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Publication of Photo Criticized: Readers and the Daily News Denounce New York Post's Publication of Uncovered Body of Deceased 4-Year Old

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Publication of Photo Criticized: Readers and the Daily News Denounce New York Post's Publication of Uncovered Body of Deceased 4-Year Old

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Publication of photo criticized

The New York Post apologized to readers offended by its picture of Conor Clapton's body after the 4-year-old son of rock guitarist Eric Clapton fell out a 49-story window.

After hundreds of readers called to complain, the Post explained in an unusual Page 2 editorial that editors anticipated some negative reaction but ran the photo because of a "genuine" public safety concern" - window guards that could have prevented the accident.

The photo showed one side of the boy's face as he lay on a lower roof surrounded by police.

"Our purpose, needless to say, was not to offend. Nor was it to invade the privacy of Eric Clapton or his family. Nor was it mere sensation," the editorial said.

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News, in the first edition published by Robert Maxwell, covered the Post controversy by taking a jab at its competitor.

"Who would put a picture of a dead baby in the paper? My kids were hysterical," the News reported one irate caller as having told the paper. …

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