Is a Nipple Top Necessary to Read About Cancer On the Front of The New York Times?

The top left of Wednesday's front page of The New York Times is a picture of "A Tel Aviv woman, 28, who found a lump in her breast. Cancer-causing gene mutations are common among many Jews in Israel." The World Health Organization reports Israel has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world.

But the headless picture of this unnamed woman shows the top of her left nipple, which cannot be defined as suitable front-page viewing. "Nip slip" was the quip on Twitter:


Using a woman in an Ann Coulter black tea dress doesn't diminish the idea that this was meant to "lead readers into the text." But we're supposed to believe this was "unintentional" peekaboo:

The above-the-fold front-page photo, by Israeli photographer Rina Castelnuovo, accompanies a story about Israeli women grappling with one of the world’s highest rates of breast cancer. It shows a woman’s torso replete with a Star of David tattoo, a lumpectomy scar, and, yes, a bit of areola…

Castelnuovo tells Daily Intelligencer that she didn’t set out to be provocative. “It was an unplanned moment,” she told us in an e-mail. “I was taking the young woman’s portrait and we were chatting about her cancer and the scars.” The inclusion of the areola, she said, was “not intentional.”

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis