The movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi premiered earlier this week in Los Angeles and will get wide release come tomorrow.
Last night, Megyn Kelly interviewed several relatives of those who perished in Benghazi and discussed what the implications the film might have for the 2016 presidential election.
Honestly, I don’t think the film will have much impact on the election. It isn’t a question of the subject matter at hand, but rather the timing of the movie’s release. The election is nearly 10 months away and, except for the people who lost loved ones and conservative Americans already committed against Hillary Clinton, the movie will be a distant memory.
This would not have been the case had the movie been released on September 9th, two days before the 4th anniversary of the attack and exactly 60 days before the election. That would put 13 Hours smack dab in the middle of the election season. 13 Hours would very much be on the mind of voters in a way it won’t be with a January release.
I have no doubt Paramount Pictures had this in mind when they chose to schedule it for a January release. Indeed, according to this New York Times story from last October executives at Paramount had considered delaying its release until after the Iowa caucuses. However, they ultimately concluded the longer the period between the movie’s release and the election, the better. And by better they didn’t mean Paramount’s profit margins, but Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects.
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