NY Post Prints Morbid Cover Of Man About To Be Struck By Train


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The New York Post is being criticized for printing the last moments of Ki Suk Han’s life with the word “Doomed” over his photo.  The fifty-eight year old was pushed on to the tracks by a mentally disturbed man after the two had an argument.  While The Post has clearly showed a blatant disregard for good taste, freedom of the press guarantees its right to print the photo. According to R. Umar Abbasi, a freelance photographer for the Post, he saw the incident happen and “ran toward the train, repeatedly firing off his flash to warn the operator.”  He was apparently trying to save the man’s life, not purposely photographing the final seconds of it.  If that’s the case, he should not be ostracized for taking the photos.  In terms of the negative feedback, people have the right to demonstrate their distaste for the photo and the decision to publish it on the front page, by not purchasing the paper.  Let’s be clear however, the NY Post is a tabloid.  It’s not the Wall Street Journal, (also owned by News Corp.) or the NY Times, two papers that would never consider printing such a photo on the cover.  However, gruesome, horror stories, such as this one, sells newspapers.  Anyone who remembers the morbid photos of Princess Diana’s death, Michael Jackson’s death or the graphic photos of 9-11, needs to understand that newspapers never sold more copies than they did, covering those events.  And in the end, that’s all the News Corp, is really concerned about.  With newspaper sales on a steady decline over the past five years, the tabloids will do whatever they think will sell papers.  Right or wrong; to them, it’s simply a business decision.

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