Congratulations are in order for controversial conservative journalist Dinesh D’Souza who received sentencing today after being found guily a few months back of campaign finance violations. He will spend 8 months in something called a “community confinement center,” the New York Times reports, and will pay a $30,000 fine, but will avoid prison time.
D’Souza is perhaps best known of late for his work as a filmmaker. His “2016: Obama’s America,” released before the last election raised eyebrows with the suggestion that the president is carrying out an anti-colonialist agenda passed on to him by his deadbeat dad. More recently, he released “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” which pulled in over $14 million at the box office, and published a companion book which hit the number one spot on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. I bet the folks at the Gray Lady just loved that.
I saw “2016,” and found the rhetoric a bit overwrought for my taste, though D’Souza is correct in his fundamental assertion that we bear the burden of Obama’s bad ideas. I have seen “America: Imagine a World Without Her” yet, but Salon called it a “laughable embarassment,” which means that it is probably pretty good. I’ll have to put it on my Netflix queue.
D’Souza originally contended that he was politically targeted for his crimes, before ultimately pleading guilty. The claim of selective prosecution doesn’t seem too far off base, given that others skated on the same charges. But whether D’Souza was selectively prosecuted or not, one thing is certain. His relatively lenient sentence will make a bunch of far left nutters sad. D’Souza tweeted the other day that he was on the way to New York for sentencing, and while most responses were from decent human beings wishing him well, the exceptions were notable. I don’t know why I bother, but I got into Twitter arguments with several of these fine citizens, including one who wished for D’Souza’s death, and another who hoped that D’Souza’s prison stay was “as comfortable as a midlevel Middle Eastern hotel,” whatever that means. I checked, and Dubai has a Ramada, but I’m not sure if that’s more or less comfortable than a “community detention center.” For those wishing death upon a man they have never met over political differences, you need to get your priorities straight.