From The Guardian:
Film producer Harvey Weinstein may prove to be the secret weapon of the Barack Obama re-election campaign thanks to a film about the killing of Osama Bin Laden that is set to air on US TV just 48 hours before polling day.http://www.guardian.co.uk/...
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden is the first high-profile dramatisation of the attack on the al-Qaida leader's Pakistan hide-out. The incident, in May 2011, was widely regarded as a coup for the Obama administration, following former President Bush's failed seven-year attempt to catch Bin Laden "dead or alive".
Produced by the Weinstein Company, the film will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday 4 November. "While some of the characterisations have been dramatised for creative reasons, the core story is an accurate portrayal of an event that ended the longest manhunt in American history," the channel said in a statement.
The kicker is that The National Geographic Channel is owned by News Corp., ergo it is controlled by Rupert Murdoch!
From Wikipedia's entry on NatGeo TV:
National Geographic Channel, also commercially abbreviated and trademarked as Nat Geo, is an American subscription channel, that airs non-fiction television programs produced by the National Geographic Society. Like History and the Discovery Channel, the channel features documentaries with factual content involving nature, science, culture, and history. The channel is owned primarily by Fox Cable Networks, a division of News Corporation.http://en.wikipedia.org/...
Nice FU to Mittens, I'd say. I don't think Rupert has ever liked him very much.
But more likely, IMO, this is Rupert's way of trying to stay out of jail. Rupert surely knows that the U.S. Justice Department is building one or more Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases against him. He seems dead to rights on a myriad of possible charges.
Rupert also loves to play king maker. He'll even be a booster for a supposed Lefty like Tony Blair, as long as he can take credit for his ascension.
Shorter Rupert: "Mister President, you wouldn't indict someone who gave you such a tremendous leg up toward re-election, would you? Come on, mate -- no 'ard feelings, eh?"
So satisfying to see Rupert "Power-Mad" Murdoch reduced to obsequious attempts to curry favor with an administration that will probably not show much mercy during a second term. Heehee Hahahahahahahaha :)