Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"The Choice 2016": PBS Frontline intersperses Clinton, Trump

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, PBS Frontline aired “The Choice 2016”, a documentary exploring the “past lives” of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  Here’s the basic link..

The young Hillary looks like a hippie or geek, almost, working on Watergate, learning how to defend secrets (which makes the email scandal seem more perplexing.)  The documentary relates how Hillary failed the DC Bar, but passed the Arkansas bar, so she went back home to her boyfriend Bill, who looks surprisingly youthful compared to what we’ve gotten used to.

But eventually it covers the 1992 election, and her Health Care Bus in 1993, with the energetic demonstrations in the hinterlands by those who believe in taking care of only their own.

The documentary intersperses this narrative with Donald Trump’s (in comparison to CNN, which presented them separately), and focuses especially on Trump’s upbringing in luxury in Queens by real estate mogul Fred.  Trump wound up in military school because he was a discipline problem at home, and seemed to thrive.  For most of his career, winning was his own virtue.


On Jan. 3, 2017, PBS reran the Trump portion, slightly updated for the election win, narrated by Jim Gilmore, directed by Michael Kirk. 

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