Journalists suspend skepticism about sourcing with news of bin Laden’s death

Most of what President Obama says is usually questioned by the media and the blogosphere, but when he announced that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden, most of the traditional media and online community readily accepted his version of the events. A handful of media organizations were cautious about stating bin Laden’s death as a fact, notes Adam Hochberg. He writes:

The banner headline in Monday’s New York Times print edition attributed to President Obama the claims that bin Laden had been killed. Stopping short of confirming the terrorist leader’s death, the Times conspicuously noted that he had been “reported dead.”

Other newspapers that sourced the report to the White House included the Gadsen (Ala.) Times, where the page one headline read, “Obama: Bin Laden is dead,” and the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, which said, “Obama: Bin Laden killed in attack.”

> Surprising to see how many papers used one word - DEAD - for bin Laden heds

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    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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