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Last week’s New Yorker article about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan was hailed as one of the best magazine pieces of the year so far and a likely ASME contender.
President Obama has, after several days of hedging by members of his administration, announced that he's decided not to release photographs of Osama bin Laden’s body. Obama revealed his choice during a Wednesday interview with 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft, scheduled to air this Sunday.
Most of the world learned about Osama bin Laden’s death when President Obama announced it late Sunday evening.
Had al-Qaeda paid better attention, it might have learned a lesson or two from Florida orange juice.
Yesterday's big news also, predictably, made for a good news day at some of American's cable news networks. Between the time when the Bin Laden story first broke yesterday evening and 2PM today, msnbc.com says it saw more than 17 million online video streams, making it the third highest video day for the network to date (the Earthquake in Japan was the network's highest video day ever). Though MSNBC has not released specific page-view data, the network said that for the Royal Wedding, msnbc.com saw over 18 million video streams and over 200 million pageviews plus views of wedding-related slideshow photos. The network says that its site is set to surpass those numbers today. For its part, CNN reports that between Sunday evening and 1PM today, its website saw 88 million global page views - which marked a 217% gain over the prior 4-week average for the same time period (10 PM-1PM, Sunday to Monday). CNN.com is also reporting 13.8 million global video starts, which is a 725% gain over the previous 4-week average.
These are big times for Time. The newsweekly will release a special issue on the death of Osama bin Laden that will hit newsstands Thursday, May 5. It’ll be the third issue that Time will have released in the past week and the first time it’s published three issues in the span of a week.
Just about any time something truly momentous happens on the world stage, a cagey but dedicated consortium of tchotchke makers proves that the souvenir business may just be the most agile arm of the retailing universe.
Last night, those visitors to The New York Times' website who were eagerly hunting for news about Osama bin Laden’s demise may have hit a wall. It wasn’t the new digital paywall, though. Instead, NYTimes.com experienced a glitch "entirely related to an unprecedented surge in traffic," said Eileen Murphy, the Times’ vice president for corporate communications. Starting shortly after the news broke that bin Laden had been killed, and continuing on for a period of about 30 minutes, users who were not logged into the Times’ site were unable to access articles. For registered users who were logged into the site, everything worked fine, according to Murphy.