This Instagrammed photo (blurred due to graphic content) allegedly of a victim of today’s Empire State Building shooting, was online for less than an hour before the two biggest newswires in the world, along with a national newspaper and a network television station, had asked to acquire rights to it. Photographer appears to be cooperating.
It’s an age-old process made staggeringly efficient — Reddit and Twitter and Instagram, once more, are the go-to places for eyewitness accounts. (And, as is always the case, the veracity of the reports ranges from apparently true to obviously and flagrantly false. Update: or maybe not.)
The graphic photo is here.
UPDATE: Another one, from a different photographer and of a different victim. The juxtaposition of the comments is really something:
- President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump had their first dance to Frank Sinatra's "My Way" at an inaugural ball 🇺🇸
- On his first day in office President Trump signed an executive order to "minimize the economic burden" of the Affordable Care Act.
- Over 200 people were arrested as anti-Trump protesters and police clashed in Washington, DC, during the inauguration.
- Flights around the country are packed with pink as people stream into Washington, DC, for the Women's March, happening the day after Donald Trump's inauguration 👩❤️👩