Republican outrage at Obama and Osama film
A film about the killing of Osama bin Laden has enraged the Republican Party. Although a patriotic movie about a successful raid by US Navy Seals resulting in the killing of the world’s most notorious terrorist would normally be the sort of thing lapped up by Republicans, the party is angry that the film will be broadcast two days before the Presidential election.
There have also been reports that the producer Harvey Weinstein has asked for the final edit of the film, Seal Team Six: the Raid on Osama bin Laden, to put more emphasis on the role of President Obama. Weinstein responded by telling reporters that the extra scenes of Obama were just included to make the story more realistic.
The 90-minute feature, will be broadcast in primetime on 4 November on the National Geographic Channel and will be available for download the next day on Netflix. The timing has caused some conservative commenters to suggest that the film was mere propaganda for Obama’s campaign.
The National Geographic Channel have already asked the producers to cut out a scene in which Republican Mitt Romney opposes the Navy Seals raid. "We wouldn't air this if it were propaganda," channel executive Howard Owens said. He added that the scheduling was planned to obtain a commercial advantage over a bigger budget cinema feature film about the raid, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
Zero Dark Thirty was scheduled for cinema release before the election, but was pushed back until December because of Republican claims that it could offer an unfair advantage to Obama.