A passenger injured in the New Jersey transit train crash Thursday morning was mobbed by reporter requests after posting photos on social media.
The Twitter user, named Laura, posted two photos after the commuter train crashed into a Hoboken terminal, killing one passenger and injuring more than 100 others.
My train just derailed and crashed into the Hoboken train station. Thankfully all I got was a crack to my head, please pray for the rest pic.twitter.com/DEm34qFSFI
— Laura (@rustysombrero) September 29, 2016
“My train just derailed and crashed into the Hoboken train station,” she wrote. “Thankfully all I got was a crack to my head, please pray for the rest.” The comments on her post grew as the “sick” media began to “descend” on her.
Vulture reporters descend on person injured in #NJTransit Hoboken train derailment. The media is just sick. pic.twitter.com/0V7cpC0pHk
— neontaster (@neontaster) September 29, 2016
This certainly can’t help the public’s negative perception of the press.
@rustysombrero Hi Laura. Did you take these photos? If so, do we have permission to use them on all of our platforms?
— NJ.com (@njdotcom) September 29, 2016
@rustysombrero Laura – glad you’re ok! Do you know how the train derailed? And can Fox News have permission to use your photos in our story?
— Cody Derespina (@CDerespina) September 29, 2016
@rustysombrero Laura, I’m with Fox News, are you ok?
— Joel Waldman (@joelwaldmanFOX) September 29, 2016
@rustysombrero Hi! This is Sherea Harris with Fox6 news in Alabama. May I use your pictures?
— Sherea Harris (@ShereaHarris) September 29, 2016
@rustysombrero Hi Laura – glad you’re okay. Any chance you could talk to DNAinfo about what happened? I’m at 646 214 7817
— Adam Nichols (@Adam__Nichols) September 29, 2016
@rustysombrero I hope you are OK! Are you available for a quick interview?
— Angela Moon (@angelamoon00) September 29, 2016
@rustysombrero Hi Laura, Natisha with CNN/HLN. Hoping you’re ok. Are you able to talk with us over the phone about what happened? DM me
— Natisha Lance (@NatishaLance) September 29, 2016
@rustysombrero Are you OK? If you feel able to talk, please would you DM a number. Thank you.
— BBC_HaveYourSay (@BBC_HaveYourSay) September 29, 2016
In fact, Laura’s comments section was filled with almost only media requests to use her story, her photos or get an interview.
Twitter users resoundingly condemned the reporters and sounded off in their own tweets.
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@MotherShuck I despise the fake concern. “Hope you’re ok! DM me!”
— neontaster (@neontaster) September 29, 2016
“Glad you’re not dead and mangled! Hey I have a few questions” https://t.co/EZy4pZ9Duh
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) September 29, 2016
@neontaster @MotherShuck circling vultures
— Mike the Marine (@MJSclafani) September 29, 2016
@neontaster @billcuzby I believe the answer to that question is “Pay Me.”
— Nowhere Man (@ElGoodo63) September 29, 2016
@neontaster Am I seeing nothing but bots spamming? Or are these humans who have zero self awareness.
— Dale Sinclair (@BlankAlwaysWins) September 29, 2016
@neontaster but lawyers are ambulance chasers.
— Casey Mattox (@CaseyMattox_) September 29, 2016
@neontaster It’s like ambulance chasers but some how sadder and poorer.
— Blister (@dogwelder11) September 29, 2016
@neontaster this is media these days. User generated content replacing actual journalists. Sad.
— Mrs. Pippin (@zoomusikgrl) September 29, 2016
@rustysombrero @JDGlasser Women cracks head in train accident. Multi billion $ media companies beg for free pictures. Hope your head’s ok.
— Carl Gottlieb (@c_cgottlieb) September 29, 2016
@TVnewsMatt @rustysombrero How about letting her see to her injury first? Your Pulitzer can wait.
— Me, Myself & I, I, I (@LifeOnAHorse) September 29, 2016
@rustysombrero Hi Laura I’ll help translate some of these journos tweets:
“Hope ur ok” = we dont care, gimme ur photos, kerrrching#vultures
— Nick (@lagerassassin) September 29, 2016
@neontaster@Coondawg68 And they wonder why we don’t take them seriously
— Bitterchick (@Bitterchick) September 29, 2016
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