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What Were Journalists Doing When the Osama bin Laden News Broke?

The death of Osama bin Laden is major news — and media outlets won’t let you forget it. “What were you doing when Bin Laden was killed?” is now replacing “What were you doing when Kennedy was assasinated?” in the media.

At National Journal, Gwen Ifill writes that:

My flight from Seattle had just touched down at Reagan Washington National Airport late on Sunday night when I turned on my BlackBerry. It immediately began buzzing with an alarming stream of e-mails and tweets.

She also puts together what other major journalists were doing when the news broke. Here are a few of the stories:

Washington Week regular Jeff Zeleny was watching The King’s Speech on pay per view at home. Helene Cooper was watching a DVR of the royal wedding. (Lots of anglophiles in the media!)

Another Times reporter David Sanger was in Brussels for a NATO story. NPR’s Tom Gjelten was on a late-night run to the drug store. Our favorite: James Kitfield of National Journal was in a Houston hotel room sipping from a glass of brandy. Coincidentally, so was FishbowlNY.

Just kidding. We were watching the Royal Wedding on DVR, too. We’re not that cool.

Update: Dylan Byers reports on what the top CNN journalists were doing when the news broke for Adweek: it turns out that they are some serious hockey fans. Wolf Blitzer was watching the Washington Capitals playoffs on TV when the story broke, and John King and Ed Henry were at the game. Apparently “Ed Henry went to the White House and had to borrow a jacket from someone.”

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Barack Obama Drinking Coffee With Everyone but The New York Times

wapo.obama2.JPGDoes Barack Obama have something against the New York Times? We talked about this a bit on the media menu this morning but it’s beginning to seem like Obama is planning on visiting every newspaper but the Times. Yesterday he hit both the USA Today and Washington Post newsrooms and today is heading to Ohio before making his ceremonial way to DC by train, so unless there is some sort of unscheduled pit stop in Manhattan it doesn’t look like he will make it to the Times before the Inauguration.

Over at FBDC Patrick Gavin got his hands on the pool report from yesterday’s PEOTUS trip to WaPo — ironically penned by the Times Helene Cooper, who sounds slightly less than thrilled about covering the trip. Despite Drudge’s interpretation that there was some sort of standing ovation, Howie Kurtz assures that the room managed to remain (mostly calm). Cooper’s pool report after the jump.

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