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Right-Wing Unveils More Poorly Made Agit-Docs: Watch Out for D'Souza's "America"

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik March 18, 2013 at 10:22AM

At CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, NPR reports that there were more than 20 new right-wing documentaries on display, from "Hating Breitbart" to "FrackNation," as well as a trailer for author Dinesh D’Souza's follow-up to his right-wing agit-doc “2016: Obama’s America," simply called "America," which reportedly extols the virtues of American exceptionalism. But no matter how much money "2016; Obama's America" made, I contend that the film and its brethren have done little to change the quality of these films.
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At CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, NPR reports that there were more than 20 new right-wing documentaries on display, from "Hating Breitbart" to "FrackNation," as well as a trailer for author Dinesh D’Souza's follow-up to his right-wing agit-doc “2016: Obama’s America," simply called "America," which reportedly extols the virtues of American exceptionalism. But no matter how much money "2016; Obama's America" made, I contend that the film and its brethren have done little to change the quality of these films. 

They are poorly made and poorly reported, are obviously made with little attention to the art of the documentary form, but simply to preach to the converted.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, D’Souza has built the premise of his movie on the same kind of faulty logic that underlined his first film. “President Obama looks at America as an oppressive force, while I and millions of others around the world have a different view — that America has been a great blessing to its own people and to the world," he said. "We intend to provide both serious answers and have some fun as we take Obama’s dreams for America to their logical conclusions,” D’Souza said.

While the right-wing doc wave is obviously being embraced by its own, NPR reports that some CPAC attendees remain skeptical of these biased nonfiction offerings.

"Conservatives do a poor job of actually talking about the human element," said Mike Warse, a student from Colorado who watched pro-fracking documentary FrackNation.

"We've got economic arguments and statistics and all this other stuff that just isn't really helpful unless you can say, 'This is how what we believe makes somebody's life better,' " he told NPR.