Osama Bin Laden news reports: Read all you want, but read skeptically.

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May 2 2011 6:34 PM

How To Read the Bin Laden Coverage

Skeptically.

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How Many Times Was Bin Laden Shot and Where?

ABC News: "He was shot in the head and then shot again to make sure he was dead."

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The Atlantic: "One of the dead was Osama bin Laden, done in by a double tap—boom, boom—to the left side of his face."

The London Sun: "Elite troops opened fire when the 9/11 terror chief refused to surrender, hitting him in the head and chest. …"

MSNBC.com: "[H]e was shot in the left eye."

Bin Laden's Million-Dollar House

Numerous news organizations, including Politico, USA Today, Fox News, the London Sun, the Wall Street Journal, the London Daily Mail, the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Post, the London Mirror, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and Time, place a value of $1 million on Bin Laden's three-story hideout in Abbottabad. Bloomberg and Time attribute the $1 million price tag to briefings from senior administration sources.

But if you've looked at the photos or viewed the ABC News video of the compound, I think you'd agree that Bin Laden's real estate agent ripped him off if she convinced him to pay $1 million for this walled shack. (NPR's Mike Pesca tweeted, "[A]s a NYer I keep thinking 'Osama was hiding in a 2 Bed 1 bath?' ")

Was the compound a former ISI safe house, as Gulf News reports?

The Osama-Obama Television Network

Did President Obama really watch live video of the operation yesterday, as Henry Blodget reports in Business Insider? Blodget's source: "a source."

From today's press conference with Brennan:

Reporter: Was there a visual, or was it just radio reports or phone reports you were getting?

Brennan: We were able to monitor the situation in real time and were able to have regular updates and to ensure that we had real-time visibility into the progress of the operation. I'm not going to go into details about what type of visuals we had or what type of feeds that were there, but it was—it gave us the ability to actually track it on an ongoing basis.

But Team Obama is watching somethinghorrific in this official White House photo taken yesterday in the White House Situation Room.

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