nypostThe cover of this morning’s New York Post, that bastion of good journalism, screams “Blade Slays Blonde,” with accompanying photographs of a bikini-clad murder victim and a legless murder suspect. “Legless Olympian arrested” the headline further explains.

Continuing in the newspaper’s tradition of carrying the utmost respect for the sanctity of human life is the New York Daily News, which went with the more subtle headline of “Blade Gunner.”

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After looking at the covers of the respective newspapers, I’d ask you to close your eyes, and imagine the hell storm of jagged ice spears and fire bolts of lightning that would rain down upon an online content provider that exhibited a similar lack of respect for the killing of a woman, who was allegedly the victim of domestic violence prior to her untimely death.

Certainly, there’s an element of humor to this grandiose showing of irreverence and acceptance of salaciousness. It’s funny that these two¬†publications¬†would choose to be so inappropriate. However, it’s a grotesque sort of humor that causes laughter in those desperate not to think about the motivation behind publishing such impudence and the impious individuals who would purposely purchase such filth, further strengthening the urge to cater to the drives of the lowest common denominator.

For background on Thursday’s shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, please see yesterday’s post.

Comments (12)

  1. really weird that we’re ogling a dead woman, I guess same goes whenever a magazine trots out the marylin monroe photos. but in this case they could have waited a bit before… well this…

  2. will he be brought to trial or will he *pause* walk? “YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH”

  3. I also have an issue with the fact that *accused* criminals can have their image and name so widely circulated in the media. Even if he didn’t do it and is found innocent, he’ll forever be assosciated with the murder.

    • That’s my biggest issue with this soon to be trial as well. “Innocent until proven guilty” is one of the main, if not main, bastions of the criminal justice system and what it represents. Oscar Pistorius lost this case before it even began.

  4. wow, that’s kinda fucked up

  5. I could understand the outrage if the Post and Daily News were respected newspapers. Since they are tabloids, I expect something like this.

  6. Wow, that’s messed up!

  7. Police are saying he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

  8. Both trash rags so no shock there. The weird thing to me is that both refer to her as his ‘gal pal’. Seems oddly…archaic?

    • ‘Gal pal’ saves a crucial 4 letters-worth of space over ‘girl friend’. It’s all about the shortest headline possible. It’s the same reason Katherine MIddleton is always called ‘Kate’, even though nobody in her family calls her that, Diana Spencer was always called ‘Di’ and snow causes ‘chaos’ and not ‘disruption’.

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