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    Best post-script ever

    Best post-script ever

    Stanley Fish in The New York Times prints Dinesh D’Souza’s responses to reader criticisms of the film 2016: Obama’s America.  (My review here.)

    It is an excellent read, as D’Souza eviscerates the criticisms in a very methodical and polite way.

    But what I loved the most was the post-script after Fish explained how he had come under criticism for being friendly with D’Souza (italics in original, bold by me):

    S.F.: Finally a question more for me than you. I was chastised repeatedly for having you as a friend, for breaking bread with you (as I am about to do again), and for giving your “crackpot” arguments the time of day. One reader hoped that my criticism of the movie  (which he thought too mild) might end a friendship that brought discredit to me. The idea is that you should choose your friends or spouses or partner by applying a political litmus test. Have the right (in this case, left) views and you can be my friend. It doesn’t work that way in the world — witness Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch,  Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston,  James Carville and Mary Matalin,  Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia — and, if I can borrow from one of my own titles, it’s a good thing, too. Let’s eat.

    (Postscript: Our entry into the restaurant, in the heart of Greenwich Village, was delayed when people on the street recognized D’Souza  and asked if he would pose for a picture with them.)

    There’s something to that film which has touched a nerve, and not in a way liberals think.

    When Dinesh D’Souza is stopped by passersby for a photograph in Greenwich Village, the skies are not as clear as they seem for Obama.


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    Ragspierre | September 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

    “I welcome Obama’s critique of the film. He has probably figured out that he cannot ignore it any longer. Obama’s response is a characteristic mix of name calling and false allegations. Some of the claims he makes refer to things that are not even in the film. Elsewhere Obama just gets it wrong.”

    Sometimes, consistency is NOT a virtue.

    You’d think that the smartest president evah could mount a supremely Churchillian, mordant critique in his own defense, but…not so much.

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall | September 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Today’s Greenwich Village ain’t the exclusive hub for beatniks and bohemians as it may have been when Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Dylan were trying to scrape by there.

    Today, it’s as much a tourist trap as anything else. For sure, those who LIVE in the Village are predominantly left wing. But lots of the tourists who visit may not be.

    I’d be more willing to draw a conclusion if I knew the person seeking to have his picture taken was not a visiting tourist.

    radiofreeca | September 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I recall reading an article written by an Italian (I think) in the early 60s who predicted that throughout the West, the next generation of the elite would be utterly hostile to the ideas of Democracy, Liberty and Free Speech, and they would turn to any and all movements hostile to those ideas. As I look at the statements of people in the NYT, Berkeley, Stockholm, Berlin, I think he was onto something.

    These people are really hostile to what they say are their ideals…

    Or as Devo said on their song “Freedom of Choice”

    “freedom of choice
    is what you got
    freedom of choice!

    then if you got it you don’t want it
    seems to be the rule of thumb

    freedom of choice
    is what you got
    freedom from choice
    is what you want”

    LukeHandCool | September 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Dinesh got roundly criticized, even by conservatives for one of his books a few years back (I didn’t read it).

    He is very articulate and has made a great comeback.

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