To contaminate the reputation of
To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant
The decision seems to subtly denigrate (possibly with good reason)the American reading public.
My plea is only this: do n't denigrate the lowly sponge.
denigrate the importance their visits play in maintaining psychological well-being for these patients.
denigrate the efforts of the 1990 or 1996 teams.
note, I do not denigrate the good intentions of those who gave birth to these abject social policy failures.