NY Daily News sparks outrage with 'sickening' WDBJ shooting cover

WDBJ Reporters Killed On TV Memoralized By Station Manager

The New York Daily News has been slammed on social media for its insensitive reporting of Wednesday's fatal WDBJ shooting that left a reporter and a photographer dead.

The cover of Thursday's edition of the tabloid paper shows features a close-up shot of suspect Vester Flanagan as he fired at Alison Parker while doing a standard live shot with an interviewee at Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta, Virginia.

Three parallel photos from the point of view of the killer reveal Parker's horrified expression as the gun fires,with the headline "Executed on Live TV" wrapping around the shocking images.


The graphic reenactment quickly sparked outrage on social media, with people voicing their disgust and threatening to boycott the paper.

"What's so stunningly ugly about the NY Daily News front page is that it's the image the shooter wanted us to see," one Twitter user wrote.

"Absolutely appalled they're putting this out. All for an extra dollar," tweeted another. "Sickening how the front page of the NY Daily News tomatoes chose that as a cover than this ‪#WDBJ," was a further person's judgment.

Both Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were killed, while the woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, was shot in the back but survived.

Flanagan, the suspect in the shooting and a former colleague of the two journalists, died later Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after leading police on a car chase, authorities said.

The screen grabs on the Daily News' front page are taken from video posted on a Twitter account under the name Bryce Williams — a pseudonym Flanagan used as an on-air anchor — which showed someone walking up to the WDBJ news crew and pointing a gun at them.

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NY Daily News sparks outrage with 'sickening' WDBJ shooting cover
My heart goes out to the two journalists who were shot in Virginia this morning. My show airs on @WDBJ7 every day. Sending love to you all.
Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims' families in Virginia. -H
Heartbroken over senseless murders today in Smith Mountain Lake. State Police on scene working w/ local law agencies to capture suspect.
Thoughts w/the loved ones & colleagues of the young #WDBJ journalists murdered this a.m. doing the jobs they loved. http://t.co/AkhMmccGIW
Shocked and horrified by the news coming out of Virginia... To murder people and then live tweet about it?? It's sick.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and colleagues of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. So heartbreaking #WDBJ https://t.co/lgmCAKdXxX
Shocked by the insanity of the Virginia shooting. My thoughts are with the loved ones and I hope we will find a solution to this madness.
I've worked in markets like #WDBJ. Sometimes you're early in your career, and your coworkers are a 2nd family. I can't imagine their grief
Heartbroken about the shooting in Va today. My deepest sympathy to family & friends of Alison and Adam, prayers for Vicki. @WDBJ7 #hometown
Two journalist were shot and killed today. On TV. Live. Let me guess. Now is not the time to discuss gun control?
Senseless violence tears at my heart today. Thoughts are with the loved ones of the news crew killed in Virginia this morning.
So sorry and shocked to hear about the shooting in Virginia. My heart goes out to the victims families and loved ones
Remember that even when shooting deaths are happening in front of our eyes on live TV, it's not the right time to talk about gun control.
Alison Parker. Adam Ward. What a sad, sad day. Two journalists murdered doing their jobs.
Horrified to hear that 2 young journalists were shot & killed doing the job they loved. Praying for the #WDBJ family. http://t.co/kE0sAJhCy3
Not sure how these folks at #WDBJ are doing what they're doing today. Pros beyond pros. Can't even imagine.
Shocked by the horrific murders in Roanoke. Columba and I are praying for Alison, Adam and all those affected.
Cathy and I are praying for the friends and family of those killed in the tragic shooting in Franklin County this morning.
Tragic loss of @dowork88 and @AParkerWDBJ7 this morning. Our prayers go out to their friends, family and the entire news crew. - SW
Senseless. Awful. My thoughts are with the entire @WDBJ7 family. -O'M https://t.co/0LSdthgKE7
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and #WDBJ7. Absolutely heartbreaking.
Janet & I are heartbroken by the deaths of @WDBJ7 journalists Alison Parker & Adam Ward. Praying for everyone affected by this tragedy.
All of our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and loved ones of @WDBJ7’s Alison and Adam.
My prayers go out to the @WDBJ7 family and their tragic loss this morning.
My thoughts & prayers are with all affected by the shooting this morning in Roanoke, Virginia.
My thoughts are with the family & friends of Amy & Adam from @WDBJ7. Like so many other journalists, their work is central to our freedom.
#RIPAlisonandAdam you feel safe at work. your guards were down because why wouldn't they be? This was SO unfair. 24 and 27 years old.
So the shooter has a Twitter account where he's posting videos of himself walking up and committing the shooting. Good God.
Already this year, 39 journalists have been killed around the world. Today, 2 more names are being added to the list. http://t.co/l0rR6tXTig

Another tweet said, "I filmed the shooting." The Facebook and Twitter account have since been suspended.

The video shows the gunman approaching Parker and Ward as Parker conducted a routine interview for a local story. The shooter appears to take his time aiming the gun, presenting it and then withdrawing it, before composing the angle of his video and firing at the reporter.

Flanagan faxed a 23-page manifesto to ABC News on that morning in which he hinted at his plans and their motivation: "What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims' initials on them."

The former reporter had a history of anger issues and was fired from the station in February 2013 and was reportedly escorted out of the newsroom by security.

See the tweets ripping the Daily News below.

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NY Daily News sparks outrage with 'sickening' WDBJ shooting cover
I worked in the industry for a long time, laid out 100s of front pages. I am physically ill by NY Daily News. Ashamed to be a New Yorker.
A lot of reporters did a lot of great work today. It'll be an incredible shame if all of that is eclipsed by what the NY Daily News did.
NY Daily News, seriously!? Your cover is disrespectful to not only Allison, Adam, & their families but to everyone who had to see that cover
How can the NY Daily News possibly justify that cover to the families of those two individuals? Unreal. Awful.
the entire NY Daily News editorial team needs to be F I R E D
The NY Daily News is just disgusting news outlet. That cover should get people fired.
Actual humans at NY Daily News thought that was a good idea. It's unfathomable. Not to mention it has to go through many during production.

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