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Is Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden a political propoganda film?

Oct. 24, 2012by: Paul Shirey

We've addressed this before, but it seems that the issue has gathered even more heat since then, as the retitled and possibly "repurposed" film, SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN is getting more attention for its edits, most notably for the boost of President Obama's role. According to the New York Times there have been some prominent changes. "...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. Obamas role and provide a window into decision-making in the White House."

"Some of the Obama moments were added at the suggestion of Mr. Weinstein, [the filmmakers] said, using material gathered by Meghan OHara, a producer who worked closely with the documentarian Michael Moore on politically charged projects like FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and SICKO."

Director John Stockwell (BLUE CRUSH, ROCK STAR) said that Mr. Weinstein, after buying the movie, came into the edit room and suggested a revision that gave the movie context and helped root it in reality. Riiight. Stockwell went on to say, We wouldnt air this if it were propaganda."

So, what changes were made exactly? "The scenes featuring Mr. Obama include an opening with him at the annual White House correspondents dinner just a day before the raid (which was added by Ms. OHara); another that catches him on a long, lonely walk as he presumably deliberates his weighty decision; and without getting too deeply into spoilers another that finds him declaring at the end, 'Justice has been done.'"

I think the writing's on the wall here. Weinstein is an outspoken supporter of Obama, having held fundraisers and rallied support wherever he can. Is that a bad thing? Not at all. It's his right to do so. However, what bothers me is the use of a film as a means to selling a presidency. Most people can read between the lines and see what's going on and it seems to me that Stockwell made the film, then Weinstein bought it, seeing an opportunity to exploit it for political purposes and ensured that happened in the editing room.

Politics oftentimes find their way into entertainment, especially from those who lean one side or the other. That's nothing new. Personally, though, I just want to see well-told stories without a religious or political agenda. That said, I have to admit I'll be checking this out on Netflix just to satiate my curiosity. Only now, it's just to see how far this leans on politics vs. entertainment instead of seeing a film about the death of Bin Laden.

SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN premieres November 4, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on National Geographic Channel and will be available on Netflix streaming the following day.

What do you guys think? Do you see a problem with a producer re-editing a movie to make it more politically motivated? Do you think it could change a person's vote?

Extra Tidbit: Hopefully, Zero Dark Thirty will avoid political motivations and simply deliver a solid account of Bin Laden's death. At least by then the political race will be over.
Source: New York Times

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8:37AM on 09/30/2013

bad film

I could clearly see that the Pakistani scenes were shot in India because of the vehicles, the writings every where in Hindi and not Urdu , the terrain of both Peshawar and Abbotabad were completely wrong and there were a whole lot of things wrong with the film.
1/10 for the film.
I could clearly see that the Pakistani scenes were shot in India because of the vehicles, the writings every where in Hindi and not Urdu , the terrain of both Peshawar and Abbotabad were completely wrong and there were a whole lot of things wrong with the film.
1/10 for the film.
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11:58AM on 11/12/2012

"I don't want to spike the football" Obama

He'll just let his Hollywood friends make him look awesome doing it.
He'll just let his Hollywood friends make him look awesome doing it.
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5:16AM on 10/26/2012
How is this even a question. Look at the air date... of course this is a propaganda film.
How is this even a question. Look at the air date... of course this is a propaganda film.
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8:25PM on 10/25/2012

Okay: This one is Obama. Romney is Zero Dark Thirty

I like that setup. Obama is a TV movie that promised to be great and turned out to be a let down while Romney is a blockbuster with A list talent.
I like that setup. Obama is a TV movie that promised to be great and turned out to be a let down while Romney is a blockbuster with A list talent.
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5:53AM on 10/25/2012

All military moves are pro military, why shouldn't they be?

