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.
– National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Excerpt from New York Daily News Editorial – June 20, 2015
Pride. It’s an emotion that we carry in abundance as we cover this great city and its vibrant, diverse communities.
In the past week, however, we’ve heard from many of you that we have recently offended one of those communities.
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.