Daily News Editorial Apologizes for Puerto Rican Day Parade Photo Controversy

This afternoon an editorial by The New York Daily News has addressed the recent controversy surrounding a photo published last Monday that inaccurately depicted paradegoers at last Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. The photo had sparked protests and rebukes from supporters of the parade.


Here is an excerpt of what the Daily News editorial said:

On Monday, our coverage of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade — an event that the Daily News has proudly co-sponsored for 25 years — included a photo, shot from behind, of two topless women dressed in G-string bikinis, carrying a Puerto Rican flag.

Due to misleading information provided to our editors by a wire photo service, we described these women as paradegoers. They were not. They were, in fact, “performers” trying to make a buck from tourists in Times Square.

As a result, we negatively mischaracterized what the Puerto Rican community represents. Its nearly 1 million members have been, and will continue to be, one of the cornerstones of New York and an irreplaceable thread in its unique fabric.

With the help of honest feedback of our readers, we recognize that publishing the photo was a misstep.

Each day, we take seriously the task of presenting the bold, honest and sometimes risqué personality of this city as we cover the stories that affect people’s lives. We like to believe that most of the time we get it right. This time we did not.

The editorial led to this statement from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade:

We acknowledge the New York Daily News for providing the editorial space to correct the inaccurate reporting, and misrepresentation of our Parade and our people. It is a strong and honest step to rectify a mistake, recognize the community’s reaction, and respond in a kind, fair and appropriate manner. The Daily News’ editorial is proof that the community has been heard, and a reminder of the need for accurate, serious and responsible news reporting.