The NY Post‘s “Suicide Selfie” Cover, as Covered by the NY Post

12.04.13 Andy Cush

Don’t jump–until the Post gets this picture for its cover!

The New York Post’s poor taste reached a new low on Wednesday when the paper published on its cover a photo of a suicidal man on the Brooklyn Bridge along with a woman who was supposedly taking a “selfie” in front of him.

With hundreds of thousands of daily readers counting on it to deliver the news, the terrible tabloid opted instead to exploit this man’s trauma and manufacture outrage at an anonymous woman for the sake of a “good story.”

The poor excuse for a newspaper even seemed take some sick pleasure in publishing its piece.

When contacted by ANIMAL afterward, finger-pointing Post photographer and reporter Paul Martinka suddenly became shy, not returning our calls or emails.

The shot of the unidentified woman–whose cell phone camera probably didn’t even pick up the jumper, assuming she was even taking a picture–has instantly earned a place in the rogue’s gallery, not far behind the Post’s infamous “Bag Men” and “DSK Maid a Hooker” headlines.

The paper’s reportage is so wildly biased and inaccurate that Peter Hart of the media watchdog organization Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting recently wrote “most days it’s a good idea to ignore whatever it is the right-wing New York Post tabloid is putting on their cover.”

The Post doesn’t only go after politicians and public figures with its frequently outrageous claims–average people have also become its targets.

One of the most notorious incidents came in Boston in April, when the tabloid identified Salaheddin Barhoum, 16, and Yassine Zaimi, 24, as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing despite their having nothing to do with the incident.

Post editor-in-chief Col Allan defended that cover, stating at the time that the paper “[stood] by its story.”

Today, the New York Post published a cover story about an anonymous woman who allegedly took a photo of herself in front of a suicidal man atop the Brooklyn Bridge. Low on facts and high on trashy speculation, it uses one man’s very real trauma to drum up a faux trend story about America’s supposed “selfie” obsession. This piece imagines what it might look like if the Post wrote about its own hypocrisy.