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Despite liberal smears, “2016” film’s earnings now surpass Moore’s “Roger & Me”

August 26, 2012

Michael Moore and Dinesh D’Souza

A friend pointed out this  great piece by Bert Atkinson Jr. in the Independent Journal Review, about “2016: Obama’s America,” a new documentary based on the work of author Dinesh D’Souza. I think it was this same friend who introduced the article in a Facebook post with something about the left trying as furiously as it could to spread the idea that the information in the film had been debunked. A quick Google search exhumed exhibits A and B. These scattershot smear attempts remind me of a political camp trying to depress the turnout of its candidate’s opponent (not that that might ever happen in this cycle).

Well, they’re going to have to work harder. “2016” currently sits at #17 on a list  of the all-time, top grossing documentaries. In comparison to another high-profile documentary, Michael Moore’s “Roger & Me”, “2016” has already made more money in a week than that film did during its entire, four-week run. This is incredibly ironic, considering the D’Souza quote Atkinson Jr. cites near the end of his IJR piece:

2016 Obama’s America detractors decry it as a slick infomercial heavy with conspiracy theories. But D’Souza says he made the film to motivate moviegoers to question what an Obama second term would look like, and credits liberal documentary maker Michael Moore for the structure of the film: “When he released Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004 ahead of the election, it sparked intense debate. I learned some lessons from Michael Moore, and hopefully he might learn some lessons from me about handling facts.”

I’ll be watching “2016” tomorrow. Like Justin over at JHPolitics, I’ve only read part of the book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage. I’m curious to see how D’Souza and his co-director put the pieces of it together visually.

Update: The film is at #17 all-time, not #16. I regret the error.

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