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How To Talk To Dinesh D’Souza (If You Must)
The anti-Barack Obama “documentary” 2016: Obama’s America went into wide release this weekend, shocking the box office with a first place finish on Friday. Which means that the film’s director and star, conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, will be getting a lot of attention. So I think now is a good time to review how to deal with D’Souza’s irrational polemics, courtesy of the master himself, Stephen Colbert.
D’Souza appeared on The Colbert Report to promote his book The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and its Responsibility for 9/11, in which he blames liberals for the September 11th attacks for allegedly producing a “morally depraved” image of America abroad. By the end of the interview, Colbert has the neo-con’s head spinning as he gets D’Souza to admit that he agrees with fundamentalist Muslims on their disdain for aspects of American culture.
Colbert shows us that the best way to deal with D’Souza is to take his absurd arguments and run with them. Think about it: not only does D’Souza sit on his pedestal, condemning large swaths of mainstream America as “morally depraved;” but he engages in victim blaming for the worst attack on American soil in centuries. By following D’Souza’s ideas to their logical implications, Colbert gets the man arguing against himself.
Colbert also reminds us that to argue D’Souza on the basis of his “facts” is almost to miss the point: even if Dinesh D’Souza has all his facts correct, he’s still probably arguing for something crazy. As Colbert reveals, D’Souza idolizes a world where religious fundamentalists of all stripes can get together and oppress anyone who disagrees with them.
As for the actually content of 2016: Obama’s America
, Media Matters has already done a thorough job
debunking the claims of its source material, D’Souza’s 2010 book The Roots of Obama’s Rage
. But it’s worth remembering that even if D’Souza can get his facts straight, this man’s condemnation isn’t necessarily something to be ashamed of.