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Seal Team Six cast defends timing of bin Laden raid movie

3:50 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The team behind "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" is saying the television movie was not recut to give a starring role to President Barack Obama two days before the presidential election.

National Geographic Channels CEO David Lyle says the film was indeed recut - but to show less footage of the president than an earlier version of the film.

"I think the end titles run longer than Obama's time on screen," Lyle said.

The movie has been accused by conservatives of having a political agenda in part because of its Nov. 4 premiere date and its backing by Obama supporter Harvey Weinstein. On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that a copy of the film provided to the paper showed that it had been recut to strengthen Obama's role.

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