Why We're So Disturbed by Post's Subway Cover
Two writers weigh in on the controversial picture of Ki Suk Han
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2012 1:13 PM CST
The 'New York Post' tweeted this picture of its cover.   (Tumblr)

(Newser) – When the New York Post splashed a picture of Ki Suk Han's final moments on its cover yesterday, it managed to do a rare thing: get the general public interested in journalism ethics. People were incensed, and in the New York Times, David Carr examines why that is. The picture of Han desperately trying to get out of the path of an oncoming subway train symbolizes many deep-seated feelings: our inherent suspicion of the media; our fear that no one will come to our aid when the worst happens; our terror over the idea that public spaces have increasingly become fraught with danger; our fear of death itself.

Carr thinks the Post "milked the death of someone for maximum commercial effect." But in the New Republic, Tom McGeveran writes that, sure, the cover was tasteless—but that's exactly the point. The Post is a tabloid, and it knows what will sell papers. "It's fine to hate the conversations the Post chooses to foster and insert itself into, but it's a tougher thing to tell it, or any newspaper, that it ought to be better than the people who read it," McGeveran writes. Click for his full column, or Carr's.

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Corsica
Dec 6, 2012 8:51 AM CST
Isn't there a "dead man's switch" on these trains that stop them immediately that the driver could've employed? Sure some people would've been thrown to the floor but look at what the alternative was. Also there are openings or indentations in the walls of these stations that Han could've jumped into and avoid being hit. There is also a space underneath the platform that he could've crouch into. But since he was intoxicated and panicky he obviously wasn't aware of those options.
DougMasters
Dec 5, 2012 1:48 PM CST
Hate the game not the playa.
markcookus1
Dec 5, 2012 1:45 PM CST
Instead of trying to climb out, why not run down the tracks until the subway came to a stop?