Coverage Varies on Obama's Speech Announcing the Death of Osama Bin Laden
May 2, 2011
WASHINGTON: Regular programming was interrupted Sunday evening by a special address from President Obama, announcing Osama Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. Forces. In a 10-minute speech delivered at 11:35 Eastern, the president announced the death of Bin Laden.
NBC and CBS returned to reality programming after the speech, while ABC stayed on it with George Stephanopoulos interviewing survivors of the 9/11 attacks, according to Entertainment Weekly. The Sacramento, Calif., Fox affiliate’s headline crawl reported that “Obama Bin Laden” had died, Metro noted.
All the networks were scooped by a lone Tweeter in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Bin Laden’s compound was attacked by U.S. Navy Seals last night. Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant in Abbottbad, inadvertently reported the raid live on Twitter.
Overnight Nielsen ratings on the president’s speech are pending.