Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Man defends NYC subway death photo

New York Post photographer appears on 'Today'

Man defends NYC subway death photo

New York Post
The front page of the New York Post reads, "Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die" and, "DOOMED" over a picture of Ki Suk Han moments before his death. Image via Gawker Image via Gawker

It’s a journalistic issue that has created enormous furor.

Yesterday the cover of the New York Post carried a picture of a man in the path of a train with the headline, “Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die.”

That sparked a fierce debate about the publication of the image, and even more so, about the moral obligation of the Post’s freelance photographer who took the picture. Should he have acted to try to save Ki-Suck Han instead of wielding his camera?

This morning, that photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, appeared on “Today” to defend his actions (or lack of). Here is the segment during which Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie question him closely.

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What do you think? Do you buy his contention that “there is no way I could have rescued Mr. Han”? How about his explanation that he was trying to alert the conductor of the train with his camera flash?

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