A documentary on the Navy Seal raid on Osama Bin Laden is going through extensive editing, and some critics claim that the edits, which now feature more of President Obama, are purely to bolster the Obama campaign before the general election on November 6th.
The documentary, entitled “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden” is set to air on November 4th, just two days before the general election. The film rights are owned by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, an avid Obama supporter. Weinstein has donated to the Democratic National Committee, the Obama campaign, and as recently as August 6th held a high-priced fundraiser for Obama at his home in Connecticut.
The edits to the film were made to strengthen the image of the role of Obama in the raid that ultimately led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to a New York Times report. Filmmaker John Stockwell defended the edits, saying that Weinstein wanted revisions that “gave the movie context and helped root it in reality.”
Some critics disagree with this position however, arguing that the edits are being made to make Obama the star of the film, and to exaggerate his role in the raid, right before the election. They point to the producer in charge of gathering and editing materials on Obama for the film- Meghan O’Hara, who worked closely with left-wing bomb-thrower Michael Moore on many films, including “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Sicko.”
This is not the first controversy involving the documentary. National Geographic had already removed a scene from the film that implied that Mitt Romney opposed any attempt to capture or kill bin Laden. National Geographic has no plans to change the scheduled airing of the film, releasing a statement saying, “The National Geographic Channel has no political agenda, and believes that audiences can and will judge projects of this type on their own merits.”
While National Geographic may not have a political agenda, it seems clear that Harvey Weinstein, and the film, do. In an attempt to counter the film’s perceived political agenda, a group of ex-soldiers, calling themselves OPSEC are buying commercial-time in key swing-states during the first airing of the film.
Scott Taylor, the president of OPSEC and former Navy SEAL, while be providing a voice-over to the ads, in which he states, “There is nothing acceptable about playing politics with national security and American lives. Aren’t some things more important than politics?”
To Hollywood and the Obama campaign, apparently there are not.