Vijaya Laxmi Tripura
President Donald Trump has always been rightly terming The New York Times as ‘fake newspaper’ and ‘crook’. Now the paper has been caught red-handed while wrongly attempting to creating unfair impression about Nikki Haley, who is known as a champion defender of the State of Israel. According to Fox News, The New York Times has added an editor’s note and changed the headline on a story that was widely criticized for reporting U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley has extravagant curtains in her official residence costing nearly $53,000, because the purchase was actually approved in 2016, under the Obama administration.
“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 editor’s note states.
“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.”
Although the newspaper editor has published a statement admitting their news was twisted [which is extremely unethical according to journalistic norms], they neither have apologized to the readers nor to Ms. Halley. The New York Times’ vendetta against President Doland Trump and his administration are no more secret. The paper is under heavy influence of Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton and their cronies. Even in the recent days, The New York Times had shifted from its pro-Israel and pro-Semitic editorial policies and has unfortunately emerged as the voice of the enemies of Israel and Doland Trump.
Any naïve can understand The New York Times report centering the curtain was done on purpose with the ulterior agenda of putting Trump administration into controversy. The newspaper is liable of criminal intention of character assassination and are bound to pay compensation both to President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley.
Commenting on The New York Times, editor of Blitz Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, who is a multi award winning anti militancy journalist said, “This is very unfortunate. Most of the news outlets in the world are competing in character assassination of President Doland Trump and members of his administration, most definitely for their anti-immigrant and pro-Israel stand. What The New York Times has done is a serious offense and it would greatly tarnish the image of this newspaper to its readers in particular and the people in general. The New York Times has listed itself as a gossip journal or a platform of yellow journalism.
“Our newspaper and I are defenders of President Trump and his administration. It is not new. We have supported Mr. Trump when he was seeking nomination and much ahead of the December 2016 Presidential election. All the newspapers in Bangladesh but Blitz had supported Hillary Clinton. Dhaka’s prominent English newspaper The Daily Star had openly been pro-Hillary and anti Trump, which they are continuing even today. This paper also is violently anti Israel and anti Semitic. It might be okay for a newspaper like The Daily Star which does not enjoy any repute in the international arena. But it certainly is unfortunate when internationally acclaimed newspapers like The New York Times join such practices of yellow journalism.”
The New York Times initially reported this week that $52,701 was spent last year on buying customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in Haley’s New York City residence, for which rent is $58,000 a month. The paper didn’t mention until the sixth paragraph that Haley’s spokesman said the Trump administration had no input in the purchase decision.
The first version of the story was mocked across social media for appearing to place the blame on Haley. Earlier in the day, Donald Trump Jr. mocked the paper for the mistake, tweeting “It was Obama’s State Dept. Will you print a correction or just leave it as is because you want it to be true???”
Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey said the Times change is “pretty significant,” while HuffPost’s Yashar Ali called the original story “irresponsible.”
The news-making curtains themselves reportedly cost nearly $30,000, but the hardware needed to operate them cost an additional $22,801. The curtains were installed last year.
Patrick Kennedy, the top management official at the State Department during the Obama administration, defended the spending, saying the curtains will be used by future officials and cited security and entertainment purposes.
“All she’s got is a part-time maid, and the ability to open and close the curtains quickly is important,” Kennedy told the newspaper.
The State Department, under former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, had frozen hiring, reduced diplomatic staff and proposed cutting the department’s budget by 31 percent.
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