Twitter feeds give a world view of the big story
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
SUMMIT COUNTY — The quiet peacefulness of yet another snowy spring night in Frisco was jolted by the news streaming across the media — Osama bin Laden is dead, killed by special forces at a mansion in Pakistan, a country that is, at least nominally, an ally of the United States. The reaction, at least as presented on CNN, is typically American; flag-waving, anthem and hymn singing, index fingers raised in the air, with the talking heads of the news network scrambling to provide some much-needed context: Why did it take 10 years to find him, with all the might, technology and other resources at our disposal — unless he was shielded by elements of the Pakistani leadership sympathetic to his evil cause? What will it mean, in the end for Al Qaeda operations, and for the safety and security of Americans at home and abroad.
All the major new outlets used Twitter extensively as the news broke and details started to trickle out. Besides the obvious elation and relief, it was interesting to watch a story of this magnitude unfold via social media, as editors recalled their front pages from the presses for a total late-night revision.
Here’s how it looked on Twitter late last night and this morning:
It’s probably too early to speculate on the answers to those questions, but we can be sure they’ll be raised in the days ahead. Meanwhile, this is how the news came across Twitter, which has become the breaking news feed of choice for many people.
Here’s a story from the Denver Post website on former President George Bush’s reaction.
And the first sign that bin Laden’s death is likely to heighten the terror threat, at least for a while. The U.S. State Department is putting embassies on alert and warning Americans abroad that there may attempts at reprisal.
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