Osama bin Laden Headlines Are Tacky & Dangerous

Sally Mercedes
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Daily News Osama frontpageNews that the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden first broke late last night and quickly spread far and wide following the address from President Obama. Not surprisingly, the story made front page news, with nearly every paper featuring a photo of Bin Laden. The headlines, however, were quite different. 

Let's take a look.

The Daily News (left) made it loud and clear where it hopes Bin Laden ends up now that he's dead.

The New York Post is certainly not known for tact, but the front page headlines were doing so well up until that last line. What do you think, could it have done without the "US nails the bastard" bit?

New York Post Osama frontpage

Other publications were no less happy, but kept it straightforward. The Sacramento Bee, for instance, has some simple bullets and chose to highlight one of the many images of the crowds gathered across the country.

Sacramento Bee Osama frontpagePuerto Rico's El Nuevo a went a similar route, accompanying the standard headline with "Joy in the U.S." and that same photo of Americans celebrating.

El Nuevo Dia Osama frontpage

Bin Laden has been public enemy #1 here in the U.S. for so long, but now we're seeing just how important a moment this is for the rest of the world.

Toronto Star Osama frontpageThe Toronto Star kept it simple with "Bin Laden Dead" and Le Journal de Montréal added President Obama's declaration that "Justice has been done."

Le Journal de Montreal Osama frontpage

It's not that we shouldn't see this moment as monumental, but do we have to be so, I don't know, tactless? Sensationalism sells, I totally get that, but Al Qaeda is still out there and they still hate the U.S. Considering the fact that they already think Americans are smug and lack humility, some of these front pages might only fan the fire.

Still, I think the best thing to take away from something as seemingly inconsequential as global headlines is the support we have from the world and the unity that is felt so strongly in times like this.

Are you surprised by the global response to Osama bin Laden's death? Do you think some of these headlines go too far?

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