NatGeo's bin Laden film timing sparks controversy
On the heels of the alleged plot to strike the Federal Reserve, there are now concerns about a prominent institution in the nation’s capital.
National Geographic will air a film about the killing of Osama bin Laden next month. Reportedly it has raised the ire of some Muslim extremists.
A spokesperson for National Geographic says there is no specific threat and that she believes security is adequate, but some people question the airing of the film and its timing.
National Geographic’s headquarters is widely reported to be the object of Jihadist anger because of a film NetGeo plans to run next month.
“Why not show the movie? Yeah, as crazy as it was, why not show it. That way you get insight into what happened,” says Mike Singleton of Oxon Hill.
National Geographic says it has received no specific threat. It believes its hundreds of employees are safe and says despite widespread reports to the contrary it has not beefed up security. Still, some wonder why NatGeo would show a program which could inflame a dangerous group of people, especially some who work at or near National Geographic’s headquarters.
“Maybe the timing is not right, maybe we need to wait a while to tell the story,” says Suzanne Reese of Annapolis. “Maybe when things are not so volatile and sensitive.”
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to show it. I think we should keep those things as quiet as possible,” says Leon Peace of Silver Spring.
Some are upset about the timing of the film for another reason: the movie, which is expected to show President Obama in a heroic light, will show two days before the election.
Some believe NatGeo is playing favorites and the film could lure some voters to the Obama campaign.
“People might think that he is the hero because he got rid of Osama bin Laden,” says Diane Shedd of Bowie.
The president of NatGeo said the network is not political. He denied the scheduling of the film is intended to aid President Obama