Osama Bin Laden news reports: Read all you want, but read skeptically. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine

How To Read the Bin Laden Coverage

Skeptically.

By Jack ShaferPosted Monday, May 2, 2011, at 6:34 PM ET

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The snuffing of Osama Bin Laden has already filled the Snake River Canyon with a torrent of coverage from newspapers, the Web, and television. The news output will only expand in the coming days, and as it does, remain skeptical about it. As we know from the coverage of other major breaking-news events—the Mumbai massacre, the death of Pat Tillman, Hurricane Katrina, the rescue of Jessica Lynch, to cite just a few examples—the earliest coverage of a big story is rarely reliable.

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