The photo on the front page of today’s New York Post lays out the scene about as starkly as possible: a man apparently trying to pull himself up onto the platform as a subway train approaches. “This man is about to die,” the cover line reads.
The image is undeniably vivid. But should it have been published? And should the photographer, who told The Post he ran toward the train shooting, “hoping that the driver would see my flash,” have put his camera down and tried to help the victim, Ki-Suck Han, with the ranting man who had just pushed Mr. Han still nearby?