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- Posted on Jun 3rd 2010 12:40PM by Emily Tan
While the 34-year-old singer/rapper's quotes were written verbatim from the interview, the way they were presented were out of context, the New York Times wrote in the Editors' Note.
"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," the note said.
When an unflattering profile about M.I.A. was published in New York Times Magazine last week, the Sri Lankan artist published Hirschberg's phone number on Twitter. A few days later, she posted recordings from the interview that showed how her quotes were altered, and that she wasn't the one who ordered the infamous truffle fries, a detail that many readers thought painted M.I.A. in an elitist light. The 'Paper Planes' hitmaker also posted a song, 'I'm a Singer (Haters),' with a song she wrote describing how she feels about Hirschberg and other journalists.
Although this correction has been made, the newspaper didn't address many other parts of the article that many news outlets picked up on. Somehow, we doubt M.I.A. will accept this apology.