The death coverage of America’s biggest evil villain…


Since I heard about Osama bin Ladens death on Monday morning I have been doing quite a bit of research…I began by doing a simple google search where I found many articles full of “facts” regarding the death of Osama bin Laden.

There were many articles discussing the huge role social media played in this momentous moment…without the help of our social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook there is no was no way we could have learned about this moment as quickly as we did.

In an NPR article Twitter says bin Laden’s death generated the highest sustained rate of tweets ever. From 10:45 p.m. Sunday to 2:20 a.m. Monday, users pecked out an average of 3,000 tweets per second, according to Twitter. The traffic peaked at 11 p.m. Sunday, minutes before the president’s televised briefing, with 5,106 tweets per second.

In a CNET News article they explained how Twitter was the first to let American’s know of the vital information before the traditional news outlets. Keith Urbahn, once chief of staff for former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, was first American to post the breaking news when he tweeted: “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”

But, in another NPR article I read that the first to post the information of the raid was actually a man in Abbottabad, Pakistan, who tweeted after hearing the sounds of helicopters and gunfire near the Bin Laden compound but hadn’t known the reason for the commotion.

In a great USA Today article they say; “This is what we are coming to expect nowadays — people witnessing and participating in global conversations about events through a number of media platforms (Twitter, CNN, Facebook, network TV),” says Peter Chow-White, a communication professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. “This is yet another example of the importance of social media and the role it plays in monitoring the pulse of world events,”

So many web sites full of information can be found….I’m sure you are already aware of the tremendous amount of information that was available to the public in a matter of seconds after the event.


Breaking news Monday morning….

It was Monday May 2, 2011 and my day began as just another usual Monday morning…not too much out of the ordinary. I woke around 7:30; ate some breakfast, showered then prepared for school. Before leaving I decided to check my emails and in the breaking news category something caught my eye…it was the video of President Obama’s speech where he informed American citizens about the killing of Osama bin Laden by the US Army.

I ended up missing class….after seeing that video how could I NOT do further research to find out the details?!   

I wanted as much info as I could find so I quickly went to google and typed in Osama Bin Laden killed…many articles came up and verified what I had heard. It was true…the mission that began years ago was finally completed…Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. troops.

After a while I remembered I never actually checked my emails! I got wrapped up in the breaking news and forgot about my emails! 🙂 When I got to them I found the email from my Journalism teacher, Shari Weiss,  with the weekly assignments…and what do ya know…the main focus of the week was Osama’s death so she led me to some great articles full of great info.

I ended up making it to my second class of the day but when I returned home I was back on the search for more info….which led me to articles about how security experts fear that al Qaeda or a U.S. born “lone wolf” may try to strike back at the U.S., conspiracy theories (there are quite a few…many feel Bin Laden is not actually dead…since Obama just relaunched his re-election bid this is just the main kickoff campaign rally…many feel the photo released is a Photoshoped photo) and many other interesting topics.

I will continue my research….I just wanted to let you know about how I heard about the monumental moment in American history.