Mea culpa, admits New York Times

We’ve already covered M.I.A’s hysterical overreaction to the article New York Times journalist Lynn Hirschberg wrote about her – publishing her personal phone number on her twitter feed and then posting up portions of the interview an audio track – but the paper has taken note of the singer’s anger, and has admitted wrong doing and Hirschberg’s shoddy journalism.

It turns out that Hirschberg manipulated the quotes in the interview to suit her piece, splicing two quotes together that were said in a different order to how they were printed, and not telling the readers that they were said in at different times. Very naughty. Anyway, the paper has now put the following note underneath the online version of the article:

‘While discussing (M.I.A's) efforts to draw attention to the civil war in her home country, Sri Lanka, she was quoted as saying: ‘I wasn't trying to be like Bono. He's not from Africa — I'm from there. I'm tired of pop stars who say, ‘Give peace a chance.’ I'd rather say, ‘Give war a chance.’ The whole point of going to the Grammys was to say, ‘Hey, 50,000 people are gonna die next month, and here's your opportunity to help.’ And no one did.’

‘While M.I.A did make those remarks, she did not make the entire statement at the same point in the interview, or in the order in which it was presented.

‘The part that begins, ‘The whole point of going to the Grammys,’ up to the end of the quotation, actually came first. The part that begins, ‘I wasn't trying to be like Bono,’ and ends, ‘Give war a chance,’ came later in the same interview. The article should have made clear that the two quotations came from different parts of the interview.’

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