Predictably, the GOP is not bothered at all that a propaganda film full of blatant lies and bogus claims smearing President Obama’s parentage, nationality and political beliefs by hypocritical muckraking adulterer Dinesh D’Souza is being spammed via snail mail to voters in swing states and aired on television for free by a Republican-owned cable company, but they are losing their ever-loving minds that a film based on fact and chock full of documentary film footage is airing because it may boost Obama’s reputation as the man who made the decision–and then directed a team of courageous Navy SEALs–to take out America’s #1 Enemy, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Conservatives have already been angry about the film for months, once they caught wind that it existed, but the news that additional footage of Obama has been added to it has “ratcheted up [Republican] resentment” online and off. There have been mutterings about Hollywood liberals and how totally unfair everything is, gosh.
The hour and a half long film, “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” is scheduled to air two days before Election Day on the National Geographic Channel, and Netflix will have it available the next day. The film includes news and documentary footage of Obama, following the preparation before and aftermath of the May 2011 raid in Pakistan that killed bin Laden.
Footage will include Obama joking with the audience at the annual White House correspondents’ dinner and not letting the plan to nab bin Laden slip, a lonely stroll where Obama appears to have a lot on his mind, and the “Justice has been done!” formal announcement to America after the successful raid.
Footage that was considered but rejected included video of Mitt Romney appearing to oppose the Pakistan raid. No further details on that, but I’d bet it included Romney’s statement that he didn’t think bringing bin Laden to justice was worth “moving heaven and earth” to accomplish.
The choice of release date is deliberate, but not for the reasons the Republicans are alleging. As Rory Carroll at The Guardian explains:
The film’s timing, [Howard T Owens, the chief executive of the National Geographic Channe] said, was to take advantage of the fall schedule of TV shows. Another motivation was desire to get in ahead of the “Zero Dark Thirty,” a bigger-budget film about the raid directed by Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow.
“Other than being commercially opportunistic, we weren’t considering the election,” said Owens.
“Zero Dark Thirty” was originally slated to appear in cinemas before the election but was pushed back to December amid complaints it could unfairly boost Obama. Republicans also accused the White House of sharing classified information with Bigelow and her writer-producer, Mark Boal.
Meanwhile, D’Souza’s film, which is pure partisan propaganda with a malicious intent, is still showing up unsolicited in mailboxes in several swing states. Democrats aren’t thrilled about it, but you’ll note that they have not been whining non-stop about it, unlike how the Republicans have already begun doing in response to “SEAL Team Six.”