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The Choice 2016 

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. FRONTLINE's acclaimed election-year series, "The Choice," returns - going behind ... See full summary »


Michael Kirk
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)
Donald Trump ... Himself (archive footage)
Omarosa Manigault ... Herself
Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage)
Timothy L. O'Brien ... Himself
Graydon Carter ... Himself
David Remnick ... Himself
Michael D'Antonio Michael D'Antonio ... Himself
Hillary Clinton ... Herself (archive footage)
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason Linda Bloodworth-Thomason ... Herself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Blair Jim Blair ... Himself
Gail Sheehy Gail Sheehy ... Herself
David Maraniss ... Himself
Chelsea Clinton ... Herself (archive footage)


Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. FRONTLINE's acclaimed election-year series, "The Choice," returns - going behind the headlines to investigate what has shaped these two candidates, where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk, "The Choice 2016" will investigate formative moments in Clinton and Trump's lives through interviews with those who know them best, providing in-depth, trustworthy reporting and powerful new insights at a moment when voters are being bombarded with conflicting partisan stories about each candidate.

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27 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Tabloid journalism
16 January 2017 | by prohibited-name-2256See all my reviews

Lately, I've watched a wonderful World War 2 documentary from Frontline, so when I saw their U.S. elections episode, I was hoping that I could learn a thing or two this time as well. Nothing further from the truth.

Since the beginning, the tone is set: Donald Trump is the spoiled lucky kid with bad influences all around him, while Clinton is a passionate idealistic girl we are to feel sympathy for. Her childhood is also painted in dark colors, but while in Trump's case he soaks the evilness from his surrounding to become the man that ultimately runs for president, Hillary stands against the negative influences to become a better person. In both cases, zero evidence is given to support these claims and the fact that they use same arguments to glorify one candidate and vilify another already betrays what's to follow.

The movie is in color, but it feels so black and white - common factors are introduced to help us compare the candidates, and in each single one Hillary is the good girl, while Trump is the bad guy. For example, this "documentary" went so bonkers that they attached Martin Luther King as her role model, only to follow it up with Trump's role model... a ruthless lawyer that has taught him horrible things.

Most, if not all, guests follow that same theme too. Interestingly, everyone is a telepathic expert on Donald Trump. Without a shred of evidence, they state with 100% confidence what had which influences on Trump. He has been going to a church, which they paint as a bastion of ruthless capitalism, therefore he must have been soaking it with his eyes wide open, which must have defined him as a bad person. Obama laughed at Trump publicly? Trump is so evil that the only reason he is part of the race is because he is a bloodthirsty vengeful person. Should Americans vote for such a monster? People behind the movie try to make the decision for you, but make no mistake: you will learn nothing from it.

You can find here one of the main ingredients of why Trump has won the election: because Hillary fanboys produce this kind of one-sided venomous rhetoric that turn everything into a tabloid horror drama, which can go so far that even a person such as Trump starts to look like the good guy next to her. As such, the picture is the unfortunate extension of Clinton's horrible campaign's core points.

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