NY Daily News ‘EXECUTED ON LIVE TV’ shooting cover criticized as ‘death porn’

27 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

N.Y. Daily News graphic Va. shooting cover criticized as ‘death porn’.

Though the New York Daily News is not known for its understated front pages, the paper sparked the ire of many Wednesday night after tweeting an image of its Thursday cover that showcased the moment a news reporter was killed this week. In a telephone interview, Jake Duhaime — a friend of WDBJ7 anchor Chris Hurst, Parker’s boyfriend — criticized the Daily News’s decision to use the images. Duhaime, a sports marketer in New York, said he understood why the Daily News had published the provocative cover, but said the media should “showcase the victims rather than the acts.” “There is an emphasis on winning the front page,” he said. “… But sometimes you have to step back and say, ‘This is a little bit too far.’ These are friends, family members — these are people’s lives.” “Alison Parker — who by all accounts was full of joy and so loved by everyone who met her — deserved much more than a cover highlighting her final moment of life with such panic and terror on her face,” Layton wrote in a follow-up e-mail to The Post. “Her parents, brother, boyfriend and WDBJ7 News Family deserve more too. My hope is that the editors find their wits before the paper hits newsstands.” “It’s like showing those beheadings,” Andy Parker told The Post. “I am not going to watch it.

All it would do is rip out my heart further than it already it is.” “Forcing thousands of people to view two deaths without warning or preparation causes real harm,” Robinson Meyer of the Atlantic wrote. “For almost all viewers, of course, watching the video does not approach the anguish felt by the victims’s friends, families, or coworkers. But that the auto-playing incident was not the worst horror in a morning full of them doesn’t lessen the need to talk about it, to figure out what happened, and to prevent it from happening again.” “NY Daily News cover is frightening but not gory,” he wrote. “Reaction at least on my timeline is uniform outrage … Personally … covering gun violence daily, I don’t think the words convey the horror the way these images do.”

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