Saturday, November 10, 2012

Seal Team Six: A Fiction Presented as Fact


The following is an expanded re-edit of an article coming out on RR.com/politics tomorrow. But, it also fits on this site, so I'll put it here. "Fact Checking" is a slippery term when dealing with widely classified information. However, given that I have the same information available to me as did the filmmakers, I think it is fair to hold them to the facts as they are understood at this point.


In the early hours of May 1, 2011, a small group of American soldiers raided a compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan. The raid ended the life of Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. The movie that recently aired on the National Geographic network, Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden, is an excellent example of good movie making. It's an intense piece of film, but it is also an excellent example of ignoring the facts in order to create drama.