Poll: Did Photo of Man Pushed Onto Subway Tracks Go Too Far?
The New York Post drew criticism this week for publishing a photo of a man about to die after being pushed onto subway tracks.
A photo of New Yorker Ki-Suck Han about to be killed by an oncoming train after being pushed onto subway tracks generated controversy this week.
The New York Post ran the photo on its cover and quickly incurred the wrath of those who felt it was in poor taste and exploitive, the L.A. Times reported. Others, such as Howard Kurtz at CNN wrote that the photo was newsworthy even though it also was unnerving.
Kurtz points out that there are photos of dead bodies published every day from war zones around the world. "The truth is that this picture seems more monstrously unfair because we can easily imagine being in the victim's place," Kurtz stated.
The freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi also has faced criticism for taking photos while the man died. Abbasi has said that he was too far away to help the man and attempted to alert the train by shooting his camera and setting off the flash.
Patch decided to not feature a screen shot of the New York Post cover, however it is attached to this story if you would like to see it. Also attached, is video of Abbasi's interview with the "Today" show and a New York Post video report on the incident.