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This review is from: Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV (Hardcover)
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Ben Shapiro's book is exactly what it says it is: a muckraker exposing Hollywood's extreme liberal bias in its entertainment programming. Mr. Shapiro also exposes the intent of this left wing bias is to change American public opinion to its political point of view.
The best proof of the premise of Primetime Propaganda is the numerous biographical sketches of the writers and producers of the hit programs profiled in the book. This is followed up by direct quotes from interviews the author had with these same people. The book does prove that the bias is real and it has had its intended effect of changing America's political landscape.
My only negative comment is Mr. Shapiro pours on the proof to the point of boredom. Bio after bio, quote after quote, and statement after statement is provided by the author to show that there is no doubt that his premise is proven. He even goes into depth on shows that I had, prior to reading this book, thought were non-political programs, such as, Happy Days, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Three's Company, et al.
Primetime Propaganda also displays the viciousness of the liberal elite running Hollywood. The story of Michael Moriarty, the former star of Law and Order is sickening. He lost his job because he openly opposed attempts by Janet Reno to control primetime programming. Such things happen in America, and everywhere else no doubt, but they should not. Liberal viciousness is nonpareil and Mr. Shapiro proves it.
Now for my confession, I agree with everything the book says. Every word. As you may suspect I am a conservative from a rural area of the nation. I am so conservative that I think Dancing With The Stars should be forced to put clothing on its women. Any conservative will enjoy the book, but liberals will probably burn it at one of their midnight meetings.
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Initial post: May 24, 2011 10:04:21 AM PDT
Thomas Pynchon says:
So does he include an interview with Rupert Murdoch?
In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2011 8:48:08 AM PDT
You mean does he interview Rupert Murdoch whose network produces the show that has gotten the biggest ratings in TV history, American Idol, where the viewers get to vote on what they like? Voting? Democracy? What astonishing concepts in the Hollywood Gulag!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2011 7:02:22 PM PDT
Dale Howell says:
I don't think anybody considers reality shows to be agitprop.
Posted on Jun 22, 2011 7:26:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2011 7:44:10 PM PDT
Douglas B. Moran says:
You need to be more skeptical of what you read, especially with a writer who as openly partisan as the author here. For example, a quick Web search will find an alternate explanation for Moriarty's firing ("erratic behavior") plus statements and writings by Moriarty that give support to such an explanation.
Disclosure: I gave this book a 1-star rating because of repeated credibility problems.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2011 6:42:37 AM PDT
Ms. Mess says:
Openly partisan or not-facts, are facts!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2011 8:24:25 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
It's all in the editing and editorializing.
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 10:36:41 PM PDT
Spring Wilde says:
You think "Dancing with the Stars' " women should wear more clothes? This is part of the art, you don't like it, don't watch the show. I wished these women were all short and fat, but that's because I'm envious. Your sentiment about this has nothing to do with conservative, but more with too much preservative in food. I'm a conservative and the folks on Dancing are fabulous.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2011 3:35:29 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 22, 2011 1:17:51 AM PDT
What a great review!
Posted on Oct 13, 2011 4:02:40 PM PDT
I haven't been to any midnight meetings, liberal or otherwise. But I also don't have a television (or write for it).
As for the reviewer's creds, I have to ask: Carson City is in a "rural area of the nation"? It's a state capital, and it's on the east end of the Lake Tahoe exurb.
Funny culture we live in. Maybe rather than griping about television, Americans should avoid watching it.