Actually Seal Team Six was assembled during the Bush admin, and Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for disassembling the Seal team, as well as closing the Guantanamo Base in cuba. All the while condemning the anti-terrorism policies prior too, and during his Presidency. Id like to have seen the movie about the General behind the scenes that refused, and lied to keep the Seal team six in affect, and sent them off to assassinate Osama. Defiantly don't want to see Obama admin taking credit
Actually Seal Team Six was assembled during the Bush admin, and Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for disassembling the Seal team, as well as closing the Guantanamo Base in cuba. All the while condemning the anti-terrorism policies prior too, and during his Presidency. Id like to have seen the movie about the General behind the scenes that refused, and lied to keep the Seal team six in affect, and sent them off to assassinate Osama. Defiantly don't want to see Obama admin taking credit for something he was to have supposedly gotten rid of, so he could accept his Nobel Peace prize on a lie. While exploiting soldiers even more. Then to have ppl talk down about the films message. These soldiers should be glorified, and everyone who sees this film should appreciate them even if it is propaganda or not. Have enough mental discipline to decipher the true msg, and the lies for yourselves. No matter your political view, the men and women who serve to protect us all (in whatever country your in) should always be highly regarded. Yes even in film, its the only way civilians will ever catch a glimpse at the horrors they go through.
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2:58AM on 10/25/2012
Most Hollywood movies are huge Propaganda Flicks for the military...That's the real problem.
Most Hollywood movies are huge Propaganda Flicks for the military...That's the real problem.
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7:08PM on 10/24/2012
This was definitely intended to be propoganda. Weinstein is a very outspoken Obama supporter and originally had a scene with Romney in the movie as well painting him out to be a villain. Why include Romney in the story if this is not propoganda? He was not president at the time so what connection does he really have to the story other than to defame him? In fact National Geographic forced them to take the Romney stuff out as they did see it as propaganda and would refuse to air it. Of course
This was definitely intended to be propoganda. Weinstein is a very outspoken Obama supporter and originally had a scene with Romney in the movie as well painting him out to be a villain. Why include Romney in the story if this is not propoganda? He was not president at the time so what connection does he really have to the story other than to defame him? In fact National Geographic forced them to take the Romney stuff out as they did see it as propaganda and would refuse to air it. Of course the fact that they are rushing to get this released on multiple platforms right before the election doesn't help their case.
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5:42PM on 10/24/2012

News Flash: The Damage Is Done

It has already been reported that the Obama White House and all adjacent intelligence apparatuses were QUITE cooperative in the making of films such as this. There is an obvious and distinct bias toward the president, a desire to prop him up. Stand back for some perspective. Obama demonizes the Bush terrorism policies, then he comes into office, embraces them, uses them to assassinate (why was bin laden not captured? is obama's national defense team that unsophisticated?) UBL, then praises
It has already been reported that the Obama White House and all adjacent intelligence apparatuses were QUITE cooperative in the making of films such as this. There is an obvious and distinct bias toward the president, a desire to prop him up. Stand back for some perspective. Obama demonizes the Bush terrorism policies, then he comes into office, embraces them, uses them to assassinate (why was bin laden not captured? is obama's national defense team that unsophisticated?) UBL, then praises himself for that assassination, then sells out to the hollywood liberals who would portray him as a hero/martyr/king by revealing crucial intelligence information, so as to promote an "accurate" portrayal. Absolutely disgusting.
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5:31PM on 10/24/2012

News Flash: The Damage Is Done

It has already been reported that the Obama White House and all adjacent intelligence apparatuses were QUITE cooperative in the making of films such as this. There is an obvious and distinct bias toward the president, a desire to prop him up. Stand back for some perspective. Obama demonizes the Bush terrorism policies, then he comes into office, embraces them, uses them to assassinate (why was bin laden not captured? is obama's national defense team that unsophisticated?) UBL, then praises
It has already been reported that the Obama White House and all adjacent intelligence apparatuses were QUITE cooperative in the making of films such as this. There is an obvious and distinct bias toward the president, a desire to prop him up. Stand back for some perspective. Obama demonizes the Bush terrorism policies, then he comes into office, embraces them, uses them to assassinate (why was bin laden not captured? is obama's national defense team that unsophisticated?) UBL, then praises himself for that assassination, then sells out to the hollywood liberals who would portray him as a hero/martyr/king by revealing crucial intelligence information, so as to promote an "accurate" portrayal. Absolutely disgusting.
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4:37PM on 10/24/2012

not at all

I don't see this as a propaganda film or a negative move / change , in fact based on the description this will actually strengthen the film -- and this is coming from a Canadian so I'm not really pro or anti Obama or anything.
I don't see this as a propaganda film or a negative move / change , in fact based on the description this will actually strengthen the film -- and this is coming from a Canadian so I'm not really pro or anti Obama or anything.
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4:38PM on 10/24/2012
also wait what this is a TV movie or something? Weird, especially with William Fichtner in it, a top talent... ah well
also wait what this is a TV movie or something? Weird, especially with William Fichtner in it, a top talent... ah well
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