From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: Apparently it is not true Bin Laden is dead.
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Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 19:32:41 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 19:31:54 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
Asunto: Apparently it is not true Bin Laden is dead.
Fecha: Friday, September 13, 2002 3:48 PM
Apparently it is not verifiable true that Bin Laden is dead.
a friend sent this
Bin Laden Death Hoax A Lesson to Journalists
CNSNews ^ | 9/12/02 | Michael L. Betsch
While rumors of Osama bin Laden's death continue to circulate
Internet, not a single piece of evidence has proven the demise of
world's most wanted terrorist. But for a passing moment on
News felt it had enough evidence to break the Bin Laden obituary
Speaking live with CBS News anchor Dan Rather on the one year
of the terrorist attacks, Washington correspondent Jim Stewart
Arabic satellite news report that stated bin Laden, the alleged
of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, had died during a U.S.
raid on the Tora Bora mountains in Afghanistan last December.
The Arabic news source cited by Stewart was an Arabic-language
website called 'jehad.net', which issued [and later retracted]
headline: "Yes, Osama has been killed but Holy struggle will
While Rather expressed hesitancy in announcing Bin Laden's
death, Stewart noted that the Arab press relied solely on a
believed by some to be the voice of al Qaeda. Just over two hours
Stewart reported that the Arabic report from 'jehad.net' had been
and a "tease."
But CBS News had promoted Stewart's breaking report during a
period when Americans were listening on radio and watching
events to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Rich Noyes, Director of Media Analysis for the Media Research
parent organization of CNSNews.com, said Stewart's reliance on an
otherwise unreliable source "certainly shows why news needs to
through editors before it reaches the air."
Noyes said it seemed unlikely that any "reliable" information
bin Laden's fate would come vie the Internet, especially on the
anniversary of Sept 11.
"For CBS to rush that onto the air, only to have to retract it
later, I think makes them look a little bit silly," Noyes said.
them to do it on Sept. 11, when peoples' emotions were rubbed raw
reliving last year's carnage, just seems very irresponsible."
Noyes said Stewart's report sounded credible and may have been
Americans wanted to hear on Sept. 11. "But people don't want to
they want to know it," he said.
Further, Noyes suggested that Stewart reflect on the "old
Bernstein rule" that before you break the news, "get two
Another media observer shared Noyes' perspective with regard to
story. Jim Naureckas, editor of Fairness and Accuracy in
magazine Extra, said the CBS story had potential to steal the
but lacked hard facts to make it credible.
"The fact that [jehad.net] supposedly has a close connection to
would make it more newsworthy than less newsworthy," Naureckas
far as I know, that would be the first signal from al Qaeda that
However, Naureckas said he did not understand why Stewart and CBS
decided to make headlines with the 'jehad.net' report of Bin
as opposed to any other report of Bin Laden's death on any other
"There have been a lot of reports about Osama bin Laden being
Osama bin Laden being dead," he said, "so, you wouldn't
to make any one of these reports into a major news story."
Naureckas further asked why CBS would promote Stewart's breaking
regarding Bin Laden's death "without any corroboration" beyond
'jehad.net' article that was broadcast on an Arab satellite
"That's a problem in journalism when you have one source quoting
source and other sources don't quote the original source, but
the secondary source because the secondary source is more
the primary source," Naureckas said. "But the secondary source
any more credible than the primary source, because that's all you
Telephone calls to CBS News were not returned.