By Heather Ericson, EnStarz | Sep 04, 2012 03:19 PM EDT
"2016: Obama's America" co-producer Dinesh D'Souza has demanded an apology from newswire service AP (The Associated Press) for a fact check story on the box office hit. In an article published by The Wrap yesterday, D'Souza wrote: "Certainly it's possible to debate the issues raised in the film. If AP wanted to commission a review or op-ed article, that would be fine. But instead the news agency has published a crude and inaccurate attack masquerading as a news story. Evidently this fact-checking article required its own fact-checker. Perhaps AP can now regain some credibility in this matter by publishing an apology."
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The article in question was published last week with the title "Fact Check: 'Anti-Colonial' Obama Not Plausible.' Written by Beth Fouhy, the article was published by hundreds of news publications.
The public did not take well to the article, as they tweeted hate messages and sent hate mail to the writer. Fouhy had tweeted, "I've gotten more hate mail and tweets for my fact check on 2016: Obama's America than any story I've written."
D'Souza slams Fouhy's story in his article on The Wrap, saying: "First, it claims that I 'never mention the explosion of debt that occurred under Obama's predecessor, Republican George Bush.' This is simply false," he wrote. "The film quotes former Comptroller David Walker saying that the national debt exploded under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama." He continues: "The film shows a clear graphic depicting the actual debt increase under both presidents, so that the viewer can compare them. The simple truth is that Bush's largest annual deficits were below $500 billion and Obama's lowest annual deficit was above $1 trillion. So Bush was a big spender and Obama an even bigger spender. This is made crystal-clear in the film."
D'Souza also went on to rebuke the reporter for not even contacting him before the story was published. He wrote: "This was my first indication that something was deeply wrong with this article."
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