Harvey Weinstein’s controversial movie “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” is becoming a political football as the date nears for its broadcast Sunday (Nov 3), only three days before the presidential election.
Republican supporters of presidential candidate Mitt Romney had complained that the show, which will air on the National Geographic Channel, is purposely timed to help boost President Obama’s reelection effort.
But National Geographic Channel President Howard T. Owens is reportedly cutting Romney a break, according to The New York Times. Owens insisted on cutting a scene in the film that showed Romney opposing the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, the sponsor of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States.
“We wouldn’t air this if it were propaganda,” Owens said.
Weinstein is a long-time supporter of President Obama’s and some questions remain over its editing. The Times reported that the film had been edited to highlight Obama’s role in the operation. But Director John Stockwell said Obama’s screen time had been cut back. The editing makes the film more realistic, Stockwell said.
The 90-minute film recounts the mission through interviews, flashbacks and archival footage. It’s the first film to depict the daring raid. “Zero Dark Thirty,” a film about the raid directed by Kathryn Bigelow, of “Hurt Locker” fame, will debut in December.
“It’s impossible to make a film about the killing of Osama bin Laden without the president being a part of that film,” said Kathleen Robertson, who co-stars in the picture.
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