TV producer was source for tweet credited with breaking news of bin Laden death

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Although Twitter played a big part in spreading news of Osama bin Laden’s death, Simon Dumenco writes, “a lot of the hyperventilating about Twitter ‘breaking’ the bin Laden story is just bullshit.” Dumenco says Keith Urbahn, credited with breaking the news, was just sharing unconfirmed information like everyone else. And where did he get that information? According to Urbahn, “My source was a connected network TV news producer. Stories about ‘the death of MSM’ because of my ‘first’ tweet are greatly exaggerated.” Urbahn’s original tweet seemed credible to me because he is a governmental source, and I presumed that his source also was inside the government. Now I wonder whether what we took for “confirmation” was just speculation.

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  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Tina,

    What I meant was that because Urbahn works for Rumsfeld, who worked in the Bush administration, I thought Urbahn had access to people who had worked in government. I said he was a “governmental source” to distinguish him from being a media source, which is the key issue here. Perhaps I didn’t get that across.

    Steve Myers
    Poynter.org

  • http://twitter.com/tinapittaway tina pittaway

    Doesn’t Urbahn work for Rummy? How does this make him a government source?