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National Geographic SEAL Team 6 Movie Allegedly Tweaked To Make Obama Look Good

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SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden will premiere on Sunday, November 4 — less than 48 hours before the presidential election — on the National Geographic Channel in prime time.

According to The New York Times, the 90-minute film was recently reedited for the president’s benefit:

“Thanks to the magic of editing, President Obama will have a starring role in a television drama about one of his biggest accomplishments — the killing of Osama bin Laden — that will be shown just two nights before the presidential election …

“But promotional materials and a copy of the movie provided to The New York Times this week also show that the film has been recut, using news and documentary footage to strengthen Mr. Obama’s role and provide a window into decision-making in the White House.

“In a joint interview on Tuesday Mr. Weinstein; the film’s director, John Stockwell; and others said the changes to the film were not politically motivated but were meant to give the film a stronger sense of realism. Some of the Obama moments were added at the suggestion of Mr. Weinstein, they said, using material gathered by Meghan O’Hara, a producer who worked closely with the documentarian Michael Moore on politically charged projects like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko.”

Producer Harvey Weinstein of the Weinstein Company is big Obama backer and contributor who acquired the rights to the film for about $2.5 million at the Cannes film festival in May.

The original version of the film also inexplicably (or perhaps not) had a made-up scene portraying Mitt Romney — who was not a government official at the time and still isn’t — as a “villain.”

“Howard T. Owens, the president of the National Geographic Channel said his company had insisted on removing a scene that showed Mitt Romney appearing to oppose the raid.

” ‘We wouldn’t air this if it were propaganda,’ he said.”

Director Stockwell claims that the film has no political motivation despite the timing of its release and the inclusion of the additional footage.

Do you agree with Stockwell that there is no politics involved in SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden?

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60 Responses to “National Geographic SEAL Team 6 Movie Allegedly Tweaked To Make Obama Look Good”

  1. Mark Gallagher

    So tell me, if the Middle East goes up in flames after the airing of this, would it be National Geographics fault or Obamas fault?

  2. Heather Keiper

    Obama needs to stop taking credit for the death of Osama Bin Laden 100% of the credit belongs to the Navy Seals! They were working on getting Bin Laden long before he took office, and for our President act like he's the one who deserves the recognition for it is outrageous!

  3. Joaquin D. Canals

    The producer of the 12 minute YouTube video is presently in jail. What will happen to everyone involved with this movie, if the Arab world goes up in flames???

  4. John Thomas Allcock

    Yip, that will be the legacy of this pathetic excuse for a man, namely, that he was personally responsible for having his henchmen kill someone. Bravo. Ain´t you the man, mista preseedent suh.
    He must be the first black guy who had to convince the world he commited the crime.

  5. Jeff Hsieh

    To be fair, Mark Owen, one of the SEALs who was in the team, wrote that he would have expected any president who pressed the green button for the mission to take credit.

  6. Glaz Donnut

    You are a jackass @heather keiper. The president has the last call before anyone goes in, and in fact this president is the one he reinstated the CIA division tasked with tracking down. And in fact, the vice president and the secretary of defense advised AGAINST this operation, and Obama gave the word to go in. Yes, go into a sovereign nation and ally of the U.S. without telling them, for a special ops, assassination mission. Not every president would have made that call, he did, and the results could've been disastrous, but they weren't. And this president has done nothing but give praise to the navy seals and cia for the success of this operation. So kindly shut the hell up. There are plenty of things this president did wrong. However, this was not one of them.

  7. Glaz Donnut

    Heather Keiper…. you are a moron. This president reinstated the CIA division whose sole task was to find Osama Bin Laden after Bush discontinued it. This president was advised by the vice president and the secretary of defense not to give the green light on this operation. Mitt Romeny had said he wouldn't send in a special operation to a known ally and sovereign nation such as Pakistan. McCain said the same thing. Obama made that call. The results could have been disastrous, but they weren't. And in the after math, Obama did nothing but praise the SEALS and the CIA. So please… shut up. There are plenty of things this president has done wrong. This, however, is not one of them.

  8. Chuck Rowland

    The president deserves credit as any sitting president would. Bush and company dropped the ball in order to have their moment..which turned into years and a quagmire. If Obama were in office then he would have had the nads to march up those mountains and get that SOB instead of waging a private war with Iraq to make his friends rich. Romney and Ryan by the way will fade away shortly after tuesday. GOOD RIDDANCE!

  9. Vincent Finney

    The producer of that 12 minute YouTube trailer (for a 2 hour movie that never materialized) is in jail for violating his probation. Please people stop ASSUMING you know what you're talking about and actually find out.

  10. Sandra Pete Hawkins

    He's not taking credit as if he physically killed him, he's the leader of the free world, its how its done, please respect the office of the president! GOOD GRIEF, AMERICANS ARE NOT THIS PETTY, GEEEZ!!!

