Just over a week ago, the New York Post earned harsh criticism for a heartless front page photo showing a man moments before an oncoming subway train took his life. Today, the Post is under fire again for a cover photo of 31-year-old Brandon Lincoln Woodard seconds before he was shot to death execution-style. But is the backlash fair?


Last week’s controversial Post cover was taken by a photographer who chose to snap the pic rather than aid the man who was about to die. This time, the photo is a still from security video. It was released by authorities hoping the public can help identify the hitman.

The ongoing search for the gunman makes this unquestionably newsworthy. Even so, the Twitterverse is almost universally appalled.


Yes, the Post wants to sell papers. But Woodard’s family desperately wants justice for their murdered son. If a sensational cover helps nab the hitman, the Post hardly deserves scorn as a “snuff paper.”

  • Leroy Whitby

    Look, that’s an awesome photo. Complain all you want but the Post is right to run it.

    • aegean1

      They may have the right, but they should have the sense to not use that right in this case. They could have cropped the picture or blurred the victim out, if their intention truly was to help catch the killer. But no, that’s not really what they care about…

      • Leroy Whitby

        No that isn’t the only thing they care about. They want to increase circulation and make a profit. The truth includes the killer. Blurring out information is wrong in many cases because it’s a newspapers purpose in part to inform the public.

        • aegean1

          In many cases, but why does the public need to ogle this poor guy? It’s the killer’s face we all need to see, not the victim.

          • Leroy Whitby

            Because victims have a face.

          • aegean1

            Gee, no kidding. I had no idea. My point is, it seems very disrespectful, to me, to show the victim right before he’s murdered. Showing that doesn’t help catch the killer. Showing the killer helps catch the killer. That cover photo is just ghoulish.

          • Leroy Whitby

            I don’t believe it is disrespectful to show an adult crime victims face in a photo.

  • http://www.saldistefano.com/ saldistefano

    People have the option to not buy the Post if they don’t like it. Don’t you have something more important to discuss?

  • pairadimes

    The story is not that the paper has these photographs on its front page – it is the events themselves, and the fact that people are unwilling to face the reality of it. Sheep.

  • Guest

    I wonder how many of these people objected to that picture of the South Vietnamese solider pointing a handgun at a Viet Cong who had just murdered a whole bunch of people…

  • $23629333

    We live in a society where someone can be shoved in front of a subway train or shot in broad daylight – with folks watching – and the NY Post is drawing attention to that fact. The NY Post is revealing a sick society. Apparently, the truth hurts.

  • RichardBlaine

    The shooter is obviously a victim, and it is our duty to comfort him and strive to understand him.

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      The day after they catch him, they’ll probably post pictures of him with his prom tux so we can see what a precious young man with a future he was….

  • http://twitter.com/KahNayNay KahNayNay

    How was this photo taken? How is the Post able to get these shots? Is there a scandal in the making? The real question is: How did the perp have a gun to murder anyone in Manhattan anyway? I thouhgt Bloomberg has seen to it that nobody has guns in NYC!!!!!

  • Lgbpop

    Rather than get upset with a newspaper for publicizing the cesspool that is NYC, why not start cleaning up your cesspool?

    I will give y’all credit though, at least you all are safe from saltshakers and large soft drinks.