New York Times Removes Melania Trump’s Crotch Selfie From Article

Melania Trump attends a screening of "The Lego Movie" hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
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After The New York Times’ published a photo of a scantily clad Melania Trump, the woman who would be first lady should Donald Trump become President, with a profile published online Wednesday, the paper apparently thought better of the decision and removed it.

The photo appeared in one of Melania Trump’s tweets that she posted earlier this year. Her tweet contained the simple message: “Perfect beach day” with two emojis. The close-up photo showed her wearing white bikini bottoms.

The Times embedded the tweet in the article.

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty first flagged the Times photo and its subsequent disappearance.

But as of late Wednesday afternoon, the New York Times article no longer included the embedded selfie. Viewing the story on NewsDiffs.org, a site that tracks changes by media organizations like the Times and BBC, indicates that the while the photo appeared in the version of the story live at 2:49 p.m. ET, it had been deleted by 3:07 p.m.

Asked about why the paper decided to remove the crotch photo, a Times spokeswoman told TPM: “We regularly edit the text and art in articles all the time, for a variety of reasons, over the course of the day online and between editions for print.”

This story has been updated.

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  1. Avatar for livi_o livi_o says:

    Apparently that bikini bottom was insufficiently yuuuge.

  2. That’s not her crotch. It’s her abdomen. The image is tastefully done and if you got an abdomen like that why not?

  3. It was later replaced with the crotch of Lenny Kravitz, which was also pulled.

  4. In the words of W.C. Fields, “Pull anything you like.”

  5. (Rolls eyes!)

    OMG. Stay classy, everyone. Gee, Donald, you and yours sure know how to lower the GOP Presidential candidacy bar.

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