New York Post Corrects Melania Trump Story

A major mistake.

How’s this for some Rupert Murdoch tabloid sloppiness?

A secondary bombshell aspect of the New York Post’s splashy summer resurrection of nude Melania Trump photos was that the pictures were shot in 1995 and originally published with a dateline of January 1996, raising questions about the circumstances of her arrival in the U.S. and legal right to work here. Politico for example picked up on that angle.

However, per TPM’s Tierney Sneed, the paper got the chronology wrong:

The issue of Max magazine in which Trump’s photos appeared had Cindy Crawford on the cover, the Post said. Crawford appeared on the cover of the February 1997 issue of Max, while the cover of December 1995/January 1996 issue did not feature her. While photos published in January 1996 would have almost certainly have been shot in 1995, photos published a year later lend credence to Melania Trump’s attorney’s account.

Jarl Ale de Basseville, the photographer who shot the Trump photos for Max, told TPM via email that the Post “made a mistake” in saying the photos appeared in the January 1996 issue and confirmed that the photos ran in the February 1997 issue. He could not, however, recall when the photo shoot in question took place, so [Melania Trump attorney Michael J.] Wildes‘ claim that the shoot took place after Trump received her visa in October 1996 could not be independently confirmed.

An Editor’s Note now appends the Politico item, while the following parenthetical correction has been inserted into the Post article:

(Photographer Alé de Basse­ville later told The Post that he misspoke, and the photo session actually took place in 1996 in Manhattan, and appeared in a 1997 issue of the magazine.)

At press time, the top online caption in the Post story still has it slightly wrong, listing January 1997 as the issue of the French magazine. Melania arrived in the U.S. in August 1996 with a B-1/B-2 visitor visa and received an H-1B work visa two months later.