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.
I wonder who will be getting killed on the cover of the New York Post tomorrow! #snuffpaper
— Michael Schreiber (@schreibot) December 12, 2012
— David Brody (@David_Brody) December 12, 2012
another day, another person about to die on the cover of the New York Post
— Michael Crowley (@michaelcrowley) December 12, 2012
@nypost is my all time favorite newspaper but lately I have been really disappointed by the lack of regard for human life on the front page
— Sarah Sanzari (@SSanzari) December 12, 2012
— Erin⭐️ (@IrishErinB) December 12, 2012
iTotally Get Why Some People Are Bitching About The #NyPost Cover its A Bit Disrespect Full !
— Dulce Santana (@4Dulce) December 12, 2012
— Sandra Nygaard (@suddenlysandra) December 12, 2012
You stay classy, @nypost. Publishes yet another "imminent Faces of Death" photo on front page, gleefully tweets about it.
— Will Levith (@Mediawill) December 12, 2012
@nypost you guys just really won't ever stop with this..Disgusting
— Shekhinah Glory (@TheeReadingRoom) December 12, 2012
@nypost You guys are overdoing it a bit on the brink-of-death covers lately, no?
— Lindsay Lambert Day (@MsDayTripper) December 12, 2012
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.”