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Today hosts wrong to humiliate subway photographer

9:00 AM EST, December 7, 2012

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By now, many have seen the horrific photograph from the front page of the New York Post ("Police question man in N.Y. subway train death," Dec. 5). A man clings helplessly to the platform of a New York subway seconds before he is struck and killed by an oncoming car.

The man who took the photograph was lambasted and humiliated on the Today Show by the supreme judges, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. They questioned, grilled and toasted the photographer. Their assumption was that the photographer should have been attempting to rescue the man who was shoved onto the path of the oncoming subway car. His reasoning was that he took multiple photographs with the flash to try to call attention to the car engineer to get him to stop.

Everyone reacts differently to crisis and trauma. Who are these media mavens to judge this man based on his actions? I am sickened by the misuse of stature and power with the intimidating interview tactics of Mr. Lauer and Ms. Guthrie.

Does the phrase "walk a mile in my shoes" mean anything at all to these callous media darlings?

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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