Debate About the Film 2016: Obama's America09/25/12 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 Dâ€™Souza the director of the new film called 2016: Obamaâ€™s America on Tuesday September 18th from 8 to 9 am PST. The debate will be featured on KPFKâ€™s popular morning drive-time show, Uprising, moderated by host Sonali Kolhatkar.
Dâ€™souzaâ€™s film is based on his 2010 book, The Roots of Obamaâ€™s Rage, which makes the case that President Obama is influenced by his Kenyan fatherâ€™s political background, and that his policies today are driven by radical anti-colonial sentiments. 2016: Obamaâ€™s America has grossed more than $26 million since its September 9th release, and is playing on 2000 screens nationwide.
President Obamaâ€™s reelection campaign has responded, calling the film â€œnothing 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.â€
Award winning veteran journalist, foreign correspondent and best-selling author Chris Hedges will debate Dâ€™Souza on the topic of his documentary and Obamaâ€™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.