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HBO, Vice to premiere post-election special

Now that the hard-fought U.S. election battle is over, we are in the season of postmortems. The latest in a slate of stories aimed at deconstructing the political climate is ...
November 16, 2016

Now that the hard-fought U.S. election battle is over, we are in the season of postmortems. The latest in a slate of stories aimed at deconstructing the political climate is a Vice Special Report that will air on HBO on Dec. 9.

Vice Special Report: A House Divided features Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith in conversation with soon-to-be-former head of state, president Barack Obama and his vice president Joe Biden, as they discuss the lack of unity in house and senate that dominated most of their eight-years in office.

“I could not be prouder of the work that my administration has done,” President Obama tells Smith in the documentary. “But there is no doubt that one of the central goals that I’d had, which was to make the politics in Washington work better, to reduce the knee-jerk partisanship, to elevate the debate – I haven’t accomplished that.”

Also featured in the documentary are exclusive interviews with with key political actors including Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, former House Speaker John Boehner and former Rep. Eric Cantor, among others.

The documentary also explores the rise of extreme ideologies, including that of the Tea Party, and the most challenging periods in bi-partisan relationships under the Obama administration, namely the Affordable Care Act, a 2009 stimulus package and the government shutdown.

The report is written and directed by Shane Smith, executive produced by Smith, Josh Tyrangiel, Jonah Kaplan and Tim Clancy. It has been produced by Alex Chitty and Jana Kozlowski.

The hour-long report airs at 10 p.m ET/PT across HBO on Dec. 9.

Story by Sonya Fatah

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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