By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Beth Fouhy of the Associated Press (AP) has reviewed Dinesh D’Souza’s popular conservative film, “2016: Obama’s America,” attacking its central claim that Obama’s alleged philosophy of anti-colonialism stems from the influence of the Kenyan Obama who was mostly absent from the President’s life.
The AP is one of the most influential news organizations in the world. Her article is running in literally hundreds of papers here and abroad and conveys the impression that D’Souza, a popular conservative author and scholar, and president of a Christian college, is deliberately misleading the public and distorting the facts about Obama’s background and history.
However, Fouhy completely ignores the part of the film that features an interview with Professor Paul Kengor, an accomplished author who discusses Obama’s mentor in Hawaii, Communist Party member and writer Frank Marshall Davis. This is the relationship that the media continue to regard as taboo. The failure to talk truthfully about Davis, identified merely as “Frank” in Obama’s memoir, constitutes one of the most important and insidious cover-ups in presidential history.
Exhibiting her service to the Obama campaign, Fouhy doesn’t want to blow the lid off this scandal and clearly prefers that the cover-up continue. Her movie “review,” as such, appears to be designed to warn people not to take any critics of Obama seriously when they raise questions about his foreign connections.
However, she knows that the truth is available because it was in the film that she supposedly saw. She cannot refute it. Obama was heavily influenced by a member of a Communist Party controlled and funded by Moscow. Frank Marshall Davis was even a supporter of mass murderer Joseph Stalin.
As AIM has documented, D’Souza in his film and book claims that “anti-colonialism” is behind Obama’s beliefs and policies. But anti-colonialism was a tactic of the international communist movement, which attempted to create the Soviet Union’s own colonial empire.
AIM has argued that Obama’s Marxist connection is far more newsworthy and significant than whatever “anti-colonial” views he may have had. Communist parties that engage in subversion and espionage against the United States, and use agents of influence to manipulate U.S. policy, still exist and operate against the United States, sometimes in collaboration with Islamist movements.
A communist writer by the name of Frank Chapman once referred to Obama himself as a revolutionary mole, while Marxist historian Gerald Horne spoke of Obama being influenced by Frank Marshall Davis during an event at the Tamiment Library in New York where the archives of the Communist Party were put on display. These remarks were delivered on March 23, 2007, and published on April 6, 2007—more than five years ago.
Fouhy, an AP political reporter covering the 2012 presidential campaign, has written her review, “Fact Check: ‘Anti-colonial’ Obama not plausible,” in a way that suggests she has ascertained the ultimate truth about the film and Obama. This is laughable. She blatantly ignores the facts about Davis mentioned in the film.
Focusing on the movie’s faulty claims of Obama’s anti-colonialism, Fouhy writes, “…it’s difficult to see how Obama’s political leanings could have been so directly shaped by his father, as D’Souza claims. The elder Obama left his wife and young son, the future president, when Obama was 2 and visited his son only once, when Obama was 10. But D’Souza portrays that loss as an event that reinforced rather than weakened the president’s ties to his father, who died in an automobile accident when Obama was in college.”
She is correct that there is no hard evidence the Kenyan, who may not in fact have been Obama’s real father, had any significant influence over Obama.
However, Fouhy ignores the fact that D’Souza attempts to make up for this deficiency in his film by including the interview with Cold War historian Paul Kengor, who had access to Davis’s 600-page FBI file and his writings for Communist Party papers. His new book is THE COMMUNIST Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor. Davis guided Obama’s thinking for about eight years in Hawaii, before Obama went off to Occidental College. Obama’s classmate John Drew says Obama was a Marxist at that time.
Kengor makes the well-documented assertion that it was Davis who most heavily influenced Obama as he was growing up in Hawaii. The interview with Kengor in the D’Souza film, which is showing in hundreds of theaters, gets on the record many of the long-neglected facts about Obama’s relationship with a communist.
While D’Souza’s film is flawed in terms of the anti-colonialism angle, Fouhy’s strange omission of the Davis matter makes her review even more questionable. D’Souza at least included the Kengor interview, which seems to represent his awareness that there is an alternative view of how Obama turned out that is more consistent with the facts as we have come to know and appreciate them.
The Fouhy review is the latest in a series of examples of how the major media have refused to address the facts, known by them for more than four years, about how Obama was influenced by a key member of the Communist Party member in Hawaii, and how Obama and his campaign tried to cover it up.
Four years ago, AP ran a story about Davis without mentioning the smoking-gun evidence that Davis was a Communist Party member. AP then called Davis a “left-leaning black journalist and poet” known for “leftist politics” and someone who might be accused by some of having “allegedly anti-American views.”
Fouhy could have set the record straight, by citing the Kengor interview in the D’Souza film, and she could have written about the 600-page FBI file on Davis. But she decided not to. Perhaps she realized that the facts about Davis and Obama are not in dispute and that her best approach was simply to ignore them. This is not real “fact-checking,” but dishonest journalism designed to guarantee a second term for Obama.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.