Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “Obama’s America: 2016” might be the year’s top-earning documentary, but that doesn’t mean the conservative filmmaker will let the media off the hook for ignoring his film.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter during the first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., D’Souza criticized MSNBC and other established media organizations for failing to talk about “Obama’s America” on-air.
“A lot of these guys have just become moral cowards,” D’Souza told THR. “Look at MSNBC. You could watch that channel and you wouldn’t even know we have a film out. You look at Lawrence O’Donnell, you look at Rachel Maddow, you look at Chris Matthews. I mean, look at those cowards, trying to pretend that there’s no film.”
He continued: “So, they’re just hoping that all of this will just go away, but it’s not going to. I would love to go on MSNBC and cross swords with those guys, but I just think they’re all hiding under their desks.”
“Obama’s America” follows D’Souza’s journey to Hawaii, Indonesia and Kenya in an attempt to learn how President Barack Obama’s early experiences shaped his current worldview and political ideology.
The film was originally release in a few hundred theaters, but quickly shot up the box office reports once it expanded its release. “Obama’s America” has grossed more than $6.2 million, and is expected to generate more revenue when it opens in additional theaters ahead of the Nov. 6 election.
D’Souza said New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd “is a little bit scared of what [the film’s] political implications are.”
The filmmaker especially slammed MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for being soft on Obama. Referring to a 2008 comment when Matthews said on-air that one of Obama’s speeches had left him with “this thrill going up my leg,” D’Souza told THR that he thought it was “abnormal behavior” for a supposedly unbiased reporter.
He also said that Matthews thinks he’s a “morally wonderful” person who “pats himself on the back” for supporting Obama.
D’Souza contended that, “Maybe he doesn’t like me. Maybe I don’t send a thrill up his leg.”