"You really believe this story? Osama Bin Laden?" asks Chris Pratt in the action movie version of theZero Dark Thirty trailer that's been tearing up March Madness commercial breaks over the last week. And if you looked at the CNN.com homepage Tuesday night, the network was raising the question again, except this time, it wasn't just Hollywood's interpretation of real-life events. This was the counter-history of the news:
CNN is challenging last month's widely read exclusive account of Bin Laden's death by veteran investigative reporter Phil Bronstein in Esquire: "The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden." Bronstein's story profiles "The Shooter," the member of Navy SEAL Team 6 who claims to have shot the world's most wanted man. It's a dramatic claim about a dramatic event, and the fact that conflicting accounts are emerging isn't a complete surprise. But the shadowy, sometimes schizophrenic and increasingly desperate struggle to figure out what really happened in Abbottabad the night of May 2, 2011, well, it's starting to get a little bit dirty.