Dead or Alive: Bin Laden, public relations and diplomacy

“The White House struggled to craft its account of the audacious raid that killed Osama bin Laden to both a jubilant American public and a skeptical Muslim world, correcting parts of its narrative, withholding others and hesitating to release photos that could be considered too provocative.”

Raid poses narrative challenge for White House

“Conspiracy theorists around the world will just claim the photos are doctored anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East,” Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Wednesday.

Obama Won’t Release Photo of bin Laden’s Body

The leader of Apache warrior Geronimo’s tribe is asking President Barack Obama for a formal apology for the government’s use of the revered figure’s moniker as a code name for Osama bin Laden.

Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman Jeff Houser sent a letter to the president Tuesday, saying equating the legendary Apache warrior to a “mass murderer and cowardly terrorist” was painful and offensive to all Native Americans.

Geronimo’s tribe seeks apology

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2 Comments to “Dead or Alive: Bin Laden, public relations and diplomacy”

  1. Obama’s decision not to release Osama Bin Laden’s body was a wise one. Why hasten or entice an extreme terrorist reaction to an act that could be deemed insulting and demeaning (revealing the riddled corpse of a terrorist leader)?

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