A True War Story?

Schmidle’s article, “Getting bin Laden”, about the night Osama bin Laden was killed, was a very realistic-sounding retelling of the mission. After further evaluation, however, it is clear that Schmidle was not being completely honest with the audience. He never interviewed the actual Navy SEALs or anyone else who witnessed the events of that night first hand, and yet there were some very specific details about the mission in his article. It seems he, at the very least, embellished his story, giving details about how the air smelled and how the SEALs felt at a given moment.

Restrepo, however, is much more based on a first-hand account of war. The producers, Hetherington and Junger, lived with the soldiers in the middle of it all. They witnessed the struggle, the pain, the reality of war. The audience is able to see the war first-hand, without a recreation, because they were videotaping what they saw. This type of journalism is much more genuine and believable, because we are not hearing it through the bias of a third-party.

Restrepo portrays more of the ugly side of war, although that could perhaps be because the event itself was much more grim than the victory of killing Osama bin laden. Either way, both pieces were very intriguing, although Restrepo is a seemingly much more realistic reflection of the events.

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