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Bin Laden Film By Obama Bundler to Air Days Before Election

This is Obama-bundler Harvey Weinstein’s made-for-TV film about the Osama bin Laden raid, not to be confused with the much-hyped Kathryn Bigelow movie on the same subject (that one is supposed to come out at the end of the year). Weinstein’s film will air on National Geographic Channel on November 4, which many have pointed out is a pretty coincidental date:

A film dramatizing the death of Osama bin Laden is set to debut next month on the National Geographic Channel, two days before the presidential election.

“Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” from The Weinstein Co. and Voltage Pictures, will air Sunday, Nov. 4, the channel said Thursday. President Barack Obama faces Republican challenger Mitt Romney at the polls two days later.

Weinstein co-chairman Harvey Weinstein is a prominent fundraiser for Obama’s re-election campaign, which has touted bin Laden’s death as an example of the president’s leadership.

An attempt to sway the election by reminding the public of Obama’s gutsy call? Doubtful. It’s premiering on National Geographic on a Sunday, so the extent of its influence is probably pretty low. As The Atlantic notes, the National Geographic Channel is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which isn’t a company you’d expect to be behind a stealthy Hollywood scheme to boost Obama’s reelection chances. It actually wouldn’t be surprising if the channel floated this “controversy” itself to get more attention for the film, which few people probably heard of before today.

The trailer for the movie is here. While there are a few lines that may make your eyes roll (i.e., “The President of the United States is going to be staking his presidency on this call!”), for the most part it seems to be focused on the SEALs who carried out the raid, which is a good thing.