Debate About the Film 2016: Obama's America

09/25/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll hear a debate over the film 2016: Obama's America that was recorded for Uprising Radio for KPFK. Here's the description: KPFK Radio will broadcast a live debate between Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Dinesh D’Souza the director of the new film called 2016: Obama’s America on Tuesday September 18th from 8 to 9 am PST. The debate will be featured on KPFK’s popular morning drive-time show, Uprising, moderated by host Sonali Kolhatkar.

D’souza’s film is based on his 2010 book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, which makes the case that President Obama is influenced by his Kenyan father’s political background, and that his policies today are driven by radical anti-colonial sentiments. 2016: Obama’s America has grossed more than $26 million since its September 9th release, and is playing on 2000 screens nationwide.

President Obama’s reelection campaign has responded, calling the film “nothing more than an insidious attempt to dishonestly smear the President by giving intellectual cover to the worst in subterranean conspiracy theories and false, partisan attacks.”

Award winning veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and best-selling author Chris Hedges will debate D’Souza on the topic of his documentary and Obama’s policies. Hedges won a Pulitzer prize for his reporting on global terrorism at the New York Times in 2002. He served as a war correspondent for nearly 20 years and is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute and a columnist at Truthdig.com. His most recent book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt with cartoonist Joe Sacco, is a piercing account of unregulated capitalism. Hedges has been an active member of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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