In the wake of yesterday's news that the New York Post is being sued over one of its recent cover stories -- that notorious "BAG MEN" report portraying two innocent men as possible Boston Marathon bombing suspects -- the News Corp. tabloid is out today with another winner: A cover making light of a disturbed man's attempted suicide at Manhattan's Rockefeller Center.
The coverline reads: "MORNING GORY: Man tries suicide at 'Today' show... and it's not Matt Lauer."
The report, which I won't link to on principle, begins:
A distraught Queens man, ranting about a $1.3 million IRS bill, tried to kill himself outside the Rockefeller Center studios of NBC's 'Today' show yesterday morning, authorities said. Pak Chong Mar, 72, sliced his wrists with a boxcutter at about 7:50 a.m. after screaming 'The IRS is trying to take my money! I'm not a freeloader!' witnesses told The Post.
The story only mentions "Today" show host Lauer in passing -- as having come out of Rock Center with colleague Al Roker to briefly look at what was happening. But it does make a point of describing Lauer as "reeling since the Ann Curry fiasco." (Yes, surely Lauer's well-documented clash with former co-host Curry was top-of-mind as he surveyed a scene the Post described as including "gushing blood.")
Keepin' it classy as always, New York Post.
UPDATE: Separately, the New York Post is cutting 13 full-time positions, via Romenesko.
Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.