By LEE BERGERMAN, Associated PressDigital blasphemy is a term often used by digital media users to describe online comments that are posted without permission or attribution, often with the goal of defaming and demeaning a specific individual.
The New York Times recently had to retract a photo that it published in its print edition of its March 4, 2017 edition that featured a picture of then-President Donald Trump on the cover.
That image included a photo of a smiling Trump wearing a Trump shirt with the caption “I am not a Trump fan.”
That photo was not attributed to Trump, and the newspaper had to issue a correction.
The photo also included a link to the Facebook page of the anti-Trump activist, Richard Spencer.
That Facebook page has been accused of being a platform for white nationalists, neo-Nazis and others.
It has also drawn criticism for its support of the Islamic State group and its support for former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
The Times photo also had a picture on the left of a woman with the words “I Am Not a Trump Fan.”
The caption was not accompanied by the photo’s attribution.
The Times’ correction said the photo was “not attributed to Mr. Trump” but rather to an unidentified user.
The Associated Press did not respond to requests for comment.
The newspaper’s apology was published Tuesday and was followed by a statement from the paper’s editorial board.
“The New Yorker’s recent coverage of the election is a case study in the insidious, corrosive, and divisive effects of digital abuse, especially on women and minorities,” the board wrote.
“The Times has a long tradition of taking its journalism seriously and taking a strong stand against the spread of hate, bigotry and misinformation online.
Our editors have been outspoken in their concerns about the rise of this scourge, which threatens to erode the fabric of our society and erode our democracy.”
The statement added: “While we disagree with our editor’s characterization of this issue, we believe that our responsibility as journalists is to make our voices heard.”