Pakistan on the Brink author Ahmed Rashid features in a new video produced by students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism entitled Dueling Narratives: The Death of Osama bin Laden in U.S. and Pakistani Media. The video, from Céleste Owen-Jones and Sarah Alvi, also includes commentary from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Rohde and plenty of news footage from both countries. It was first published on Columbia's Global Newsroom website.
"The first problem was that there wasn't enough coverage in the American press of the anger in Pakistan in the sense that their sovereignty had been violated," Rohde said.
The video ends with this line from Rashid: "Osama bin Laden's coverage, dead or alive, was never objective either in the American press or the Pakistani press. I think the American media elevated him to this sort of super terrorist who could carry out all sorts of things, whereas ... by the time of his death he was not really in control of anything."