Enraged by “Rage”

I received the following from Dinesh D’Souza about an interview on The Roots of Obama’s Rage he did this past weekend with Newsweek‘s Jonathan Alter (http://www.booktv.org/Program/1197/After+Words+Dinesh+DSouza+The+Roots+of+Obamas+Rage+hosted+by+Jonathan+Alter.aspx):

If you want to see one of the liveliest, most aggressive interviews ever aired on C-Span Book TV, it
[aired Sunday] at 9 pm Eastern.

Jonathan Alter of Newsweek interviews (or rather relentlessly attacks) me for “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”

I believe you can also watch the program online. Since it first aired last night I have been swamped with emails
saying what a jerk Alter was. A number of these emails have also been sent to C-Span, and I’ll forward a few to you.

My book was also the subject of a petty, vindictive review in the Weekly Standard. That review is here.

The review basically ignores the evidence of the book and focuses on my alleged factual errors which aren’t errors at all.
For instance, if you Google “Obama and British Petroleum” there are a number of news articles, from the New York Times to the London Telegraph, that report Obama did say “British Petroleum.” The U.S. ambassador to Great Britain is quoted saying Obama did say it and has agreed not to say it any more. So while Obama didn’t use the phrase in his main speech he did use it in subsequent comments.

Ferguson also faults me for trying to fit Obama’s conventional liberal stances, such as “NASA’s budget cuts,” into an
anti-colonial framework. But I wrote nothing about NASA’s “budget cuts.” Rather, I focused on Obama’s order to change
the mission of NASA into an outreach program to Muslims. This can hardly be explained as conventional liberal politics
and is very nicely explained on anti-colonial grounds. Ferguson is simply distorting my argument to make it look silly.

I cannot recall a more dishonest review in recent times. Of course Rush Limbaugh, Beck and Gingrich have lavishly
praised the book. But Gingrich’s comment that this is the most insightful book on Obama he’s read in six years seems
to have rankled some on the right. What does this say about what they have been writing about Obama all this time?
The implication is that these scribblers have completely missed the boat! Here we may have a clue to the roots of
Ferguson’s rage.

Anyway, the book continues at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list this week. I am swamped with positive emails from people who say that finally they have a grip on where Obama is coming from. Clearly the book has helped a large number of people. There are 200,000 copies in print, making this my most successful book.

FYI, I served as a consultant and editor for this book.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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