The Washington Post issued a correction for misquoting U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Friday. And it was a move they must have been rather embarrassed to make. It all came after Haley made a power move in response to a major lie peddled by the Post.
On Saturday, Haley demanded that Washington Post policy reporter Jeff Stein “retract” his claim that she said 250,000 U.S. citizens were living in poverty.
Here is the original tweet (now deleted):
“The Haley number above, I should note, is for ‘extreme poverty,’” he tweeted less than 10 minutes later on Friday, without deleting the incorrect tweet. The false tweet received 299 retweets. The correction tweet received eight.
The Washington Post edited the mistake out of the story but did not immediately correct or retract the incorrect number.
“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said last month that no more than 250,000 Americans are in ‘extreme poverty,’ denouncing a United Nations report saying 18.5 million Americans suffer extreme impoverishment,” read the corrected sentence in question as of Saturday morning.
Later, the Washington Post changed the paragraph further.
“The Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva last month released a report saying said last month that no more than 250,000 Americans are in ‘extreme poverty,’ And U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley last month denounced a United Nations report saying 18.5 million Americans suffer extreme impoverishment,” read the story as of Sunday morning.
This lead to Haley tweeting at Stein:
Unfortunate when a reporter doesn’t follow through and I have to do this:@JStein_WaPo I never said this. My team has asked you to retract this and take down your tweets. I am now respectfully asking that you follow through with what you told my team you would do. Thank you.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) July 14, 2018
Washington Post editors did not add a correction note to the story until hours after Haley called out Stein and Jan on Twitter.
“Correction: An earlier version of this story misattributed a statement to Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, that no more than 250,000 Americans are in ‘extreme poverty,’” said the correction notice.
Hours after Haley’s tweet on Saturday, Stein deleted the incorrect tweet:
I’ve deleted earlier tweets indicating that Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., had said only 250,000 Americans are in “extreme poverty.” The U.S. Permanent Mission to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva had said this.
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) July 14, 2018
The truth hurts, and it hurts even more when you get called out by the Ambassador to the United Nations.