New York Daily News’ cover causes outrage over graphic images of slain journalist
The New York Daily News is no stranger to provocative images and headlines, but critics say the paper went too far with its Aug. 27 cover depicting the death of a journalist broadcast live on television.
The newspaper published three still images from a video uploaded by suspected shooter Vester L. Flanagan II. The graphic images show reporter Alison Parker of WDBJ-TV seconds before she was shot up until the moment when it appears the first bullet hits her body.
Parker and a cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a disgruntled former newsroom employee early Wednesday during a live interview with Vicki Gardner, executive director of a local Chamber of Commerce, in Smith Mountain Lake, about 35 miles from Roanoke, Va. He later posted the shooting on Facebook and Twitter.
The Daily News was not alone in its decision to publish the graphic images. Several newspapers in the U.K., including The Daily Mirror, The Daily Star of Scotland and The Sun, used the images from the gunman’s point of view on their Thursday covers. Others outlets, like the BBC and The Guardian said it would not publish the videos.
The Daily News cover with images blurred.