“Harvey obviously doesn’t schedule our network,” Owens said, referring to The Weinstein Co. Co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, whose company is producing “Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” a thriller based on President Barack Obama’s decision to kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. “[We’re] not political. We are opportunistic, from a programming perspective.”

Instead, Owens said National Geographic wanted to release “Seal Team Six” ahead of “Zero Dark Thirty,” a competing film account of the killing of bin Laden from acclaimed “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, which is scheduled for release in mid-December…

Lyle made it clear that the film will emphasize the risks the president’s action entailed, even as the network clarified that the film will not be entirely accurate.