In the article, the patient has been described asa woman fromManhattan “in her late thirties” who contracted the virus “while traveling abroad in Iran.”
Twitter users were quick to point out that the Post could have used a more appropriate image.
Using a misleading photo of Chinatown in Flushing, Queens to represent the first case of coronavirus which originated in Iran and in Manhattan perpetuates racist stereotypes. #racist#stereotypes@ccampy@nypost
. @nypost this post is extremely misleading and it’s okay for you to retract it with an apology for the deliberate vilification of Asians in America and abroad for that matter. It’s been up for 13 hours too long but it’s never too soon to delete this
In addition to the Twitter users accusing the New York Post from negligence to deliberate racism, some New York politicians also came out to condemn the terrible photo choice.
New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky posted a tweet echoing the concerns of others.
Posting a picture of an Asian man in Flushing, Queens while reporting about a confirmed case in Manhattan is troubling. This does nothing but further the misconceptions that are hurting many people and businesses in my district. https://t.co/pakm9K2pol
As misinformation and panic over the COVID-19 outbreak continue to fuel the spate of discrimination and violence against Asians in different parts of the world, many are now voicing out their concerns on how the media handles news on the disease.
As of this writing, the New York Post has yet to address the criticisms it received on social media.
The New York Times was also hit with heavy criticism after using a photo of Chinese locals in Flushing’s Chinatown. The publication has since changed the feature image, according to Diet Prada.