With all the strange inconsistencies the media has relayed reported since news of bin Laden’s death first broke, this latest flap is par for the course. This photo of the president and his team in the White House Situation Room was widely circulated along with several accounts of them watching the compound raid in real time, a claim the CIA is now refuting.

CIA Director Leon Panetta said the commander in chief never witnessed the actual killing of Osama bin Laden and that’s partly because the high tech cams worn by Seal Team 6 blacked out during parts of the 40 minute operation:

Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.

We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.