“2016: Obama’s America” has been the blockbuster of the summer, well, as far as documentaries go. It has become the second highest grossing political documentary in US Box Office history, bringing in $32 Million domestically.
Now, the people behind the film are saying that two factors are causing the theater draws to dwindle: online piracy, and a disinformation attack that alleged Fox News would be showing the film. The filmmakers are also claiming that this attack has been coordinated by supporters of Barack Obama.
Online piracy was the first wave of attack. After a pirated version of the movie found its way onto YouTube, Randy Slaughter, president of the film’s distributor, Rocky Mountain Pictures, said “Starting Saturday morning, I started getting e-mails from groups and individuals either warning me about the piracy of 2016: Obama’s America or thanking me for allowing the movie to go online.”
John Sullivan, who co-wrote and co-directed the movie with Dinesh D’Souza, stated, “We take this issue very seriously and are in contact with the FBI to investigate the parties that placed this on the Internet.”
The second wave of attack was the disinformation campaign, which stirred rumors that Fox News would be airing the film on its network.
One website that had posts related to Fox News airing the film, SmartGirlPolitics.com, issued an apology – via the site’s president, Stacy Mott - for being a source for disinformation.
“Last night we were made aware that someone posted an erroneous blog post on our user blogs regarding the movie 2016 being shown on Fox News. It was immediately taken down, but unfortunately, a handful of people had already responded to it through Twitter. This was not, in any way, something posted by Smart Girl Politics or any member of our team.”
D’Souza, himself, stated that, “the reports of the movie appearing on Fox before the election are completely untrue, and we strongly suspect that they are the result of dirty tricks by our opponents who spread this rumor in order to confuse the general public and keep them from going to their local theaters.”
A spokesman for Fox News confirmed that they have no intention of showing the film movie. Also, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has stated that the movie will be released on DVD on October 16th, and will be available on pay-per-view (aka On-Demand) on October 12th.