Convicted felon and right-wing activist, Dinesh D’Souza posted a doctored image of a young Hillary Clinton posing in front of a Confederate flag to his Twitter and Facebook accounts on July 7th. D’Souza captioned the photo with the rhetorical question:
Look closely at this Hillary photo; isn’t that a Confederate flag behind her on the bookshelf?
The problem for D’Souza, of course is that the Confederate flag was photoshopped into the picture of Hillary Clinton. The 1960s era image of Clinton taken while she was student at Wellesley College is part of a gettyimages collection online. However, in the original photo there is no Confederate flag on the bookshelf behind her. The flag was apparently photoshopped into the image that D’Souza circulated through his social media accounts.
It is unclear whether D’Souza knew the image was altered, or if he is simply a useful idiot who was unwittingly duped by the fake picture. Either way it damages what little credibility D’Souza might have had left.
D’Souza’s film 2016: Obama’s America was splattered chock full of falsehoods about the president, so it certainly wouldn’t be beneath D’Souza to knowingly spread lies about Hillary Clinton. However, it is equally possible that D’Souza could just simply be so lacking in discernment that he will believe anything that supports his jaundiced view of Democrats, without verifying the information first.
Despite the fact that Dinesh D’souza is a convicted felon and a serial liar, he is still something of a folk hero on the far right, because of his strident criticisms of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. To his followers, whether or not his attacks against Democratic political leaders are accurate or not is largely irrelevant. They, like him, will choose to believe whatever they want to believe as long as it casts their political adversaries as enemies or villains. D’Souza is a frequent guest on CNN and FOX, where he is given a forum to mangle facts and push his partisan agenda.
However, by circulating a doctored photo of Hillary Clinton, Dinesh D’Souza has merely confirmed what was already obvious to all but the cable news networks and his most ardent right-wing supporters. Dinesh D’Souza lacks intellectual honesty and critical discernment, and he doesn’t have an ounce of integrity.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.