The New York Times treated yesterday's Miley Cyrus/Vanity Fair story as a business one, running the headline "A Topless Photo Threatens a Major Disney Franchise." But today it appears the Times realized how damaging a loaded word like topless could be — especially when Cyrus wasn't topless at all. Today's paper ran a correction and the online edition revised its headline to "Revealing Photo Threatens a Major Disney Franchise." The correction is below:
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: April 29, 2008
A headline and an article on Monday about a Vanity Fair photograph showing the actress Miley Cyrus in a suggestive pose left the incorrect impression that she was bare-breasted. While the pose was indeed revealing, she was wrapped in what appeared to be a bedsheet; she was not topless.
It appears those plummeting circulation numbers and the impending layoffs have left the desperate Times resorting to desperate, sensational measures. Maybe Brian Williams is onto something when he says he doesn't know what the Times stands for anymore.