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D’Souza on Michael Moore

I’ve never been a fan of Michael Moore. I thought Bowling for Columbine was mildly interesting, but he’s a polemicist instead of a serious thinker, with all the attendant intellectual dishonesty that comes with that label. But Dinesh D’Souza? Far worse. Infinitely worse. And it’s highly ironic to hear him criticizing Moore as a “conspiracy nut.”

It came as no surprise to me and my team that “2016″ wasn’t nominated last year, despite the fact that it made three times the amount of money at the box office than the 15 nominated films made, combined. I expected it. It is that culture that needs to be reformed. Fortunately there’s a very specific way to do this.

Of course, films aren’t nominated for Oscars for their popularity nor should they be, but for many years there has been a pattern of the Academy ignoring the work of those who don’t toe a liberal line in Hollywood in order to attempt to discredit, discourage and ultimately defund them.

But back to Michael Moore who has become Hollywood’s apologist for the federal government and makes films that are simultaneously entertaining and ridiculous and always cleverly marketed, making him something of the shrewd capitalist type he pretends to hate: Intellectually, the films are a nullity.

He produces a movie claiming that Barack Obama hates America because he inherited an “anti-colonial worldview” from the father he met a grand total of one time (as if there were something wrong with an “anti-colonial worldview” — every decent human being should be anti-colonial) is criticizing someone else’s films as intellectually void. And another irony meter bites the dust.

Comments

  1. Who Knows? says

    Why doesn’t it occur to these morons that their work doesn’t receive awards / recognition because it’s just crap?

  2. says

    D’Sozzled is part of a vast left-wing conspiracy to make Michael Moore look intelligent. Then come the granny-killing death panels and the deportation of Christians to FEMA camps. WAKE UP, SHEEPLE!!!

  3. greg1466 says

    Of course, films aren’t nominated for Oscars for their popularity nor should they be, …

    Nice of you to admit that your own argument from popularity is a fallacy.

    …but for many years there has been a pattern of the Academy ignoring the work of those who don’t toe a liberal line in Hollywood in order to attempt to discredit, discourage and ultimately defund them.

    Or maybe they just ignore works of pure fiction being passed off as serious documentaries.

  4. says

    D’souza’s a thief. He copied my own book virtually word-for-word. I was the one who broke the story about Obama dying his hair.*

    * The Rage of Obama’s Roots, now available on Kindle.

  5. zenlike says

    (as if there were something wrong with an “anti-colonial worldview” — every decent human being should be anti-colonial)

    Well, Dinesh D’Souza for one would not agree with that: his family did very well because of colonialism. Anti-colonialism changed that. Then of course, your are talking about decent human beings, so that rules dishonest Dinesh out…

  6. says

    From the Wolcott article:

    “I am saying that the cultural left and its allies in Congress, the media, Hollywood, the nonprofit sector [profiteers are always patriots, of course], and the universities are the primary cause of the volcano of anger toward America that is erupting from the Islamic world.”

    The only remotely “left” interest-group D’Sozzled leaves out, is the one group that actually DID go out of its way to help cause that “volcano of anger toward America:” the KGB. Vasily Mitrokhin admits in his “archive” books that Soviet propagandists spent decades stoking and capitalizing on hatred of Israel and America in the Muslim world — and this do-called “research scholar” missed that bit altogether? What a sleazy incompetent lying sack of shit! Calling his book a “stinking mackerel” is an insult to mackerels.

  7. zippythepinhead says

    “despite the fact that it made three times the amount of money at the box office than the 15 nominated films made, combined” — Is anyone supposed to take that seriously?

  8. Larry says

    Why would he want recognition from that evil, liberal, Hollywood elite? He opposes everything they stand for so winning an Oscar voted on by them would be like dust in the mouth. Any self-respecting conservative, whose film received a nomination from that filth, would throw it back in their face.

    Nope, be glad you were left out, Dinesh. You’ll sleep better.

  9. caseloweraz says

    James Wolcott: But D’Souza isn’t some low-grade, high-volume performance artist. He’s a research scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, which he thanks in the acknowledgments “for providing me with the institutional support to do my work.”

