The assassination of Osama Bin Laden and the effect it had on the media.
Osama bin Laden was born of the 10th March 1957 and was probably the most well-known Islam extremist in history, most well known for being the founder of the terrorist group al-Qaeda and being the mastermind behind the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. On May 11th 2011 Osama bin Laden was killed in his home in Pakistan, by US Special Forces, the assault itself was led by the CIA and US president Barack Obama. After the raid, U.S. forces took bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death. Al-Qaeda confirmed the death on May 6 with posts made on militant websites, vowing to avenge the killing.
Soon after the assaults on bin Laden’s camp started the media caught wind that there was something going on and stories began to circulate, the official announcement was made by Barack Obama on all major US television networks at 11:35 EST all major television networks worldwide simultaneously broke the news worldwide. Obamas speech began with “Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who was responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children” without a doubt this is will be seen as a major historical event for many years into the future as for many people the 9/11 attacks were the biggest human caused disaster in recent history and the death of the mastermind behind it is massively important.
Before the official announcement, large crowds spontaneously gathered outside the White House, Ground Zero, The Pentagon and in New York’s Times Square to celebrate. From the beginning to the end of Obama’s speech, 5,000 tweets per second were sent on microblogging platform Twitter.
A 2012 TV film “seal team six: the raid on Osama bin Laden” despite being based on the actual events the facts were neither confirmed or denied by Whitehouse officials and may inaccuracies were spotted in the film involving certain events that didn’t in fact happen. Controversy surrounding this film was not just because of the events it showed but because of the time the film was released, just a few weeks before the US presidential election, many people thought this was done to sway voters to re-elect Obama despite this the film was still aired.
A second more well-known film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ was released late 2012, Billed as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man”, the film dramatizes the decade-long manhunt for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, leading to the eventual discovery of his compound in Pakistan, and the military raid on that compound that resulted in his death in May 2011. This film received a much better reception as it told the whole story of bin Laden’s ‘reign of terror’, so to speak.
In my opinion these are the first of many films and documentaries that will be made to show the events that shook a generation and how after 10 years they finally came to a close.