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Reuters reports that New York Times culture reporter Jesse McKinley has been ordered by the newspaper to reimburse “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for renovations done on his New York apartment for a segment of the popular television talk show. According to the New York Post, (which doesn’t always hold to the highest journalistic standards, to say the least) the renovations were worth $50,000.
The Times said McKinley “unintentionally” violated its code of ethics prohibiting accepting gifts worth more than $25 when his wife arranged for celebrity designer Thom Filicia, known from the television show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” to fix up his apartment for the Winfrey show.
It must be kind of hard to enjoy the apartment while paying off the unexpected bill.