    So D’Souza has been institutionalized. Too bad it’s the Hoover Institution rather than, say, Bellevue.

  10. trucreep says

    “[Moore] makes films that are simultaneously entertaining and ridiculous and always cleverly marketed, making him something of the shrewd capitalist type he pretends to hate…”

    I’ll give him that though

  11. Reginald Selkirk says

    Too bad it’s the Hoover Institution rather than, say, Bellevue.

    Other than the lack of straightjackets. what’s the difference?

  12. says

    zippythepinhead ”despite the fact that it made three times the amount of money at the box office than the 15 nominated films made, combined’ — Is anyone supposed to take that seriously?”
    Well, it is a fact that the Academy virtually ignores the generally underserved conservative church basement market.

  13. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    as if there were something wrong with an “anti-colonial worldview” — every decent human being should be anti-colonial

    Hey, what have you got against ants, bees and prairie dogs among other creatures eh?

    Wouldn’t say no to humans setting up colonies on Mars or our Moon or elsewhere neither.

  14. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Whatever has happened to Mike Moore btw, a name I’ve not heard for a long time ..

  15. Michael Heath says

    Dinesh D’Souza writes:

    Of course, films aren’t nominated for Oscars for their popularity nor should they be, but for many years there has been a pattern of the Academy ignoring the work of those who don’t toe a liberal line in Hollywood in order to attempt to discredit, discourage and ultimately defund them.
    But back to Michael Moore who has become Hollywood’s apologist for the federal government and makes films that are simultaneously entertaining and ridiculous and always cleverly marketed, making him something of the shrewd capitalist type he pretends to hate: Intellectually, the films are a nullity.

    Consider Michael Moore’s incoherent, Capitalism: A Love Story. He had a budget of $20 million where the movie grossed only $17 million. If what D’Souza claims was true, this movie was made to order for Hollywood nominations and enormous positive buzz, and yet it was considered a flop relative to other documentaries who were nominated for awards that year.

    “Incoherent” because Moore’s primary position argued in the movie was the U.S. should supplant [regulated] capitalism for democracy. And no, he was incapable of reconciling the fish to the bicycle, he instead repeatedly whined he couldn’t but he thought ‘we the people’ [paraphrased] could still find a way.

    BTW, in general I’m a bit of fan of Moore’s though I also cringe at his overuse of polemics. I thought if you stripped such out of Fahrenheit 9/11 it would have been a non-idealogical masterpiece. Namely arguing there’s “peace in the valley” (Iraq) and noting the horrors of war for those who serve. He is becoming a local hero, and deservedly so; that’s for the movie festival he hosts in Traverse City every year in late-July. The festival has really helped Traverse City economically, well beyond the direct impact of the festival itself. That’s by helping the city better brand itself as a great destination spot (which it’s always been) and a liberal oasis in the North, analogous to what Ann Arbor, MI (home to the U. of MI) is for its region.

  16. matty1 says

    But back to Michael Moore who has become Hollywood’s apologist for the federal government

    I haven’t seen all his films but.

    Bowling for Columbine – critical of the federal government’s policy on gun control
    Farenheit 9/11- very critical of the federal government’s policy on terrorism and foreign policy
    Sicko – – critical of the federal government’s policy on healthcare (at the time)

    If that’s being an apologist I’d hate to see what he says about people he doesn’t like.

  17. felidae says

    It’s great fun to watch Christopher Hitchens mop the floor with D’Souza in thier debate which is available on YouTube

  18. dmcclean says

    D’Souza’s problem is that Obama won re-election in spite of his “popular” “documentary”. Now he will be president in 2016 and we will see how America compares to “2016: Obama’s America”. (Hint: The name of the country is the same, that’s about it.)

    At every interview he does about this he should be asked whether he stands by his “documentary” predictions, so there will be plenty of video to reveal his asshattery and he can’t backtrack on it and say he was “just asking questions”.

  19. lpetrich says

    As to being anti-colonial being something bad, I note that the American Revolutionary War was an anti-colonial war. So does Dinesh D’Souza love King George III?

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