Friday, September 14, 2012

Truth in Advertising

Proposal: Let us discontinue the use of the term “mainstream media.” They are hardly that. It seems far more fair and accurate to call them what they really are: the Leftist media. Surely they are not mainstream any longer, if they ever were.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

2016: D’Souza’s Obama

     Yesterday I saw 2016:  Obama’s America at the local multiplex. The audience was small at the matinee and significantly older than what I’ve seen for other films at the same theater. Nonetheless, there were 22 movies on offer, most of which had three or four screenings a day. 2016 was among only four movies scheduled for five daily screenings. The amount of play the theater is giving the film seems to correlate with the amount of recent buzz in the alternative media.

     Given that buzz, it is likely that even those who have not seen the documentary will be generally aware of its thesis: President Obama’s childhood and education germinated in him a lifelong grudge against the European colonial powers. His resentment toward Europe, and Britain in particular, has spread like a psychological inkblot to stain his views of America as well. Thus, his otherwise inexplicable actions as Commander in Chief—the film cites running up a ruinous debt, running away from our allies, and running down our nuclear stockpile—are fully explained as the rational moves of a man stoking a mid-20th century African anti-colonialist zeal. Whether you find such a thesis tenable will probably depend more on what opinions you take to the film than on the content of the film itself.

     Many Americans on the Left remain emotionally invested in the president, or at least in the agenda of which they believe he remains the champion. For them, 2016 will be absolutely maddening. In offering anti-colonialism as the real motive for Obama’s political ambition, filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza has presented Leftists with a possibility that will play on their malaise. Many of them are disappointed in the president’s first term, and for them D’Souza’s thesis will be hauntingly plausible. Why else would Obama have slighted their agenda? The more dissatisfied they are with the president, the more privately susceptible they will be to D’Souza. They will try to ignore the film, but as box office receipts climb, they will have to excoriate it as biased, or full of lies, or what have you—all the while fearing in their hearts that D’Souza may be right, and that they are betrayed. The anticipated howls of rage and pain are already to be heard.