Haley did not build this.

Obama did.

Embarrassed, the Times affixed an editor's note at the top of the story explaining that they got caught with a misleading earlier version of the story.

Obama's administration was rife with extravagances. His wife's White House staff was a posse of 24 hangers on.

Melania Trump has five.

President Trump has fired Cabinet members over excessive spending. Obama never did.

Fox News noted, "the paper didn't mention until the sixth paragraph that Haley's spokesman said the Trump administration had no input in the purchase decision."

And the Times had the hopeless audacity of quoting an indignant Brett Bruen, a White House official in the Obama administration, who said, "How can you, on the one hand, tell diplomats that basic needs cannot be met and, on the other hand, spend more than $50,000 on a customized curtain system for the ambassador to the U.N.?"

Don't know.

He should ask Iranian lobbyist John Kerry, the former Secretary of State, whose administration approved this deal.

I wonder who got the curtain contract.

The top management official at the State Department during the Obama administration, defended the drapes.

Kennedy said, "All she’s got is a part-time maid, and the ability to open and close the curtains quickly is important."

After this story imploded like an Acme bomb in the hands of Wile E. Coyote, I wonder if its author, Gardiner Harris, said curtains, foiled again -- because the media was foiled. Again.

Other media fell for it. Vogue said, "If there’s one very appropriate pattern among Trump administration appointees and associates, it’s their penchant for big spending. (Trump, let’s remember, has a literally gold-plated New York residence.) Nikki Haley is the latest to join the ranks of officials to receive things with high price tags things (and at taxpayer expense)."

Think Progress said, "Citing a need to prioritize “the efficient use of taxpayer resources,” President Trump proposed earlier this year a 25 percent cut to the State Department budget. But that didn’t stop the department from following through on a plan to spend $52,701 to equip United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley’s penthouse with custom mechanical window curtains."

The Hill said, "New curtains installed last year in the official residence of Nikki Haley, President Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, cost the Trump administration more than $50,000 at a time when the State Department was facing budget cuts and a hiring freeze."

The New York Post rewrote the Times story and reported, "Nikki Haley spent over $52K in State Department money on curtains" but later changed it to "State Department spent over $52K on curtains."

Newsweek also picked up on the story.

The State Department spent $52,701 on curtains for Nikki Haley's residence amid budget cuts

Democrats leaped on the story.

This is not okay. As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I call on Chairman to hold an oversight hearing on spending on and her deputy.

And our man at the Daily Mail corrected the Times on another point.

Side note about the Nikki Haley news cycle: The drapery project cost $61,001, not $52,701. There was an additional $8,300 contract for wiring that the didn't mention.

So not only was it Fake News, it was inaccurate.


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  1. "curtains, foiled again"?

    Getting your gags at Acme Joke Shop again?

  2. And Jeff Bezos, owner of the WaPo, is upset that Trump goes after the press for fake news and that people hold the press in such low regard. Does Gardiner Harris still have a job after failing to check into the details? Almost positive no one called Ambassador Haley to get a statement from her that would have killed the story once she made it clear that Obama's State Department was to blame.

  3. I read on the Internet that the NYT is going to rehabilitate this story by running it in the Style section.

    It's going to go something like: UN Ambassador Samantha Power took time out from her busy schedule of global asskissing and serial unmasking to milk the soft power dividend of picking out designer drapes for her luxury suite. She said that although a little pricey at $52,000 her husband Cass Sunstein would approve since the drapes would be paid for with other people's money.

  4. How can you, on the one hand, tell diplomats that basic needs cannot be met and, on the other hand, spend more than $50,000 on a customized curtain system for the ambassador to the U.N.?
    Ambassador Stevens was unavailable for comment.

  5. Saw this at the tree house!

  6. Leftists have no problems with aristocracy, just so long as THEY get to be the aristocrats.

  7. They edited it to remove Nikki Haley's picture--but they did not add Samantha Power's photo. See how that works?

    btw, those curtains were supposed to be Huma's. Certainly not the taxpayers'.

  8. Morning edition -- Trump wasted tens of thousands of dollars on curtains!

    Evening edition -- Criticizing curtains is a racist dog whistle!

  9. Even Mike Seidel of TWC has joined The Mindless Throng. Getting into his hurricane brace crouch, saying it’s as bad as he’s seen it, while two dudes in shorts are out for a stroll behind him. For the love of God, you guys, JUST REPORT THE NEWS. Your lies are out of control. Step 1: You admitted that you were powerless over your lies, and that your lives had become unmanageable.

    1. Bill W. approves of this method! (Besides, it works.)

  10. One small problem: "Embarrassed, the Times affixed an editor's note at the top of the story..." which was noticed by a few hundred people.

    This was long after the original false story had been seen by millions and posted on FB, tweeted and re-tweeted; even now, most people who've heard of this "scandal" will identify it with Nikki Haley & the Trump administration; so the dirty deed was done.

    It's an old, old trick: make the false claim front-page news with huge headlines, and put the correction, a week later, on p.27 in small print.

    IMHO the Fake News won this round.

  11. God I love it when the truth leaks out, but it's an arrow to the heart of the fake news journalists. We just need more arrows and those willing to print the truth about the fascists called the "press"!

  12. It was actually Barack Obama, and his boyfriend Reggie Love, who picked out the curtains. They also picked out the furniture.

  13. Folks in fly over country will read this article and know the truth. The people on the East Cost will read the original NY Times article and believe it hook, line and sinker.

  14. then there was ex-fbi depdir mccabe’s $72,000 conference table that was first redacted as classified information, i.e. essential to national security. where was the nyt?