Lo and behold, people did reach that very conclusion:
Except, the details: “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.” The pricey window treatments are part of a luxurious spread on First Avenue that was listed at $58,000 per month — a 6,000-square-foot space designed to host functions for U.N. dignitaries. Haley is the first U.N. ambassador to occupy the place after the U.S. government decided to bail on former quarters in the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
That particular point — that the curtain decision fell in the Obama years — was bumped up higher in the piece in an edit, according to the site NewsDiffs.
Backlash to the initial New York Times presentation has been robust, as well it should be. There are plenty of examples of bona fide Trump-era abuses of taxpayer money — see Scott Pruitt’s strange security purchases and Tom Price’s travel expenses. No need to fashion a headline suggesting that Haley belongs to that group.
How did the New York Times cover the U.N. ambassador’s residence during the Obama presidency. Sweetly: “Pint-Size Diplomacy at Play in U.N. Ambassador’s Penthouse.”
The Erik Wemple Blog has asked the New York Times for comment on the piece.
Update: The New York Times has affixed this note to the piece:
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.