The Washington Times - August 30, 2013, 09:24PM

Yes, it’s a matter of Moore - and less of Moore.

Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, one of the driving forces behind last year’s surprise blockbuster documentary “2016: Obama’s America”, has some news. He reveals that earlier this summer, the film’s esteemed producer Gerald Molen protested the treatment of the production by the Academy Awards nomination committee, which denied it an Oscar nomination, though it was one of the highest grossing political documentaries of all time.

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Mr. Molen, who won a best picture Oscar himself for “Schindler’s List”, pointed out to the committee that the nominations board was “led by three well-known progressives, notably that uber-liberal, Michael Moore,” Mr. D’Souza writes at his personal website.

“I was most gratified to learn that in their recent elections, academy voters decided to oust Moore from his position as a decider of which documentaries should make the cut for Oscar contention. This is a great victory for the American people and the first glimmer of hope that future academy voting will look less like a North Korean election,” the author concludes.

As for Mr. Molen, he congratulated the Academy for restoring fairness to the voting process. “Foxes shouldn’t guard hen houses and Michael Moore shouldn’t have been in charge of the documentary nominating process at the Academy,” the producer advised his Hollywood peers.

Mssrs. D’Souza and Molen have another film production underway, meanwhile. Simply titled “America”, it will be released on July 4, 2014 - and is meant to set people thinking of what the world would be like if America, the nation, had never existed.

“To paraphrase George Bailey in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, the question all people should ask from time to time is what would the world look like if America never was - and that’s a question I often ask myself,” Mr. D’Souza explains.

“President Obama looks at America as an oppressive force, both against its own citizens and abroad, while I and millions of others around the world have a different view: that America has been a great blessing to its own people and to the world. We intend to provide both serious answers and have some fun as we take Obama’s dreams for America to their logical and conclusions,” he observes.