A New York Times’ photo caption misidentified actress Angela Bassett as former Trump administration aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.
The error was made in a selection of photographs from the Emmy Awards ceremony.
Julia Reinstein, a reporter for BuzzFeed News, tweeted about the error, writing, “oh my god the New York Times mixed up Angela Basssett with Omarosa.” The Times responded on Twitter, writing, “We regret running an incorrect caption from a photo wire service in some early print editions. We will issue a correction in tomorrow’s paper.”
iMediaEthics wrote to the Times to ask if the newspaper’s staff wrote the caption or the wire service, and how many newspapers were distributed with the error. “It was an incorrect caption from a wire service and ran in only some very early print editions,” Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy wrote, saying she didn’t “have a number to share” for how many papers contained the error.
Yahoo noted that the photos came from Getty Images. iMediaEthics has written to Getty Images for more information.
oh my god the New York Times mixed up Angela Bassett with Omarosa pic.twitter.com/jLoePOqADy
— julia reinstein 🚡 (@juliareinstein) September 18, 2018
We regret running an incorrect caption from a photo wire service in some early print editions. We will issue a correction in tomorrow's paper.https://t.co/fEezxxXo0M
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) September 18, 2018
UPDATE: 9/22/2018 11:58 AM EST
The Times published a correction in its Sept. 19 edition that reads:
“A picture caption with an article on Monday about the Emmy Awards, using information from a photo agency, misidentified a woman presenting the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series. The woman was Angela Bassett, not Omarosa Manigault Newman.”