Friday, May 6, 2011

Cowardly last minutes alert: The gossip rags tell us about Osama's death.

Publications: National Enquirer, OK!
Date: 16 May 2011

There were three events in the last week that weren't just news but future cultural touchstones. In years to come, people will still remember Obama's long form birth certificate being released, the wedding of Wills'N'Kate and assassination of Osama Bin Laden. The tabloids weighed in on all of these. For the Bin Laden story, and odd couple of gossip rags put the story on the cover, the meanest rag the Enquirer and the nicest, OK! Here are their headlines.

  • National Enquirer: Osama Bin Laden's Final Minutes
    High on heroin and ratted out by his wife
    He cried and begged for his life
    Body dumped at sea
  • OK!: Osama Bin Laden destroyed!
    Emotional interview with the friends and relatives of the victims of 9/11: 'Good does win out over evil'
    PLUS: Amazing details on how we found him
    Peace at last for the grieving 9/11 families
Notice the subtle differences.

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