Should Navy Seal Who Shot Bin Laden Have Been Named?
Fox News has defended its decision to reveal the name of the Navy Seal who participated in the hunting down and killing of Osama Bin Laden and who has written a book about that mission that challenges some of the official reports about it. Likewise, CBS has defended its decision not to reveal the name of the man, who was interviewed by Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes Sunday night for the show's entire 60 minutes. John Moody, executive vice president and executive editor of Fox News, which identified the man as Matt Bissonette, said that "once you write a book, anonymously or not, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy." The book's publication was not approved by the Defense Department. But CBS News President Jeff Fager told the Associated Press, which also disclosed his name, "This is an American hero. ... He risked his life to do this job. Isn't it our responsibility to protect him? To hear his story is one thing, but to reveal his name so he becomes a target? I'd like to think that news people are Americans first." The AP explained that it had used Bissonette's name "because it was already on the Internet and on the air, so the expectation of keeping his name out of the greater public was very low."