ABC evening news anchor David Muir is getting some heat after posing for a photo with a former colleague he’d run into near the site of last week’s deadly Amtrak crash.
Muir posed with a fellow former Syracuse TV reporter at the scene.
“Ex-Channel 5 (WTVH) anchor Tracy Davidson posted a photo of herself on Twitter Wednesday with her former co-worker David Muir,” scolded Syracuse.com, which is affiliated with that market’s newspaper The Post-Standard. “Both were covering Tuesday’s derailment that left eight people dead and injured more than 200 others, but appeared all smiles in the picture.”
“Here’s a reunion for you @KathyOrrCBS3 @DavidMuir #Syracuse #nostalgia,” Davidson wrote in a snap-explaining tweet. It’s been expunged, but news-industry site FTVLive took a screen grab and broke the news with the headline: “TRAIN CRASH, PEOPLE DEAD…LET’S TAKE A SELFIE.”
Others followed suit:
Some note the photo is not technically a “selfie” because Orr did not actually take the photo herself. But whatever you call it, the appropriateness of journalists posting smiling photos of oneself at scenes of tragedies is a subject of much debate among news outlets.
Back in October, Anderson Cooper chastized a Sun News reporter who asked him to join him in a selfie outside a fatal shooting in Ottawa. “No, I will not take a photo with you on a day where someone was killed,” Cooper scolded, adding, “It seems wildly inappropriate” and telling the reporter to “have a little respect.”
The reporter nicked Cooper for turning him down, via Twitter.
“I can’t believe CNN would employ you when you SWEAR to your fans,” he tweeted. “I simply asked for a photo. YOU are exploiting this tragedy by flying to Ottawa from NYC. I just got out of a 12 hr lockdown.”
Politicians also have come in for some nicking over the “see me here” photo taking at certain events. ABC News was among the many outlets that had a field day, mostly digitally, when President Obama posed for a selfie with
“It really does take away from the White House’s message,” an ABC News reporter noted at the time in a digital report. “I’m sure they’re not too happy about it.”