Ed Driscoll

Bury That Lede!

Current headline at the Drudge Report? “BOOK: SEALS WHO CAUGHT BIN LADEN DIDN’T WANT TO HELP RE-ELECT OBAMA.”

From a throwaway line buried 11 paragraphs into Janet Maslin’s review of No Easy Day by Mark Owen. It appears at the very bottom of the page on the Times’ Website:

It is only after the George W. Bush presidency that the author begins complaining about the slow-moving “Washington machine” that members of the SEALs found frustrating. That irritation mounts in 2011, when the SEALs anxiously awaited their signal to raid Abbottabad, but this account is determined to steer clear of serious politics or leave itself open to election-season manipulation. The worst it has to say about President Obama is that none of the fighters who caught bin Laden wanted to help re-elect him, and that he never followed through on a promise to invite them to the White House for a beer.

When the New York Times builds a cocoon, it really builds it tight.