Paper Pains: The New York Time Clarifies Its M.I.A. Article

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By Alex Alvarez Comment

It would seem that M.I.A.’s ongoing mission to straighten out various truffle-infused inconsistencies in Lynn Hirschberg’s New York Times piece (she’s even written a song about it) has proven successful. The Times has issued a correction, or, really, more of a clarification, to the original article.

You can read it in its entirety after the jump:

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.

Previously, after it had been revealed that M.I.A. had recorded certain segments of her interview without her interviewer’s knowledge, Hirschberg had explained that she wasn’t misquoting the singer in her article so much as condensing “repeated” quotes.

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