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Editorial: Informed voters can sort the excellent from awful

An image from 'SEAL Team Six' National Geographic Channels movie about killing OsambLaden.  |  National Geographic Channels viAP

An image from "SEAL Team Six," a National Geographic Channels movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden. | National Geographic Channels via AP

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Updated: December 5, 2012 6:31AM

On this weekend before Tuesday’s big election, President Barack Obama would like to remind you that he got Osama bin Laden. He “took him out,” as the tough guys say.

The president can’t go around saying that too much. Nobody likes a braggart.

But fortunately for him there’s a TV movie on Sunday night, “SEAL Team Six,” a dramatization of the killing of bin Laden, that does the bragging for him.

Over and over.

Conservatives are irate, and who can blame them?

It would be utterly unfair if 90 minutes of liberal Hollywood propaganda, airing on the National Geographic Channel, nudged Obama over the top in this presidential election.

Then again, the movie is not really inaccurate, just suspiciously timed.

Obama really does deserve enormous credit for giving the green light to the Navy SEALs raid that killed bin Laden. It was a gutsy call.

If the raid had failed and American soldiers had been killed, Obama’s presidency would have been derailed.

It would be a shame if one hokey movie — “SEAL Team Six” is not great art — were to decide an election. Maybe nobody should watch it.

It would be a shame, as well, if all those shadow-filled, factually challenged, 30-second TV ads for the candidates swayed many voters, though they do.

And it would be a shame if voters sized up Obama or former Gov. Mitt Romney on the basis of what they hear from cable TV bobbleheads, though many do.

The junk is everywhere. But so is the good stuff, more so than ever in today’s digitally fractured media world.

Our job, as conscientious citizens looking to cast an informed vote, is to sort the excellent from the awful.

Then we wouldn’t have to worry about the disproportionate impact of one last-minute movie that gushes over Obama or one last-minute cheap-shot Romney ad that falsely accuses the president of shipping auto jobs to China.

Our job, as Americans, is to wise up.

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