OSU School Paper Prints A Controversial Photo

Friday, January 11, 2008

The headline of Tuesday's issue of The Lantern (OSU's school paper) read "It Could Be Worse". That probably would have been fine on it's own, but the Editors decided to run a photo of two Firefighters trying to fight a blaze. That's pretty taste in it's own right, but it gets worse when your fellow students think you're comparing the National Championship to 9-11.....

The photo, which ran on the Sports page of The Lantern the day after the Buckeyes were defeated in the national championship game, showed two firefighters battling billowing smoke.

Above the firemen were the words, "It could be worse," 10TV's Maureen Kocot reported.

Based on comments left by readers on the The Lantern's Web site, several people thought the photograph was taken during the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"I think this is in very poor taste," one person wrote. Another student wrote that "the people who put this cover together are fanatics, not fans," Kocot reported.
The Lantern's editor came out and said that in no way was this a depiction of 9-11 and that it's actually a fire fight in South Korea (?)., and now today the paper has printed a non-apology apology....
On the front of Tuesday's Sports section, The Lantern ran a photo of two firefighters battling a business fire in South Korea with the headline, "It could be worse." No one on the staff, myself included, thought of Sept. 11, nor is this a picture of Sept. 11. This has raised a good question for debate: When we see smoke and firefighters, do our minds automatically assume it is Sept. 11? Isn't the end goal of terrorism for us to continue to live in fear and associate every image with that day? The Lantern would never make light of such a catastrophe. We simply wanted Buckeye fans to know, it could be worse. A football loss isn't the end of the world. Neither is this image.
I guess that's a valid point if you think about it, and a great one to make, but not in this way. We're talking about a Sports story and I think it's going to be a long time (if ever) before a 9-11 joke/reference is going to be funny.

Newspaper Photo Rubbed Some The Wrong Way (10TV.com)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:00 AM


How in the world do you come up with this having anything to do with 9-11??!! It's a fire! thousands a day......Too many people's goal in life is to complain. JS

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 11:19:00 AM  

"We're talking about a Sports story and I think it's going to be a long time (if ever) before a 9-11 joke/reference is going to be funny."

That may be true, but let's go back to the fact that THIS PICTURE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11. Other people made that connection, not the paper.

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 11:21:00 AM  

That's the world we live in these days. People will read into a photo, a story, or a comment, whatever they want, and there's nothing we can do about it.

UnHoly Diver said...
Jan 11, 2008, 11:27:00 AM  

The fact is, as an editor of a MAJOR University publication (OSU is 4th biggest by students this year I think), you have to assume people will take this image the wrong way.

Personally, I don't see why you would take an image that is of such a serious nature anyway. Why not take something way over the top like an Asteroid coming to hit Earth or some satirical picture on Global Warming.

I'm from Ohio, been to the campus and have many friends that go there and know of at least one that thought this was a stupid picture to use. Whether or not its from 9/11 is secondary, an image of firefighters battling a fire with an enormous dust/smoke cloud will cause that feeling for a majority of people who lived through that day.

Mez said...
Jan 11, 2008, 11:33:00 AM  

Yeah I'm with Mez on this one. I don't buy the 9-11 stuff either, but you have to assume that someone's going to compare it to something tragic. I mean those any fire is pretty intense in it's own right.

It may stink that we have to think that way now, but such is life.

Jan 11, 2008, 11:41:00 AM  

If they were going to make it something super controversial or "tasteless" they should have used a picture of the VA Tech shooting, not the attacks on the WTC.

I would laugh if I saw it. Now tell me how horible I am.

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 11:54:00 AM  


Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 12:15:00 PM  

And people thought the Kelly Tilghman comment was wrong.

Brett said...
Jan 11, 2008, 12:28:00 PM  

Q: What is the New York City Fire Department's favorite song?
A: "It's Raining Men"

Q: What's Al Qaida's favorite football team?
A: The New York Jets

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 12:51:00 PM  

Hey AA, wanted to let you know Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, has been renamed "Progressive Field". Seriously. 20k people will wear that chief wahoo hat at a place called "Progressive Field".

