https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/421898513333493760

CNN’s Jake Tapper took to Twitter early Saturday morning to defend himself following a tense interview with Marcus Luttrell, the former Navy SEAL at the center of the film “Lone Survivor.” In particular, Tapper took issue with a headline at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze: “They Died for Nothing?: Marcus Luttrell hits back at CNN host in tense interview.”

Luttrell was visibly upset when Tapper said that one of the emotions he felt watching the film “is first of all the hopelessness of the situation — how horrific it was and also just all that loss of life of these brave American men. And I was torn about the message of the film in the same way that I think I am about the war in Afghanistan itself. I don’t want any more senseless American death. And at the same time I know that there were bad people there and good people that need help.”

Shaken, Luttrell countered that “hopelessness really never came into it…. Because there was never a point where we just felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losing until we were actually dead.”

Was Tapper’s description of the deaths as “senseless” bad form, or, as he explained, a difference in perspective between civilian and soldier?

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