Dannie Tillman, Tillman's mom, didn't buy it. She pressed for the truth, and the Army eventually acknowledged that there were no hostile forces in the firefight. Tillman was killed by friendly fire.
Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times writes that journalists — himself included — got caught up chronicling Tillman's heroic story. Instead, they should have followed Dannie's lead and pressed for the truth.
"She got in the military's face, in the government's face. She didn't let up. She was doing journalism while journalists were doing what we mostly do now — chase web hits and take short cuts to higher profits.
"A housewife got the real story, or as much of it as anybody probably will. Professionals trained to do so gathered moss and wrote slop."
"The Tillman Story", a documentary by Amir Bar-Lev, will be released In August.
Dwyre writes: "It won't be in many theaters, and it won't be around for long. You need to watch for it. It will make you angry and ashamed. Like I am."