I dont care either way about the hat and how PC it is, but this is really funny.

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 1:14:00 PM  

thats two funny PC stories out of the same state in under 6 hours.

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 1:15:00 PM  

The Progressive Field thing bothers me for one reason. We officially have lost our nickname for a stadium. It wasn't sexy, but saying you were going to watch a game at "The Jake" was at least something. What am I supposed to say, let's go watch a game at "The Prog"? Shoot me now.

I'm calling on all the AA readers to help out with this one. Cleveland fans need a nickname (preferably at least one good one to go with all the funny ones) for Progressive Field. Lord knows we'd screw it up on our own.

Mez said...
Jan 11, 2008, 2:22:00 PM  

This story is old AA...the paper came out on Tuesday...and its now Friday. You bash OSU every chance you get, what is your problem anyway, get a life man.

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 3:40:00 PM  

OK, Buckeye fans, a few of you hammered me this week for my hatred toward your school. I said that you all think that college football means more than anything else. Apparently, your print media does too. Comparing a football loss with a burning building and thus having that misconstrued as a 9/11 joke...you stay classy. With this kind of display, I'm sure the country's opinion of you will change quickly.

I'm only guessing that the other photo that The Lantern was going to use was a black kid hanging from a tree with the "It Could Be Worse" tag.

GMoney said...
Jan 11, 2008, 4:03:00 PM  

i thought it was of 9-11 when i saw it.

maybe they should've said, "it could be worse" and shown a picture of the jim kelly-led buffalo bills.

KGoon1590 said...
Jan 11, 2008, 4:14:00 PM  

"black kid hanging from a tree" nice gmoney you stay classy too! Too bad that did happen...guess where Johns Hopkins University! Right in AA's backyard.

I would also hardly call "The Lantern" Ohio's "print media," its a school newspaper....NOT a paper representing the State of Ohio.

So again "gmoney" stay classy yourself, ass.

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 4:20:00 PM  

People need to get a grip. This is THE LANTERN. As student newspapers go, it's worse than a snotty Kleenex . Whenever I pick up a copy, I play "find the typo"; most days it's IN A HEADLINE.

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 5:14:00 PM  

Classic Buckeye fans...trying to defend themselves by insulting others that point your poor taste. Maybe next decade people will take you seriously.

GMoney said...
Jan 11, 2008, 5:28:00 PM  

"Knock, Knock."

"Who's there?"


"9/11 who?"

"I thought you said you'd never forget."

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 5:39:00 PM  

That's as stupid as the Superdome photo story.

Anonymous said...
Jan 11, 2008, 6:12:00 PM  


SeanBS said...
Jan 11, 2008, 7:01:00 PM  

I go to OSU, and honestly, The Lantern is a terrible paper with just ads and AP feeds. Not surprised to see this, it's a shame a great university like Ohio State gets publicity like this crap.

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2008, 2:14:00 AM  

gmoney you ride that same high horse that AA sometimes rides. I don't go to school at OSU and never did, the actions/words/pictures of a few are not the opinion of most people, but go a head and run with it if it makes go "blogging."

Maybe there is more to AA hating Ohio, he brings it up every chance he gets. I think I recall him going to an OSU game this season...maybe someone in Ohio has left a sour taste in his mouth, or maybe something happened between he and his "awful gf" (think she went to OSU, but not sure) ever think of that money? Everyone can have ulterior motives for doing what they do, including AA.

That's just my 2 cents.

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2008, 9:43:00 AM  

Whatever. I have no love for tOSU, but I like this headline and I love the explanation they ran. It's absolutely correct.

A hell of a lot of people in this world need to grow up.

Erik Tylczak said...
Jan 12, 2008, 7:08:00 PM  

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