In 2011, an elite group of US Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the man the United States had been chasing since before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost President Obamas first term and played a major part in his re-election victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden. This investigation, which began as a series of essays in the London Review of Books, has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the worlds media. In his introduction, Hersh asks why so much of the mainstream media leapt to defend the White Houses discredited narrative. How far do the lies go? And is there a motive behind journalists refusal to consider a counternarrative?
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