  11. Michelle Baysinger-Rechtien

    Not politically motivated my butt! Two days before the election and against the family members of the seal team 6; totally political! Too bad nobody is talking about our 4 dead in Benghazi, thanks to our president sitting on his hands! Glad Bin Liden is dead but, really…the only good thing he ordered!

  12. Dave Conger

    What a joke…This president is brought to you by the letters B & S…Sold our secrets to make a movie.

  13. Ainsley-Paul Edwards

    Obama cleans up the bushit! Bin laden dead, iraq over, GM is rolling. All haters please proceed and crawl back under your rocks! Obama 2012 #Forward

  14. Fred Nolan

    `No matter he gave the go no one said he pulled the trigger the credit goes to the seal team for the completion of the mission.All this whining about Obama stopping taking credit is political in itself. had he said no go it wouldn't have happened. Let's be thankful he paid the price for his treachery…

  15. Sandra Pete Hawkins

    You have it wrong, the leader of the free world always take the credit or blame! Relax

  16. Sandra Pete Hawkins

    Thank you Vicki, seals don't give interviews, do the commander and chief, does the comments

  17. Sandra Pete Hawkins

    I bet your a veteran, Mr. NOLAN, I still get so angry thinking about those innocent people who suffered on Sept,11th and the fact that that monster was killed, all whining is null and void

  18. Robin Mann

    Here all you Obama and Biden lovers what about this. Really they got team seal 6 killed. They should not be in the white house another minute let alone another 4 years. If they do get re elected let's pray God ends this world on 12/21/12. Bc Obama will destroy this world anyways.

    Mother of fallen SEAL Team 6 member blames WH leaks for her son’s death By Joel Gehrke October 8, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    President Obama’s team “put a target” on the backs of the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden, says Karen Vaughn in a video that suggests her son died three months later as a result of White House national security leaks. “How dare they?” Mrs. Vaughn asks. “They put a target on my son’s back and even on my back. But a little over 90 days later, my son was dead.” Aaron Vaughn and 21 other Navy SEALs, “most of whom belonged to Team 6, the unit whose members were involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden,” according to ABC , died in Afghanistan when a helicopter he was riding on was shot down.

    The video, released by the conservative Veterans for a Strong America, shows Vice President Joe Biden talking about the raid during a public event and Defense Secretary Robert Gates complaining that an agreement to keep the raid details secret “fell apart” as the result of such comments.

    “Aaron called me,” Mrs. Vaughn says, referring to her son, Special Operations Chief Aaron Vaughn, who was killed on August 6, 2011. “He said, ‘Mom, you need to wipe your social media clean. Get rid of everything, any reference to me or my buddies, because there is chatter and all of our lives are possibly in danger, including yours.’”

  19. Alma Russell

    You should stop making out with your dog and watch the movie.

  20. Rodney Schaar

    I cancelled both subscriptions I had last night with National Geographic for this cheap political ploy. I hope I'm not the only one.

  21. Rodney Schaar

    "Some of the Obama moments were added at the suggestion of Mr. Weinstein, they said, using material gathered by Meghan O’Hara, a producer who worked closely with the documentarian Michael Moore on politically charged projects like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko.”.
    So now National Geographic has lowered itself to Michael Moore standards?

  22. Vicki Harvath

    LOL! – Alma – watched it. – Well, Malcolm, I have been married to a Viet Nam Marine Vet and I live with the memories everyday. That is what I do among other things for our country..which I don't have to explain here. thanks for your comment.

  23. Vicki Harvath

    LOL! – Alma – watched it. – Well, Malcolm, I have been married to a Viet Nam Marine Vet and I live with the memories everyday. That is what I do among other things for our country..which I don't have to explain here. thanks for your comment.

  24. Julie DeFoor Watters

    It's not just the Navy SEALS who deserve credit. Credit is due to all the branches as they also took part in the preparation and carrying out of the raid.

  25. Sam Binder

    If the Obama team had handled the whole campaign this cleverly and smoothly I wouldn't be dreading the potential of a Romney presidency which I fear would be very poorly run to the point of catastrophe. (As the Bush administration had).

  26. Mary Gomez Cartwright

    Yes Heather, the Navy Seals carried out their orders from their COMMANDER IN CHIEF. And in case you didn't know, that would be President Barack Obama. Like it or not, he IS the one who gave the order for the Seals to accomplish that mission. And, for the record, the
    Navy Seals were NOT "working on getting Bin Laden" That would be the CIA. And if you check the FACTS, the CIA did not have confirmation of his location until sometime in 2010, which was well AFTER our President took office. I mean, really????
    Even George Bush admitted that President Obama deserves the credit for doing what Bush couldn't! President Obama is the one responsible for the death of Bin Laden and deserves full credit!! God knows if it happened on Bush's watch, he would've taken full credit too!

