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Published On: Wed, Jun 24th, 2015

New photos show NY Times staff mocking Nepal massacre, Heaven’s Gate suicides

Two leaked photographs show top New York Times staff in poses making fun of mass killings shortly after they happened. The photos landed on Gawker, allegedly by an employee who provided the pics of staff making light of mass death.

One photo (from June 2001 based on the calendar in the background) shows the longtime NYT opinion page editor Andrew Rosenthal wielding a fake M16 rifle and a bottle of wine over staffers stained with fake blood, recreating the June 2001 Nepalese royal massacre.

The massacre was committed by the Crown Prince Dipendra, who took the lives of nine people including the king, queen, as well as his own. One of the weapons that he used was an M16.

NYT staff recreating the Nepali crown prince’s massacre of the royal family in June 2001 http://t.co/ovoI6kNofN pic.twitter.com/N3njuFiBg0

The other photo shows a large number of staff posing in an apparently laborious reenactment of the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide of 1997. Future Times executive edotir Bill Keller can be seen presiding over the staff posing as post-suicide cultists. Executive editor is the highest-ranking editorial position at NYT.

“These photos are in poor taste, not reflective of the values of The New York Times and deeply regrettable,” NYT’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. told Gawker in a statement. Schulzberg is also the Chairman of the paper’s owner, The New York Times Company.

This embarrassment occurs only three days after it was revealed that the paper was tricked into publishing an article claiming that the Charleston shooter Dylann Roof was a diehard fan of the children’s cartoon My Little Pony.

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  1. dmariy says:

    Let us hope and pray that every one of Andrew Rosenthal’s children die of cancer one by one in front of his own eyes while he watches helplessly …

    and while some tabloid takes a mock picture of his pale, bald dying kids, retching and obviously dying.

    Karma will fk you Andrew

    • Alexis says:

      While I agree that these “jokes” are in very poor taste, and not at all funny in the slightest; don’t wish ill on this man’s children. You may think his behavior is despicable, as I do, but his children are innocent in this. They didn’t get to decide who their father was, they didn’t suggest taking these photos to their father.

      To wish something bad on this man is understandable, he’s earned himself some bad karma for this, but his children don’t deserve to suffer for the behavior of their father.

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