New York Post Photographer Watches Man Die

Legitimate news or one step closer to televised executions? (property of the New York Post)

Where does media coverage end and social responsibility begin?

The New York Post is under fire today for running a front-page picture of a man just before he was killed by an oncoming subway train. The headline: “Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die… DOOMED.”

58-year-old Ki Suk Han was standing on the platform with a number of others waiting for the Q train to arrive and return him home to Queens. As they were waiting, an unidentified panhandler started harassing people and engaged Han in what eyewitnesses say was a very heated argument.

Of course, no one could have predicted what would happen next.

Just as the train was pulling into the station, the man shoved Han, who fell onto the tracks below. He tried to scramble back onto the platform, but it was too late. The train crushed Han and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short time later.

This in itself is disturbing enough, but there’s more. Apparently there was a freelance photographer from the Post named Umar Abbasi who not only witnessed this horrifying scene, but also snapped some pictures of it. He claimed that he was unable to rescue Han and was using his flash to try and alert the train conductor to the situation, but take a look at the photograph. Does this look like a picture taken in a panic?

Whether or not Abbasi’s story is true, what the Post chose to do with his photograph shows very little tact and even less taste. Here we have a man facing certain death… a man who likely could have been rescued if people acted faster and dropped their cameras… and what does the Post do? They run it on their front page with an equally tactless caption. Didn’t they give any thought to Han’s family, who now have to see their loved one’s last moments of life on every media outlet imaginable?

I guess not.

If you ask me, this is just another sad example of someone caring more about their own professional advancement than the well-being of their fellow man. It also illustrates how blind with power the media has become, power we provide them when we scramble to gobble up every little news tidbit they choose to print, post or broadcast. If there were no market for sensationalized and shocking photos like this one, then perhaps Han would still be alive.

Prepare yourselves, people, because eventually all of this will come to a head and people will start lashing out against the media, the government and every other entity that attempts to control and influence us. And I don’t know about you, but I’ll be ready when the revolution comes. Will you?

Posted on December 5, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. I’ll be ready too! Great post, the media is completely out of control on so many levels. Nail on the head with “power we provide them”.

  2. I always suspected the weekly world news and the post were the same paper….

  3. The whole thing seems scripted..’Umar Abbasi who not only witnessed this horrifying scene, but also snapped some pictures of it. He claimed that he was unable to rescue Han and was using his flash to try and alert the train conductor to the situation’ what a these days! pshh

  4. This is a great post. How could the photographer be that cruel and heartless?? All for pulbicity or a few extra dollars?? This photograph is heartbreaking!

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