New York Times puts nipple on cover, Twitter reacts poorly

November 27, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @swasko

Today's cover of the New York Times has Twitter acting like a 12-year-old boy. 

Above the headline, "Push to Test for Cancer Gene Sets Up a Dilemma in Israel," the Times used a photo of an Israeli woman showing a scar on her left breast, which also reveals a small portion of her nipple.

The story, which discusses the difficult decisions faced by women in Israel -- a country that has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the world -- already had Twitter talking Wednesday morning. Even before 8 a.m., the focus wasn't on the powerful story of culture versus cancer; it was on the front-page image. 

"The cover of today's New York Times shows a surprising amount of flesh," Business Insider tweeted. Reactions quickly spiraled downward, with many using the word "nip slip" to describe the image. 

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