Reporters don’t just find facts; they look for narratives. And an appealing narrative can exert a powerful gravitational pull that winds up bending facts in its direction.
Jonathan Mahler, New York Times Magazine, Oct 15, 2015

n May 1, 2011, it was announced that Osama bin Laden, the notorious terrorist responsible for crashing the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, had been killed in a raid. In the following days information on the incident trickled out through the media, with some initial reports – bin Laden brandishing a weapon and using his wife as a human shield – proved to be false. These were considered a product of the quick reporting that the 24-hour news cycle works in. In 2012, Mark Bowden released his painstakingly researched account of the raid The Finish. This recounts the now familiar official narrative as told by high-ranking members of the US Government. Others, however, were more skeptical; like freelance reporter Seymour Hersh, who questioned the official story. Hersh, based on two anonymous sources, claimed that the raid was performed with Pakistan’s permission and that bin Laden’s body was thrown out of the military helicopter after the mission. Hersh cites the implausibility of a military helicopter crashing into a Pakistani garrison town without attracting more attention. Hersh was impacted by the government’s deception in military matters in the past, such as the unraveled story of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction or the debunked attacks on the U.S. vessel in the Gulf of Tonkin, and feared this could be another case of American myth-making. But Hersh relies on just two unnamed sources, hardly enough to disprove the American government’s story. The only thing we can conclude from these conflicting reports is: we may never know the whole truth surrounding bin Laden’s death.

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While Hersh’s story (and Mahler’s) suggests that mine was, in effect, handed to me by Administration spokesmen, it was (as the book notes) based on dozens of interviews with those directly involved, including President Obama.Mark Bowden, Vanity Fair, Oct 16, 2015

Senior intelligence agents and researchers who have chronicled the al-Qaeda leader’s demise in bloodcurdling books and movies say the story has been told. But others see holes in the Hollywood-style narrative, and believe America is concealing a less auspicious reality.Emma Reynolds, News.com.au, Oct 21, 2015

We know a great deal about bin Laden’s death and the operation that led up to it. The major components of that chronology have been in place since shortly after the May 2011 raid, and the vast majority of details that have surfaced since in dozens of news reports, books and documentaries have only reinforced the accuracy of that account.Greg Miller, The Washington Post, Oct 19, 2015
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