There’s going to be plenty of time to score political points on this. Osama bin Laden is going to be dead forever. Osama bin Laden is never coming back.Rachel Maddow • Discussing attempts in the news media to tilt the facts of the Osama bin Laden raid to suit certain political themes, in her appearance on The Daily Show last night. Maddow is spot on in this analysis, for a very good reason — it’s demonstrably obvious that news agencies since bin Laden’s death don’t have a conclusive, clear view of exactly what went down. This is borne out by the wild conflicts and discrepancies in reporting various details of the operation since word broke on Sunday. Maddow, to her credit, has done two episodes of her show post-bin Laden, and both were earnestly refreshing in acknowledging that waiting for verifiable fact is more useful than rushing to make the story sound cooler, or fit into a political narrative. source (via • follow)
NBC News reports the President has decided a photo showing a deceased Osama bin Laden will not be released.
Earlier, a source told ProducerMatthew.com a photo would be released within the next week.
jeffmiller said: I think he’s just being astoundingly honest. I’d bet that he’s going to run.
» We say: While we don’t disagree that Mitch is being refreshingly honest, why merely vote “present” when asked about Bin Laden, then? It makes it look like he’s never seriously considered a key part of the president’s job. Saying something intelligent about the biggest news story of the week isn’t that hard (considering that it’s everywhere), and he sticks out like a sore thumb when all the people he would likely be debating had something to say right away. Obama may have more access to top-secret information than his opponents, but that hasn’t stopped them from saying anything about Israel.
» Ready at the drop of a hat: In case Osama needed to make a run for it, the money sewn in his clothes ensured he might be able to survive for a couple of days. Though … it says a lot about the declining value of the dollar that he chose Euros instead. Among other things officials say they found — 10 cell phones, 10 computers and 100 thumb drives. Since the compound didn’t have internet access, we bet they just tethered their phones like we do.