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Dinesh D'Souza's paranoid nightmare: Everything is a vast conspiracy against him

Dinesh D'Souza has legal troubles, Costco's pulling his books, Google's hiding his movie. He shall not be silenced!


Jim Newell
July 9, 2014 9:44PM (UTC)

The vast forces of the universe and the United States government and the powers that be have arrayed themselves against one man, one prodigy, who could obliterate their regime of smoke, mirrors and lies: Dinesh D'Souza, the former Reagan era policy adviser and hot-ticket conservative intellectual who, more recently, has become a hand-waving, fear-mongering fake-tree salesman, and criminal.

He is, in other words, the right's Job. But the longer he suffers, the more selectively he's prosecuted, the more his art is censored, the stronger he becomes!

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D'Souza's terrible year, like all years, began in January, when federal prosecutors indicted D'Souza for violating campaign finance law. He was charged with steering $20,000 worth of straw donations to his old Dartmouth chum Wendy Long in her failed bid for the U.S. Senate in New York. D'Souza's lawyer argued that the prosecution was "politically motivated ... because of [D'Souza's] outspoken, vigorous and politically controversial criticism and condemnation" of the Obama administration. Indeed, in 2012, D'Souza released a funny/awful film titled "2016: Obama's America," that we're sure the White House really gave a shit about and decided its auteur needed to be silenced after Obama had already won his final election. Besides, the swift Chicago-style punishment machine sure didn't make up the part about how D'Souza broke the law in the first place. He pleaded guilty in May, telling the judge, "I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids. I deeply regret my conduct." Sentencing awaits.

But before he's sent off to the pokey, D'Souza has a lot of dough to make this summer. He's doing the whole book/movie joint package thing, just as he did in 2012, when his book "Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream" jumped atop the New York Times bestseller list. (Again, conservatives' dream of dreams is earning this liberal New York Times' certification of popularity.) And yet, after the book's June 2 release, it took weeks to hit the NYT list. (It will hit No. 17 on the July 13 list). Late last month, D'Souza claimed that the NYT "rigs" the list at the behest of the Obama administration:

“They are part of the propaganda arm of the Obama administration,” D'Souza told Secrets from Philadelphia, where his book and movie bus tour had stopped before traveling to Washington on Friday. His Obama's America was a Times No. 1 best-seller.

“It’s their newspaper, and they have a right to rig their list anyway they want, but if they are doing it, people should know,” he said.

The assault on D'Souza's book hasn't stopped there. Costco has reportedly stopped buying copies of "America" (the book) for its shelves. This is quite clearly another attempt to suppress the vast amount of completely true and verifiable information contained within each and every volume. Costco has told World Net Daily that it has nothing to do with the book's politics (lies), just that "it wasn't meeting the necessarily [sales] thresholds." Now that it's about to join the NYT bestseller list, Costco could always and probably will restock it. But you never know with these tricky libs.

The book's suddenly surging sales -- right now the No. 3 bestseller on Amazon.com -- coincide with the July 2 release of D'Souza's latest film, "America." The movie debuted in 1,105 theaters over Fourth of July weekend, but only made about $2.7 million over the Friday-Sunday period, less than the $6.5 million that "2016: Obama's America" made in its opening weekend in 2012.

The problem here is not that people a) don't care about his movie or b) do care but had other things to do over the Fourth of July. These are things that the left-wing liberal left would want you to believe. The problem, instead, is Google. See, it was Google that made Dinesh D'Souza pick a movie title so generic as "America" and thus cause all sorts of supposed SEO chaos. From the Hollywood Reporter:

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Lawyers representing Dinesh D’Souza’s newest film, America, have fired off a letter to Google demanding that the search engine correct problems that they say are hampering the ability of consumers to figure out where the movie is playing.

The letter claims that Google has been confusing America with 2016: Obama’s America, which was D’Souza’s first movie and has been out of theaters for two years, while Lionsgate released America on July 2 and it is currently playing in about 1,100 theaters nationwide.

Google, according to the letter, has been "misdirecting many users who mistakenly believed the film was not playing in theaters. We understand this was brought to your attention for correction five days ago, yet the problem persists."

Again, clearly intentional misdirection from the liberal Google, a Democrat company. It has been five days since the complaint was brought, and yet still, when you search "America" in Google, it doesn't automatically buy you tickets to the latest shitty Dinesh D'Souza film. Is there any rational explanation for this except sabotage?

Hold strong, Dinesh. Soon.


Jim Newell

Jim Newell covers politics and media for Salon.

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