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.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 27, 2015
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.
— Tom Coates (@MrTomCoates) August 27, 2015
— ANDRE DEL VALLE (@AndreFDelValle) August 27, 2015
— Jon Burk (@MrJonBurk) August 27, 2015
“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.