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Why is Clearview Cinema Showing '2016: Obama's America'?

Are propaganda movies, negative or positive, something we will see more of in our commercial movie houses in the future, especially around election seasons?

I contacted the Clearview Cinema on Main St. in Port Washington when I saw they were showing in the afternoon and early evening the documentary "2016: Obama's America" by writer Dinesh D'Souza.

The person I spoke to at Clearview Main St. said the film is not a film that shows the president in a good light and no, they have no other film scheduled to balance or rebut this film. I asked for corporate numbers, called, got a nice person who directed my call to someone who did not answer, and I left a message on voice mail. Didn't hear back so I called twice and no one answered.

I watched the trailers of this documentary and read a few reviews, and watched a Youtube Fox interview with Mr. D’Souza.  The documentary seemed to have all the hazy, innuendo rich, conspiracy theories, etc., and, frankly, looked poorly made. It claims to have been based on President Obama’s memoir "Dreams of My Father" and Mr. D’Souza’s books.

At first I was concerned as to whether Clearview, the company, was making a political statement by showing this film and offering nothing to counter it. What I found truly disturbing is that this film is clearly negative propaganda about one person in this country who is running for political office. This is a commercial movie house, not a specialty/art house, a movie house where I took my kids to see "Shrek" among other films.

Do I have to look forward to future election seasons seeing propaganda films, negative or positive, playing at this movie house or other commercial movie houses? It also makes me wonder with all the money in our political system is someone paying to have it be in commercial movie houses?  Yikes!

Here’s the link to Rottentomatoes you might want to check out for information about the 2016: Obama’s America :http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/2016_obamas_america/


