Blaming the (visual) messenger for tragedies

Dec 10, 2012

Almost immediately after the New York Post published R. Umar Abbasi's photograph of Ki-Suck Han's last few living moments on the cover of their tabloid and their Web site, it seems like everyone — media and citizen alike — blamed the visual messenger for doing his journalistic duty. Poynter's Kenneth Irby examines the history of such distortions here.