The New York Post continues taking a beating for having published a cover photo of 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han moments before he was struck by a New York subway train. Han had been thrown onto the track bed by another man and was killed when the train hit him. Freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi was on the scene and snapped some shots of the incident, though he claims he was just trying to flash his camera to signal the train conductor to slow down.
The humanity of Abbasi’s actions are getting the Internet’s best rear-view-mirror assessment, with mixed reviews. Abbasi himself offers an account in the New York Post, attempting to shut up the online criticism — he never could have reached the man, he says. It all went down “so fast.”
David Carr of the New York Times writes draws a contrast between Abbasi’s actions and those of the New York Post. The newspaper, he writes, wasn’t confronted with a complicated, split-second decision in a hostile and fast-moving environment. It faced a routine call on how to deal with a freelance photo, and it reached a decision “driven by a moral and commercial calculus that was sickening to behold,” Carr contends.