He Died Because Americans Wouldn't Help!

He Died Because Americans Wouldn't Help!

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HEARTS OF DARKNESS

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Dec 5, 2012
New York Post, Video, Ki Suk Han, R. Umar Abbasi, New York Post Subway, New York Post Subway Photo, R Umar Abbasi, R Umar Abbasi Ki Suk Han, Media News
The photographer who captured the notorious image of a man about to be killed by an oncoming subway car defended himself in multiple interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday, saying that he had no chance to help the man out of the subway tracks where he had been pushed.

The New York Post sparked outrage by putting the horrifiying picture of Ki Suk Han's imminent death on its front page on Tuesday. The picture was taken by R. Umar Abbasi, a freelance photographer for the Post who happened to be in the subway station. He said he had started taking snaps so that the driver of the subway would see his camera's flash and be alerted that something was wrong.

Abbasi's photographs were hotly debated by photojournalists, with some saying Abbasi had a duty to help, not take pictures, and others defending his actions.

Abbasi defended himself in an interview with the New York Times, a first-person piece in the Post, and an appearance on "Today" on Wednesday.

The Post itself threatened to add more fuel to the fire by putting the image of Han on its front page for a second day in a row, along with a teaser for Abbasi's piece.

Writing in the Post, Abbasi said the image of Han on the tracks was haunting him:
O GREAT SATAN

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Dec 5, 2012
"It was one of the most horrible things I have ever seen, to watch that man dying there. When it was over, I didn't look at the pictures. I didn't even know at all that I had even captured the images in such detail. I didn't look at them. I didn't want to. It was just too emotional a day.
I brought the camera memory card back to the office and turned it in. Two detectives came and looked at the photos and I just sat in a chair.

When I finally looked at them late that night, my heart started racing. It was terrible, seeing it happen all over again. I didn't sleep at all. All I can hear is that man's head against that train: Boom! Boom! Boom!

I have to say I was surprised at the anger over the pictures, of the people who are saying: Why didn't he put the camera down and pull him out?"
HEARTS OF DARKNESS

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Dec 5, 2012
He didn't have to die. If just but one American lifted a finger to help.
ONLY IN AMERICA

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Dec 5, 2012
"If just a few people ran to the edge and hoisted him up by the arms, he might very well have survived. I've done this myself with the help of 2 others when an older lady fell into the tracks. Two things: People will indeed stand around, possibly in shock, when someone falls onto the tracks.

Even though I was kneeling at the edge of the platform, I STILL had to shout to specific people: "You in the hat. Come here. Grab her arm." Only then did people respond. I wish that had been the case here."
NO COMMON DECENCY

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Dec 5, 2012
"Perhaps he couldn't've help. Perhaps. Okay, maybe he gets a pass if one is to believe him. But to then take pictures of the guy being killed, or about to be killed is gruesome, macabre and everything else that is wrong with this world. Hey I can't help, I might as well take pictures of him being killed. What the heck."
NO COMMON DECENCY

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Dec 5, 2012
"I will never buy the NY Post again. This photo was beyond disturbing and should NOT have been on the front page where it can be seen by everyone who walks by. And the photog should have helped instead of making money off the pictures. Unspeakable."
THIS IS AMERICA

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Dec 5, 2012
"Shut up!!! What do you mean it was disturbing and should not have been on the front page?

Why in the world are you trying to sensor the world? Get OVER IT!!! This is not a Communist Country and Man I hope it never becomes one!"
THIS IS AMERICA

Brooklyn, NY

#9 Dec 5, 2012
"Opportunist who has forgotten what it is to be human. I hope you choke and die on the money you made watching another person die."
Drgunzet

Meridian, ID

#10 Dec 5, 2012
I am very disappointed. I expected to see at least someone tried to help the poor man. Even if the help failed to save the man, at least try.

I am even more worried that perhaps the man did not get any help because he is an Asian, and perhaps people mistook him to be Chinese.

Would you risk to a Chinese in a life&death situation when you are pissy at China's doing an unfair trade attack against America?
PURE EVIL

Brooklyn, NY

#12 Dec 5, 2012
That's why they're called, GREAT SATAN!
ONLY IN AMERICA

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Dec 5, 2012
Why couldn't someone help?
Drgunzet

Meridian, ID

#14 Dec 5, 2012
ONLY IN AMERICA wrote:
Why couldn't someone help?
22 seconds were too short for people to snap out of the panic mode.

In China, give the Chinese 22 minutes and none will help.
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#15 Dec 5, 2012
The man from Boise is a Vietnamese like the one from Clarksville. Don;t these VN smell. They would not help a fellow man and saying this is right.
RayH

Shenzhen, China

#16 Dec 5, 2012
Drgunzet wrote:
I am very disappointed. I expected to see at least someone tried to help the poor man. Even if the help failed to save the man, at least try.
I am even more worried that perhaps the man did not get any help because he is an Asian, and perhaps people mistook him to be Chinese.
Would you risk to a Chinese in a life&death situation when you are pissy at China's doing an unfair trade attack against America?
If you were down there, nobody would save you either. Must be a left over from the Vietnam War.
HEARTS OF DARKNESS

Brooklyn, NY

#17 Dec 6, 2012
"The New York Post photographer Umar Abbasi and the other people who just stood there and watched this man die should be accessories to murder in my book. What a disgrace these people are."
HEARTS OF DARKNESS

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Dec 6, 2012
"And, in this current world, one will find less good Samaritans. Everyone out for themselves. God bless the good old days, when people actually cared about their fellowman."
HEARTS OF DARKNESS

Brooklyn, NY

#19 Dec 6, 2012
"IF there were actually bystanders who did nothing to help pull this man to safety, they TOO should be charged with attempted murder.

There is an existing law in NY state that if a medical person is present at an accident or other emergency and does NOTHING (within the scope of their training) to help, they can be sued so there must be a law that covers allowing someone to die without at least ATTEMPTING to help - I find it hard to believe there were people there who did nothing???"
HEARTS OF DARKNESS

Brooklyn, NY

#20 Dec 6, 2012
"Yea this is insane that there were no reports of ANY person trying to help this man; doing absolutely nothing is almost the equivalent of murder.

This is really tragic and heartbreaking that there is no news of anyone making an attempt to help the man."
HEARTS OF DARKNESS

Brooklyn, NY

#21 Dec 6, 2012
"I hope one day your loved one isn't in a desperate situation with people looking on and not reaching out their hand to help. God bless that poor man. May God comfort his family and friends. This situation is so heart breaking."
HE DIDNT HAVE TO DIE

Brooklyn, NY

#22 Dec 6, 2012
"As ghoulish as it is, the photo depicts news that got the world's attention of not only our inhumanity to each other, but one man's despicable decision to place his career over a societal "obligation" of at least attempting to reasonably aid the victim. Hopefully, it was a split-decision he now regrets after not sleeping so well.

If nothing else, the NY Post, in this case, has provided a teaching moment. Had the photo come from (say) a surveillance camera, then publishing it might be an appropriate editorial decision. But rewarding a photojournalist's profiteering in this manner sets the bar to a disgusting new low."

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