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Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV Hardcover – May 31, 2011
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From the Back Cover
The inside story of how the most powerful medium of mass communication in human history has become a propaganda tool for the Left
Primetime Propaganda is the story—told in their own words—of how television has been used over the past sixty years by Hollywood writers, producers, actors, and executives to promote their liberal ideals, to push the envelope on social and political issues, and to shape America in their own leftistimage.
In this thoroughly researched and detailed history of the television industry, conservative columnist and author Ben Shapiro argues that left-leaning entertainment kingpins in Los Angeles and New York have leveraged—and continue to use—their positions and power to push liberal messages and promote the Democratic Party while actively discriminating against their opponents on the right. According to Shapiro, television isn't just about entertainment—it's an attempt to convince Americans that the social, economic, and foreign policy shaped by leftism is morally righteous.
But don't take his word for it. Shapiro interviewed more than one hundred of the industry's biggest players, including Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), Fred Silverman (former president of ABC Entertainment, NBC, and vice president of programming at CBS), Marta Kauffman (Friends), David Shore (House), and Mark Burnett (Survivor). Many of these insiders boast that not only is Hollywood biased against conservatives, but that many of the shows being broadcast have secret political messages. With this groundbreaking exposé, readers will never watch television the same way again.
About the Author
Ben Shapiro is author of the national bestsellers Brainwashed, Porn Generation, and Project President. He hosts The Ben Shapiro Show in Orlando, Florida.
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I have always said that TV and the entertainment industry in general including Hollywood are what I have called “the great Left wing propaganda machine” in which people and events are often portrayed as being the opposite to what they really are. Good and hard working middle class people who live by decent Conservative principles and who prosper as a result of their endeavours through the jealousy of Liberal thought are usually portrayed as being heartless and ruthless ogres who are enemies of society. On the other hand lower and baser types who as a result of leading a footloose and degraded lifestyle occupy the lower levels of society are portrayed as victims and are elevated to near sainthood. In this meticulously detailed and researched book Ben Shapiro calls on his own empirical experience in Hollywood when as a Conservative film script writer he was informed by his agent that, “Your political views will make it impossible for you to get a job in this town”. He was also told that he will be excluded from Hollywood social circles and Hollywood is a very “social” town. He informs us that, “The book makes a case that Hollywood content isn’t merely or accidentally leftist, but is consciously designed by liberal creators and executives to convert Americans to their political cause” and that this was designed to “....set America sliding down the slippery slope away from its Judeo-Christian heritage....”. As far back as 1944 the Conservative film legend Robert Taylor helped to form the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals due to his alarm concerning the Liberal Communist activities of certain actors in the Screen Actor’s Guild and he warned that there were some very “un-American” films being made in Hollywood. He also appeared as a witness before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Walt Disney was a Conservative Republican and was an associate of Joseph McCarthy and worked with J. Edgar Hoover as a secret informant for the FBI against Liberal Communists in Hollywood. Actress Bo Derik has said that, “Actors in Hollywood are ostracised and denied work if they openly support the Republican Party”. Because she is a Conservative and supports the Republican Party she was told in the year 2000 that she will never work again in Hollywood. She also said that Liberals in Hollywood often became violent and nasty when they discover that you are a Conservative. From its very inception Liberal Communism set out to gain total control and ownership of the print and electronic media and entertainment industries in order to constantly saturate our minds and those of our families with a steady and uninterrupted flow of Liberal propaganda and Ben Shapiro tells his readers that, “You’ve been targeted by generations of television creators and programmers for political conversion. You’ll find out that the box in your living room has been invading your mind, subtly shaping your opinions, pushing you to certain sociopolitical conclusions for years”. These select few who run the media get into your living room through your TV for year upon year and they saturate your home and family with Liberal ideas until they become a constant and total part of your very existence and as Ben Shapiro tells us in this excellent book this situation must be improved.
Timothy M. Clifton.
as well. The subject matter is frightening in that it shows how television's power over viewers is abused.