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How To Talk To Dinesh D’Souza (If You Must)

Submitted by on August 25, 2012 – 10:14 am2 Comments
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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.
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  • Becky Myers says:

    I saw 2016 and have a question about the returning of the bust of Churchill. I googled this action & acording to newsweek the bust was only on loan to the US to show solidarity with the US after 9/11. The bust was returned at the end of Bush’s term by the Bush administration before Obama took over. Obviously I am requesting an expnantion of your statement of Obama returning it. I am not an Obama suporter,infact I am scared of him,but I also am a person who does not like any type of misleading/manipulating statements about anyone. I feel the only truth needs to be stated because,in my eye’s one lie can make people suspect to the entire issue. Respectfully yours.

  • Sid Trevethan says:

    I am a nit picker, and a widely read technical generalist: as such there are points of disagreement between me and D’Souza. That said, it is outrageous to see the adjective “irrational” used to describe his remarkable work. He presents a wide variety of information, and no little praise, with the vast majority of it BHO’s own words – most of them in Obama’s own voice. He does not tell you what to think or conclude – and he even openly admits and shows critics of himself. You should study his work with a view to imitating his methods.

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