Debra J. Saunders

Why wasn't Davis more of an issue during the 2008 campaign? Slate's David Weigel recently wrote, "Davis was an avowed Communist, and the media of 2008 didn't care."

"There's been a veil placed over him," producer Jerry Molen told me. Why did the Oscar-winning producer of "Rain Man" and "Schindler's List" make a movie that's critical of Obama? He told me he got angry over the lack of transparency in the administration's handling of the Affordable Care Act. And he's angry at what he sees as the media's failure to adequately vet Obama in 2008 or hold Obama to the same standards reserved for GOP hopefuls.

"I'm a bit disappointed in the mainstream media," Molen said. "They've fallen down on their job, or they have an agenda."

"2016" packages failed promises by the administration -- and that's why California delegates were so enthusiastic about the film. Delegate Jan Goldsmith, the San Diego city attorney, saw the film and was satisfied.

"I'm glad to see that this information is getting out," he told me.

Other delegates saw the documentary as balancing the scales. Walker agrees. He told me that though he thinks the "anti-colonialist" emphasis was too personal, he appreciates that the film is not "a birther kind of thing." D'Souza does care about facts. "2016" flatly stipulates that Obama was born in a Hawaii hospital.

Otherwise, Walker found the documentary to be "thought-provoking" and "educational. And quite frankly, we don't have enough of this."

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