Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday that The New York Times knew she had not been involved in the purchase of expensive curtains for her New York residence when it printed a story implying she did.
“They knew the facts and they released the story anyway,” Haley told Fox News’ “The Story.”
“I hadn’t even taken the job when these curtains were picked out,” she said. “We told the reporters that these were the facts.”
The Times issued an editor’s note at the top of its piece, which was originally titled “Nikki Haley’s View of New York is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.”
“An earlier version of this article and headline created an unfair impression about who was responsible for the purchase in question,” read the editors’ note attached to the article after publication.
“The article should not have focused on Ms. Haley, nor should a picture of her have been used,” the note added.
The title was also changed to “State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Nikki Haley’s Residence.”
Haley told Fox that she appreciated the changes, but there was little that could be done to remedy the misinformation already put out.
“I appreciate the retraction, but that story follows you where ever you go,” Haley told Fox. “The damage is done once the story is out.”
“All last weekend, wherever I went, people were asking em about my curtains,” she recalled.
Conservatives leapt to Haley’s defense after the Times piece posted.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) defended Haley and ripped into the story, calling it “an example of the subtle ways media pushes their bias.”