So there’s a rumor that Osama bin Laden’s dead. In the old days (read before 1993), the only people with this knowledge would be journalists. They would serve as the gatekeepers for this kind of information — choosing which bit of rumor was good enough to publish. Right now, newspaper editors are discussing whether or not they should run a story about the rumor; I’m sure the fact that many people have already read this “news” elsewhere is weighing on their decision.
Of course, there was a rumor a few months back that he was dead, and then that last videotape was released. This is likely the same deal.
But I like living in a world where I can hear crazy rumors like this and make up my own mind about it.