So many war correspondents are similar to the many men and women in uniform, who work hard, do their jobs, and even perform acts of heroism, that you'll never hear about, and who never go around bragging, seeking recognition. Then, we have Bill O'Reilly.
Journalists have an insecurity complex. Dealing with mayors, senators and heads of countries, reporters are relative nobodies. Their job has no actual power and they can't wear rows of ribbons on their chest like a general.
If there's any doubt that a journalist's first-hand vantage point can provide a deeper understanding of war-time life in Syria than what's uploaded on YouTube or aired on Syrian state media, one needs only to look at Wednesday's New York Times.