As the broadcast networks scrambled to cover the killing of Osama bin Laden, one of the Big 3 nets separated itself from the pack with an exclusive look at the Pakistani mansion where the terrorist leader was killed by U.S. special forces, reports the Los Angeles Times.
ABC News aired the footage of blood spattered on the floor and disarrayed bed linens on "Good Morning America" on the morning after President Barack Obama announced bin Laden’s death, the story says. ABC correspondent Nick Schifrin appeared on the morning show, saying he had just returned from touring the mansion, the article adds.
ABC didn’t disclose how it received the video of the compound, the story notes. The network decided not to make the footage available to other networks, but through the "fair use" principle it has begun to air on other networks.
A spokesman for ABC News said the company had conducted past drills on how to handle news of bin Laden’s capture or death. As previously reported, ABC News made a decision to stick with the news of bin Laden’s death on Sunday night, while CBS and NBC cut back to reality TV programming.
Interestingly, very similar footage was available very quickly on YouTube. For example, subscribers to TVWeek’s free Daily Viral Video e-newsletter yesterday received this video, originally shown on Al Jezeera English.