What Do You Want, A Cookie?

Liberals and apologists for Big Media hailed last week’s correction by the NYTimes of their hatchet piece against Nikki Haley as a sign that the mainstream media is, unlike the hack partisian media, “Accountable”.

You may recall the story – which debuted last Friday to yuge headlines:  State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Residence of U.N. Envoy.   Buried seven columns deep was the incidental factoid that the decition to buy the draperies was taking during Obama’s term, long before Governor Haley was nominated.

The Times ran a correction – after the internet blew up in a firestorm of mockery and invective:

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.

And yet it did focus on Haley, and the photo did run, and the entire tone did try to paint Haley as a modern-day Marie Antoinette – until they got caught peddling…

…wait for it…

…fake news.

Journalistic ethics:   the art of rationalizing a lack of ethics after you get caught.

3 thoughts on “What Do You Want, A Cookie?

  1. Journalistic ethics

    The biggest oxymoron in the history of, well, ever. And I took a journalism course back in 2006. They literally told me back then, the story is the most important thing. If you have a soul or a conscience this is not the profession for you. I then switched to political science. Yes Im aware of the irony.

  2. My only problem with the pushback on the original article is that several authors insinuated that the switch to the new and cheaper Ambassadorial Suite was the Trump Administration’s decision. Custom blinds ordered by the Obama Administration that were installed in the new location chosen by the Trump Administration just didn’t make any sense (Note: I’ve sold custom residential blinds & shades).
    Turns out that the Obama Administration chose to change the residence after the Chinese bought the old building. It also turns out that the cost of the blinds was about half of the monthly savings on the new location. Credit where credit is due.

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