New York Times Issues Official Correction To M.I.A. Story

    A few days after the singer blew up at the New York Times on her Twitter/website for the scathing profile the paper published about her in its Sunday magazine, the New York Times has issued an official correction to writer Lynn Hirschberg’s profile, saying:

    The cover article in The Times Magazine on Sunday profiled the singer and political activist M.I.A. While discussing her 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.

    I guess it’s understandable that the Times would issue the response to this part, but how about the total entrapment thing that happened with the truffle fries? Hirschberg is on tape ordering them, and then she wrote the story like M.I.A. only eats fries made out of truffles. It was pretty weak. Still though, I can’t imagine it was easy for the Times to admit an error. They hate corrections over there. [Daily Swarm