So the man’s dead. Quite an event. As Europeans are waking up and catching up with the big news, one question is: who’s got the best coverage? Believe it or not, but Wikipedia is one of the candidates.
In less than five hours and in an impressive 400 edits, a dedicated team of self-appointed authors and editors has come up with a pretty good (and protected) article. Of course it is largely a compilation of press articles and official announcements. But the result has more detail and better sourcing that most news stories.
One interesting bit on the date of Bin Laden’s death that I haven’t seen in The New York Times‘s story:
On May 1, shortly before the official announcement, George Stephanopoulos on ABC News reported that Osama bin Laden was “likely killed in northwest Pakistan several days ago.” Brian Ross elaborated, “That’s right. Several days ago there was an attack. Most recently there have been killed about 20 to 25 suspected al-Qaeda figures, and according to one intelligence source he was among those killed. This was several days ago. It is likely they have done a DNA match at this time, before they would make such an announcement.”
We’ll see if that’s the case. All this will be dated soon, of course — this is also a good moment to check out Twitter. @joshuafoust, for instance, is on top of the story, retweeting a bunch of interesting stuff.