Muck Rack echo: How we remember James Foley
by Jamie Moses - posted 2:36 pm, August 20, 2014
It takes truly horrible news to eclipse all other bad news, and that’s just what we’ve received: ISIS claims to have killed captive American journalist James Foley. ISIS briefly posted a video yesterday allegedly showing the beheading of Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria roughly two years ago. In a moving Facebook post, his mother Diane Foley writes, “We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”
Some discord erupted over whether to show images from Foley’s execution while reporting his death; many fiercely felt this was inappropriate and, worse, helped spread the ISIS message.
In a surprising but comforting turn, Twitter announced its team was working to suspend accounts of anyone tweeting graphic images of Foley’s death (1,911 shares). This would include ISIS supporters, who appeared to be harassing Foley mourners with screen grabs of his purported death. “We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery. Thank you,” Twitter CEO Dick Costolo reveals. “Bravo! Could also start with @nypost front page tweet,” Heidi Moore suggests at Guardian US. Yeah, about that. The New York Post didn’t think twice about using Foley’s last moments as fodder for their front page today, and has been almost universally condemned for that choice (664 shares).