In an exclusive interview with TheBlaze, conservative author and commentator Dinesh D’Souza spoke about the odd influence leftist filmmaker Micheal Moore had on D'Souza's remarkably successful movie hitting national box offices this weekend. As TheBlaze previously reported, “2016: Obama’s America” began playing in 1,090 North American theaters on Friday and opened No. 1 at the domestic box office.
TheBlaze asked D'Souza about his influences for the film and we were surprised to hear that Moore, perhaps the most left-wing filmmaker of our time, was one of them.
D’Souza, who based the documentary off his best-selling 2010 book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” said he considered Moore’s successful marketing of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” the documentary the George W. Bush administration.
“Michael Moore made Fahrenheit 9/11 and he dropped it in the middle of the national debate,” D’Souza told TheBlaze, noting that the country was very torn at the time over a controversial president. “So look, the conditions look very similar, except we have a Democratic president, Obama, very controversial."
But that is where the similarities seem to end for D'Souza.
"Moore's film had no new information about Bush, it was essentially antics," D’Souza said. "It was fast and loose with the facts. The intellectual content of the film was a nullity."
D’Souza insisted his film is much more stable and revealing since it "is entirely anchored in fact." He noted that even though the films were made under similar conditions, Moore's was only intended to be "a rally cry for the left." D’Souza said he has bigger things in mind.
The author is targeting undecided voters with his film, and given its success he may be reaching them.
"Our film has much more of an ability to reach to the middle," the author noted, and to "sow real seeds of doubt" for all voters.
TheBlaze's attempts to contact Michael Moore for comment were not immediately returned.