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'Seal Team Six' celebrates Obama, suffers sins of docudrama
'Seal Team Six' celebrates Obama, suffers sins of docudrama

There is no TV genre more problematic than docudrama. And Sunday's premiere of "SEAL Team Six," which claims to be the true, inside story of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, is as problematic as they come. The core issues all grow from the docudramatist's desire to have it both ways in mixing fact and fiction. The goal is to have the credibility of the documentary as well as the poetic license to invent and collapse facts and details in the name of the most compelling storytelling. Changing the historical record -- and in some cases, possibly making it up altogether -- is bad enough. But when you play that narrative game on the presidential level on the eve of an...

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