Most horrific 'New York Post' wood ever?
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Not to make light of a tragedy, but doesn't it seem like whenever there's some headline-making accident or crime scene, there just happens to be a reporter or photographer from one of the tabloids passing by as the action unfolds?
That was the case yesterday when an unidentified "lunatic" pushed a 58-year-old Queens man named Ki Suk Han onto the tracks of an incoming Q train in Times Square following a verbal dispute:
[New York] Post freelance photographer R. Umar Abbasi — who had been waiting on the platform of the 49th Street station — ran toward the train, repeatedly firing off his flash to warn the operator.
“I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash,” said Abbasi, whose camera captured chilling shots of Suk’s tragic fight for his life.
A fight Suk did not win: "The train slowed, but a dazed and bruised Han still wound up hopelessly caught between it and the platform as it came to a halt." He died later at Roosevelt hospital.
And with that, we nominate the wood of today's New York Post as one of the most horrific tabloid covers in history:
We have an email out to a Post spokesperson seeking comment and we'll let you know if we hear back.
UPDATE: A reader writes: "This to me was as distasteful - actually, more distasteful, but I'm biased - than the subway guy today. The girl died on March 6, 2004. When the Post learned the girl was an NYU student, they re-ran the photo on the cover several days later with basically no other news than ID'ing the university."
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The @nypost and the employee who made the call to put the man about to die from a train on its cover are pieces of trash. Despicable.— Lee Gerowitz (@LeeGero) December 4, 2012
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Judd Apatow is the guest editor for Vanity Fair's first-ever comedy issue:
Three covers, each featuring a selection of some of the funniest comic performersworking today, merely hint at the sheer abundance of extremely talented people who contributed to Vanity Fair’s January issue. Writer, director, and producer Judd Apatow guest-edited the magazine’s first-ever comedy issue, which bursts with photos, profiles, and writing by those who keep America (not to mention the world) in stitches. The centerpiece of the issue is a 19-page portfolio of photos by Mark Seliger, who also shot the covers.
"This is a golden age of comedy. There are so many brilliantly funny people right now. I could have done a dozen covers but sadly they would only agree to pay for three," Apatow said.
Some of the stars of Apatow’s new movie, This Is 40, appear on a cover that pays tribute to such 60s-and-70s-era variety shows as Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, with Leslie Mann in bikini and body paint à la Goldie Hawn and Melissa McCarthy dressed as Lily Tomlin’s Edith Ann; Paul Rudd plays show host and Megan Fox is a sexy bellhop. Another cover features Jim Carrey dressed up as Evel Knievel, Maya Rudolph doing an ancient Egyptian reminiscent of Steve Martin in his King Tut days, Will Ferrell as a cowboy, and Amy Poehler as a 60s go-go girl. Finally, Kristen Wiig plays Cher to Ben Stiller’s Sonny on another cover alongside Chris Rock doing a Nipsey Russell thing and Jerry Seinfeld decked out in a Nehru jacket.
“It canreasonably be said that the comedy industry is booming these days, in movies, on television, and onstage. And who better to oversee an entire issue on the subject than one of the great impresarios of the business,” writes Graydon Carter in his Editor’s Letter. “Judd was a terrific collaborator, brimming with suggestions and infectious energy—precisely the sort of high-wattage,Hollywood-style enthusiasm that can alternately excite you and drive you a bit crazy.”
“I have always loved comedy, and this portfolio and issue, filled with men and women I admire, are my attempt to show you what it means to me,” writes Apatow in A Note from the Guest Editor. “Some of them have shaped my sensibility; others just make me laugh.”
Conan O’Brien, Lena Dunham, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner are just some of the legends past, present, and future that Apatow corralled for the Comedy Portfolio. Louis C.K. answers the Proust Questionnaire, and JohnHeilpern goes out to lunch with Jimmy Fallon.