Media figures across the board have endorsed right-wing author Dinesh D'Souza's latest film, America: Imagine a World Without Her, despite the fact that the film is based on a book with extreme, racist rhetoric. Here are five media figures who have given D'Souza's works their stamp of approval.
D'Souza Releases New Film/Book America: Imagine The World Without Her
D'Souza's America: Imagine A World Without Her Released. On July 4, Dinesh D'Souza released his film America: Imagine a World Without Her, a companion film to his book of the same title released on June 2. According to the film's website, America attempts to uncover what it deems as false narratives on the history of the United States such as "the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor" which distract from "the essential goodness of America" (emphasis added):
Someone once observed: "America is great because she is good; if she ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great. "Today that notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history--from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their "fair share".
Our founding fathers warned us that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. America stands at a crossroads, and the way we understand our past will determine our future. America the movie takes 21st-century Americans into the future by first visiting our past. [Americathemovie.com, Accessed 7/7/14]
D'Souza's Book Claims African Americans Are Better Off Thanks To Slavery
D'Souza: Black People "Better Off As A Consequence" Of Slavery. In his book America: Imagine a World Without Her, D'Souza discussed the subject of reparations and argued that descendants of slaves are actually "better off as a consequence" of slavery (emphasis added):
Does America owe blacks now living reparations on account of slavery? No more than it owes reparations to the descendants of whites who died in the Civil War. I don't mean this in the callous way of suggesting that what's done is done. Rather, I mean that there is an enormous debt owed to the Northern men who died in the Civil War. But those heroes are dead, and their descendants are scattered. What is owed is more than money can pay; we discharge our debt by honoring and remembering. Similarly there is a debt owed to slaves whose labor was wrongly taken from them. That debt too is best discharged through memory, because the slaves are dead and their descendants - this will be a hard pill for progressives to swallow -- are better off as a consequence of their ancestors being hauled from Africa to America. [America: Imagine a World Without Her, 6/2/14, accessed via Kindle]
These Five Media Figures Still Endorsed His Book's Companion Film
ABC's Martha Raddatz: "Everybody Should Go See It." After D'Souza appeared on ABC's This Week on July 6 to promote his new filmand book, host Martha Raddatz told viewers, "It's a very interesting movie. Everybody should go see it." [ABC, This Week, 7/6/14]
Fox's Megyn Kelly: "This Is A Fascinating Film." On the July 1 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly hosted D'Souza to promote his new movie. Kelly declared that America was "a fascinating film." Later in the week, Kelly devoted a whole show to promoting the film and book in a Fox News special called America: A Kelly File Special. [FoxNews.com, 7/3/14; TV by the Numbers,7/4/14]
Fox's Andrea Tantaros: "Kids Should Watch This So They're Armed With The Facts." On the July 7 edition of Fox News' The Five, the co-hosts praised D'Souza's America. Co-host Andrea Tantaros championed the movie for "factually lay[ing] out what actually happened" in American history, adding that "kids should be watching this so they're armed with the facts when they go off to college." [Fox News, The Five, 7/7/14]
Sean Hannity: America Will Be A "Big Hit". During the July 1 edition of The Sean Hannity Show, Dinesh D'Souza promoted what he called his "patriotic film, perfect for the family," while host Sean Hannity applauded the film, deeming it a "big hit" [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 7/1/14]
Rush Limbaugh Tells Listeners They'll Be "Inspired By" The Film. On the July 1 edition of his radio show, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh compared D'Souza's film to the film "It's a Wonderful Life," telling viewers that they will "be inspired by it." [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 7/1/14]