Covering Osama bin Laden’s death: U.S. journalists suspend skepticism

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People look at a display of newspaper front pages at the Newseum in Washington on May 2, 2011, the day after Osama bin Laden was killed. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo Media watchers are beginning to point out how most American news outlets shelved their traditional skepticism when reporting President Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces.Most media outlets reported that Bin Laden was ‘DEAD’ without any caution or questioning.

Only a handful of newspapers such as the New York Times and the U.S.A Today took a cautious approach, attributing the Al Qaeda leader’s reported death to Obama.Adam Hochberg at Poynter Online writes that most of the traditional media and online community readily accepted his version of the events.  Read full story.

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