  27. Susan Creed Percy

    Jeff Hsieh …difference is, the other presidents would have said "we" rather than "I" so much. As one who was immersed in the military culture I know the SEALS, who will honor their code not to talk about themselves, do NOT approve of how Obama politicized the death of Bin Laden. Since Obama was so anxious to blame Benghazi on a video, what effect would his chest beating claim of "getting Bin Laden" have as provocation to Islamic radicals? Ah, hypocrisy…liberal is thy name.

  28. Jeff Hsieh

    Susan, here is what Obama said directly on his speech after bin Laden was killed: " A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body." And of course Obama would politicize the killing of bin Laden. No President would ever think not to.

    Obama speech transcript found here:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-dead-obama-speech-video-transcript_n_856122.html

    And http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im0joAg-Zdo

    And thank you for bringing up the Benghazi incident. I have watched the speech Obama did in response to the attack and nowhere does he blame the video. He blames terrorists. Also, thank you for blaming the President for the death of ambassador Christopher Stevens, because, you know, it obviously was not other factors going on in the region.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/26/cia-operators-were-denied-request-for-help-during-benghazi-attack-sources-say/

    Speech found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDANcaPx1xg&feature=player_embedded

  29. Jeff Hsieh

    Susan Creed Percy The President deserves all credit he gets from the bin Laden assassination, just like how he deserves all blame for the Benghazi attack, but you really gotta do your research before you start spewing non-nonsensical that is just a flat out false.

    Oh yes, I need to add this. It is quite ironic that you call liberals hypocritical.

  30. Tony Boicelli

    Wow, hollywood sure made O look like an actual president in that bit of fiction. They didn't even show his walk out of the meeting to go to bed and delay the decision 16 hours while seals were on standby losing sleep waiting on him

  31. Tim Fluke

    Legend in his own mind, i am sure that's how he remembers how he got his nobel peace prize as well.

  32. Michael Gay

    You still fail to understand that many dems and repubs told him NOT to go in there. He DOES deserve credit for doing what needed to be done that day, that minute, right then! He never said "I" killed OBL. He said "WE". That means the us. AMERICA!

  33. Mary Gomez Cartwright

    Susan Creed Percy So are we to understand that you have PERSONALLY spoken to the SEALS who participated in the mission and they told you that? I HIGHLY doubt that. You are making assumptions and unless you've spoken directly with them, you cannot say whether they approve or disapprove of what you call the "chest beating". The president has EVERY right to take credit because ultimately, HE was the one who gave the order to proceed with the mission!

  34. Mary Gomez Cartwright

    Jeff Hsieh
    Good to know that some people are INFORMED!!!! Happy Election day tomorrow! I already cast my early vote last week, and YES, I voted to re-elect our president! I pray he wins! And Yes, to all who are reading, THIS DEMOCRAT PRAYS!

  35. Michael Gay

    WOW! Don't read this wrong but you are mad at the President about 4 dead in another country? How about the thousands that died for WMD's that were NEVER found in Iraq? I feel really bad about the deaths of the 4 but we must hear ALL the facts before we pass judgement.

  36. Susan Creed Percy

    Guess you didn't see the missing parts of the interview on CBS 60 minutes in which Obama said, after the Rose Garden speech (which DID NOT include saying anything other than a general softball comment about terrorism in general but was NOT tied to Benghazi)…two days later…that he had no evidence yet that it was terrorism in Benghazi. Aided and abetted by a willing MSM (and Candy Crowley) that would not air what he really said, the lie of the second debate stuck in the air of Obama syncophants who just "have to believe".

  37. Susan Creed Percy

    Mary Gomez Cartwright YOU missed the revelation that CBS held back Obama's comments on Benghazi too? What a shock from someone so "well informed".

  38. Jeff Hsieh

    Susan, I see you have completely avoided your original accusations of what Obama said after I gave you evidence that he did otherwise. Nice job completely going in a completely different direction after your first attack.

    I also see you are strongly trying to hint that the Benghazi attack was not caused by terrorists but by someone else. You are trying to say that ambassador Stevens, intelligence officer Smith, former SEALs Doherty and Woods were killed by Obama. I think you need to be a big more careful of what you are trying to say.

    You want to know why NO ONE really talks about Benghazi anymore? Because of the strong CIA involvement of the area. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/02/benghazi-cia-libya_n_2062131.html. That is why Romeny, who was so willing to yell and point fingers about the Benghazi attack, suddenly shut his mouth up about it when this news came to light.

  39. Jose Ramirez

    A couple dead under Obama compared to hundreds dead under bush come on now!

  40. Jim Brier

    The president had to give the OK to launch the raid, a very dangerous mission on foreign soil. Had the mission gone wrong or resulted in casualties, the same people criticizing Obama would have blamed him for launching the op.

  41. Jim Brier

    So your saying ending OIF wasn't the right move by Obama? As far as Benghazi, the loss of life is horrible. Had the Libyan government protected and supplied security to the US Mission, as is their responsibility,we would've seen a different outcome.