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Campaign 2012

Bin Laden Raid Movie Features Obama

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized a scene in the movie depicting Mitt Romney. The scene was removed.

A made-for-television movie about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, backed by an Obama fundraiser, was re-cut to make the president look stronger and remove a scene showing Mitt Romney’s apparent opposition to hunting down the terrorist leader, The New York Times reports.

Democratic fundraiser Harvey Weinstein funded the film, SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden, which is set to air on the National Geographic Channel the Sunday before Election Day. The film had been re-cut using documentary footage and news reports, reportedly to paint Obama in a favorable light.

 

The president appears in several scenes, and at one point is shown saying, “Justice has been done.” A scene showing Romney's apparent opposition the raid was removed.

After seeing the film, The Times called it “a political stunt.” Though in an interview, Weinstein and the film’s director claimed it was not politically motivated.

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