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How did CBC’s Trump Inauguration crystal ball fare?

Bob Mackin

On March 11, 2016, four months before Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for President, CBC’s Fifth Estate aired the documentary about Donald the Disruptor, called “The Rise and Rage of Donald Trump: The Fire Breather.”

It began with a glimpse into the future, of what a Donald Trump Inauguration ceremony might look like. 

Trump won the nomination. He went on to win the Electoral College over Hillary Clinton. He was sworn-in as 45th President as the world watched on Jan. 20. 

So how did the Fifth Estate and its crystal ball fare? It didn’t anticipate the red-capped Trump supporters and it got the colour of Trump’s tie wrong. It also didn’t anticipate the relatively low attendance, compared with other Inauguration Days, as noted on @EmptySeatsPics. Notwithstanding, the producers did pretty well overall. 

Compare some of the key images from that documentary and CBC’s coverage of the historic Jan. 20 ceremony below. 

And then watch award-winning investigative reporter Bob McKeown’s documentary

What will the next four years hold for the Excited States of America and the rest of the world? 

Stay tuned. It’s going to be a rollercoaster ride.

CBC Inauguration Day coverage

CBC Fifth Estate

CBC Inauguration Day coverage

CBC Fifth Estate

 

CBC Inauguration Day coverage above; Fifth Estate 2016 documentary below.