'New Yorker' Writer Under Scrutiny Over Bin Laden Raid Article

He didn't actually interview any SEALs

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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. But according to WWD, its author, Nicholas Schmidle, has come under some scrutiny after it was revealed that he didn’t actually interview a single Navy SEAL from the raid—a detail that was left out of the article.

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi first reported last Tuesday that the article, titled “Getting Bin Laden: What happened that night in Abbottabad,” was made up of secondhand accounts from mostly anonymous government sources.



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