May 3, 2011 4:24 AM

Commentary: Waiting for Osama bin Laden to be himself

Late last night, as we stayed up late soaking up the details of the death of Osama bin Laden, I started thinking about the value of waiting. One thing I've learned in my job is that the key to understanding someone isn't fancy writing or clever questions. It's watching and waiting. Most people aren't real when they first talk to a reporter -- they want to please, or they want to put up a front of some kind. But if you hang around long enough, eventually the mask drops. At some point people go back to being themselves.

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