Kevin Convey, Editor-in-Chief of The New York Daily News, says that the paper received a tip about three hours before President Obama broke the news that Osama bin Laden was killed.
Convey told Adweek, “We got a tip around eight, nine o’clock, from an FDNY source, that [bin Laden] was dead.” As you know, most of the media didn’t even begin to guess that the big news was about bin Laden until right before Obama’s announcement at 11:40 pm. That lead time, according to Adweek, seemed to allow the Daily News to prepare a large section on the news for the next issue:
The idea that such closely guarded information could leak out early to a newspaper is incredible, but in any event, it gave the paper running room to prepare what ended up being nine inside pages of coverage in Monday’s final edition when it went to press around 1:30 a.m.
The only question left to ask is if the firefighter source suggested the page one headline. Probably not, right? He or she would have made it “Burn in Hell!”