Nadine Connors Genova

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Robert J. Pape, Jr. September 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The last time I checked, the Declaration of Independance has signatures of real people on the bottom.
Eileen Hatz September 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
John, thank you. You made my day!! As funny as this is, it's also heart-breakingly accurate.
Kenn September 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Well, a moot point now that Clearview Port Washington Cinema is not showing 2016 any longer. I doubt it was because of this (often) ill-informed "debate" on the PW Patch. BUT, fear not, 2016 is still in many theaters. Go see it, then add some more "informed" comments. Here are a few theaters and the showtimes for this weekend: AMC Loews Raceway 10 1025 Corporate Drive, Westbury, NY ‎1:35‎ ‎6:30‎ ‎11:35pm‎ UA Lynbrook 6 321 Merrick Road, Lynbrook, NY ‎1:30‎ ‎4:25‎ ‎7:10‎ ‎9:25pm‎ Broadway Multiplex Cinemas 995 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, NY ‎12:30‎ ‎2:45‎ ‎4:55‎ ‎7:10pm‎ Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas 1001 Broad Hollow Road, Farmingdale, NY ‎12:20‎ ‎2:30‎ ‎4:45‎ ‎7:00‎ ‎9:15‎ ‎11:30pm‎ Long Beach Cinema 4 179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY ‎12:20‎ ‎2:20‎ ‎4:20‎ ‎6:30‎ ‎8:40pm‎ AMC Loews Shore 8 37 Wall Street, Huntington, NY ‎11:40am‎ ‎1:50‎ ‎4:20‎ ‎6:45‎ ‎9:15pm‎ UA 64th and 2nd 1210 2nd Avenue, New York, NY ‎2:40‎ ‎4:50‎ ‎7:00‎ ‎9:10pm‎ AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 570 Second Ave., New York, NY ‎1:00‎ ‎5:50‎ ‎10:45pm‎ Regal Union Square Stadium 14 850 Broadway, New York, NY ‎8:50pm‎
jonathan winant September 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Did anyone hide behind a cloak when they signed the declaration of independence? I saw a copy of the document and did not remember seeing anyone signature which was a description of their obligations(such as Taxpayer). All I saw were the identifiable names of real people who without electronic devices (at the time) had to be physically present. and show their face when they signed.
jonathan winant September 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Kenn funny but I did not see one Clearview theater on the list of who is currently showing the film.
jonathan winant September 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I almost forgot to thank and applaud everyone who posts on the Patch and has the guts to use a real name both first and last.
John M. Belanich September 15, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Thanks Eileen, and you made my day for noticing.
Eileen Coles September 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Best comment I've read here so far. Theaters getting turned into kangaroo courts are not my idea of free speech. Free speech goes both ways. Let him defend himself and let his defense be heard by EVERY person urging others to go see this movie in the name of "free speech". If you're only interested in one side of the argument but pretending to be about "free speech", you're full of it!
Patronage Troll September 15, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Sorry, but Publius you ain't.
Eileen Coles September 15, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Indeed. This whole "corporations are people" thing fails just as soon as anyone asks them to take responsibility for their words and deeds. When's the last time you saw a corporation die for it's country? How about NEVER! Corporations don't HAVE countries. Or Constitutions. Or anywhere near as much to lose when they get big enough to ignore such things.
Howard Blankman September 15, 2012 at 06:38 PM
With all due respect, I believe Joe and others may have missed my point. Generally speaking, Americans may be free to generaly write, think or do as they please, but should that kind of freedom be extended to annonymous letter writers. Who knows what malfactors are working to destroy this citadel of free speech? As we have seen, the guy next door can be a terrorist sent here to cause mayhem and destruction of property and the lives of innocent Americans. If that doesn't scare you, it should. But equally frightening are hate letters and such that appear with impunity because they arrive unsigned. What is the purpose of these annonymous missles? What would a publication like The Patch do if millions of incendiary letters were sent annonymounsly nationwide calling for the end of The Patch because because it was the product of muslin terrorists? And if that weren't reason enough to put The Patch out of business, what would happen if the letters also charged that the offices of The Patch were being used as an illegal abortion clinic and were handing out all kinds of drugs free to children? Then, when The Patch dismissed the annonymous letters as ravings of a collection of nut cases, the number of letters rapidly increased calling loyal Americans to bomb the hell out every Patch facility extant and the office of its parent company, what then? Would the publications rethink their willingness to post malevolent comments for nameless authors. Where do you stand on this practice?
NK September 15, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Liberals believe in freedom until they don't. 1-2 years into the Obama Presidency when they controlled all wings of government, the Fairness Doctrine Bill was trying to be reintroduced by the Nancy Pelosi controlled congress. What is the fairness doctrine? Basically every radio and tv station that airs controversial political commentary would have to air both sides. Interesting enough it was trying to be introduced just as Fox and Conservative Talk Radio were CRUSHING the ratings. Fox outrates CNN and MSNBC COMBINED. "Progressive" radio was losing ratings and either changing formats and going out of business. Their argument was too much money goes to conservative political commentary. That isn't fair. Hello, it is called the ratings and content are better. On February 11, 2009, Senator Tom Harkin (Democrat of Iowa) said "we gotta get the Fairness Doctrine back in law again." "they are just shutting down progressive talk from one city after another," Who is shutting them down Senator? If people actually believed all the BS on these stations they would be in business. It seems when opinions are offered differing with progressive beliefs things should be fair. And if Michael Moore or Bill Maher or some other flaming liberal says something, well hey, that's freedom of speech. Women should have freedom of choice. Illegal Immigrants should have freedom to use our services. Oh wait, you want freedom of speech that doesn't agree with us. Now it needs to be fair.
jonathan winant September 15, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Wonder why Clearview theaters pulled the movie after one day or so. Why have the other (NON-Cablevision owned)theaters left the movie playing? Maybe because they are not a communications company and in the news business?
jonathan winant September 15, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Last comment needs to read "and not in the news business".
Howard Blankman September 15, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I see, Nassau Taxpayer, you were there? You know exactly what Madison and company had in mind, do you? "I will continue to call the issues like I see them, etc." What pompous, pertinacious sophistry! "On a philosophical level..." And you call the honest and sincere disagreements with your venemous invective a "pious diatribe?" Well, aside from your gramatical error, it requires only one adjective to characterize your above-it-all pose: cowardly.
