Reuters Blogger: Boycott ‘America’

Andrew Breitbart famously said, “more voices, not less.”

Boycott America

3 Jul 2014, 1:17 PM PDT

Reuters blogger Jim Gaines says, essentially, “shut up.”

Gaines’ new Reuters column doesn’t just review the new docudrama America from the team behind 2016: Obama’s America. He implores readers not to see the film at all.

Gaines’ column kicks off with this headline: “To celebrate the Fourth of July, don’t go see this movie.” What follows is a clumsy assault on the arguments raised throughout the film. Nothing wrong with that. If Gaines wants to critique a film and miss so many of its points, be our guest.

That’s not his mission.

I wouldn’t ordinarily dignify such nonsense with a column, but America the movie exemplifies everything that’s wrong about the American political conversation these days, rich with examples from both left and right.

He bemoans the inclusion of hard partisans like Ward Churchill, but the bulk of the film isn’t dedicated to them. The column is far more interested in debunking the conservative arguments on display. Continue reading at

Update: America producer, Oscar-winner Gerald Molen, responds to Gaines’ column:

I’m used to having my movies critiqued, but to have a reporter actually tell people not to attend a movie is a first. This is the movie world’s version of voter suppression efforts in politics. Shameful. But most American’s don’t like to be told what to do by elite journalists and I have faith that it will only motivate Americans to go to their local theater.

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