Tweet of the Day: Did New York Daily News cover on Virginia shooting cross the line?

Tweet of the Day: Did New York Daily News cover on Virginia shooting cross the line?
Alison Parker and boyfriend Chris Hurst

New York’s Daily News caused a major stir on Twitter after it published its Thursday cover showing screenshots of Wednesday’s on-air murder of reporters in Virginia.

With the headline “EXECUTED ON LIVE TV,” it shows a frame-by-frame view of the video captured from the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan, point-of-view at the exact moment he started firing.

The last frame in the cover photo shows Alison Parker’s terrified face just after she had been struck by the first bullet.

Reaction to the cover came swiftly, and pointed out that publishing this on the cover of a New York news paper will give the killer exactly what he wanted.

“There is an emphasis on winning the front page,” Jake Duhaime, a friend of Parker’s boyfriend Chris Hurst, told the Washington Post. “… 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.”

The New York Post, another tabloid in the city, went with a similar image and the headline “TV MURDER.”


This report, by Josh Fatzick, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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