Michael John Sullivan September 16, 2012 at 12:33 AM
This is one of the silliest articles I've read. Regal Theater in Deer Park is showing this as well. IF you don't like it, don't go see it. It's called freedom of speech.
Robert Kennedy September 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Kenn: I'm curious about something, if you'll please forgive my ignorance: Exactly whose job is it to draft legislation? I apologise for not knowing; because, you see, when I took Civics class, they told us - and they were obviously incorrect, from having read your post - that legislation is and was drafted by the two houses of Congress, amended, ratified, and only then, sent to the White House to be signed into law. But, you see, according to your post, Obama is responsible, and I would infer that to mean SOLELY responsible, for the course that the nation has taken these last three years. Legislation is irrelevant; amendments, ratifications, conferences and floor votes in the House and Senate don't matter. Whether or not Congressmen (and -women) and Senators have introduced contravening bills, whether they have filibustered more than 250 times in the last three years to try and quash legislation, block bills, and kill initiatives; all of that is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is the sheer force of President Obama's will. It is that, and that alone, that drives the laws of the land; and the other two branches of the tricameral legislature are figureheads, at best. Thanks you for this civics lesson. I am genuinely embarassed to come to the realisation that I have labored under an opposite delusion for these 40 years. Bravo to you sir.
jonathan winant September 20, 2012 at 09:22 AM
As I have previously stated Clearview theaters is a company owned by Cablevision which is a media company and has their own news station. There might (possibility) be conflicts due to the fact that The movies is about a candidate for presidential office and this is an election year. Maybe that is why themovies was pulled from only Calevision's Clearview Theaters? It' just a thought.
Howard Blankman September 20, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Well, Jonathan, connsider the media that surrounds us, the opinion-makers, if you will. The sad fact is from The New York Times and its ilk to the previously-respected Brian Williams and those around him like Andrea Mitchell to CNBC's Rachel Maddow to Time Magazine and its Joe Klein to New York Magazine with its pompous pundit, ex-New York Times theater critic, Frank Rich, and the chic New Yorker and similar print publications, I would hazard a guess that more than half of the major media, at least, have a distinct bias that is manafest in the present and previous presidential races. (I have hunch why that is so, but it's apart from this piece.) And that is because they are paying more attention to what each candidate has said than what each has actually done -- or not done. A rose may appeal to our senses, but even a rose can cause pain if we're not careful. As sweet as honey from a hive may taste, the sting of the bees that make it is painful -- sometimes, deadly.
Carla September 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Prohibiting information from the public and pumping in only the views that provide support and concurrence because a certain group is in power, now thats a nice facist idea ! Or is that a Taliban tactic ? I though this was the USA not USSR.
Howard Blankman September 20, 2012 at 09:45 PM
There you go again, you wingnut wackjob out-of-control bore. I thought you were interested in the truth -- or is it only your rabid intellectual view of the truth that is your mantra. I'll tell what you I'm going to do, my brown-shirted-bent one; if you can prove that I am wrong, I will buy you dinner at Louie's, Damaggio's. La Piccola Liguria, Sullivan's Quay, Frank's or any local restuarant that will serve you. I assume you do leave your basement every now and then to stock up on grappa. But you cannot prove that I am in error. But I dare you to come out of your hoile abd face the light of day. If you are wary, tell me and I'll warn the FireMedics ahead of time. The only caveat is that I don't have to join you.
Howard Blankman September 21, 2012 at 01:55 AM
And once again, Nassau Taxpayer, you are ineluctably as predictable as noticing lint on a dark blue serge suit. At least, you're good for a laugh. However, the quality of your response was not enhanced by your futile attempt at a petty putdown.
Howard Blankman September 21, 2012 at 04:15 AM
And you, my supercilious critic, continue to behave cowardly. I'm not the one who refuses to identify himself. Don't change the subject.
Robert September 21, 2012 at 05:24 AM
If you read Obama's book and watched 2016 Obama's America and thought it is appalling, full of inaccuracies, then it is Obama who is full of inaccuracies. Otherwise, your reading comprehension is shaky at best.
jonathan winant September 21, 2012 at 08:24 AM
Nassau Taxpayer and Howard Blankman ; When are the two of you going to be in the boxing ring? Maybe Clearview wants to sponsor that bout. Until that time please for the good of these forums "Give the bickering and petty childish comments and anger a rest" PLEASE!
Vincent September 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
One of the posters wrote that he appreciates when a poster uses his whole name. What I would really like to see is a picture of Nadine Connors. Just because. And I haveto aree with the poster who wrote (in so mamy words)that this article is one of theworst I've seen on the Patch. I know Nassau Taxpayer and Howard Blankman for two won't agree. But, what the heck that's my opinion.
fred September 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Settle this like men! The way Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr did!
Vincent September 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Geoffrey Walter: A question for you. I read the patch every morning. This Blog Post has been running since Sept.12. It first appeared on the Mineola Patch today. Any reason it took this long to make it to the Mineola Patch or did I just miss it for seven days? Thanks.
Howard Blankman September 21, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I agree. I shouldn't even try. Nassau Tax Payer's nasty gene is too powerful. I can't match it. I really was protesting against Nassau Taxpayer's mean responses to others' comments. He thinks it's peachy to use accusatory rhetoric anonymously. I don't. He writes that I am wrong. I challenged him to prove it. He declined. He changed the subject. I was not espousing any political party. It matters not to me how Americans use their freedom (unless it impinges on someone else's freedom). NT abuses it. My ability to work with both sides of the isle is a matter of record. The September 12th issue of the Port Washington News carries a letter of my special relationship with late Assemblywoman and North Hempstead Supervisor May Newburger. He should read it.
Howard Blankman September 21, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Oops, a typo in last comment. I admit to being a lousy typist and it's difficult to proof one's ownwork. It should read "both sides of the aisle." The "a" is missing. Sorry.


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