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New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover

Following the apparent death of American journalist James Foley, members of the media urged a self-imposed blackout on the images purporting to show his execution.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM  |  Updated Aug. 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- While the vast majority of media outlets refused to show images from a video showing the alleged execution of American journalist James Foley, the New York Post did just the opposite.

Most news organizations, heeded those calls and that of Foley's sister.

But the New York Post, a paper not exactly known for its journalistic restraint, went ahead and splashed a gruesome image of the moment before Foley's alleged execution on its front page.

"SAVAGES!" the cover shouted, over an image of Foley with the executioner's knife at his throat.

Condemnation of the cover was swift, accusing the Post of falling for the Islamic State's propaganda efforts and "doing the work for them."

The criticism included many who wondered whether Twitter would act to suspend the Post, as it had actively gone after other accounts for sharing the image.

Twitter told Business Insider it would not suspend the Post's account, nor that of the New York Daily News, which put a similar image on its cover.

"The Post's tweet contains this warning for some users, depending on their media settings," Twitter said.

But the best response was less a condemnation, and more a gentle nudge at a better cover idea.

The hashtag #ISISMediablackout was tweeted more than 9,000 times on Tuesday as word of Foley's death began to spread.

The trend appeared to originate with one woman with the handle @LibyaLiberty, as a reminder that organizations like the Islamic State rely on a sophisticated online media strategy to spread their message.

"You know what I think? And I know how crazy this sounds,but we need an #ISISmediaBlackout. Amputate their reach. Pour water on their flame," she tweeted. "From here on out, I won't share any photo or video of violence intentionally recorded & released by ISIS for propaganda."

Topics: James Foley
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