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Primetime Propaganda : The True Hollywood Story of the How the Left Took over Your TV
by Ben Shapiro

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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 expose, readers will never watch television the same way again.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061934773
  • ISBN-10: 0061934771
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
  • Publish Date: May 2011
  • Page Count: 394


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-04-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Shapiro, in Brainwashed, lashed into leftists indoctrinating university students. He found social liberalism corrupting the culture in Porn Generation, and in Project President he described candidates sold like products. Now he probes "the overwhelming leftism of American television." Watching oral sex discussed on Sex and the City, a pregnant lesbian on Friends,7 and the legalization of gay marriage on The Simpsons, Shapiro realized, "These weren't just television episodes—they were pieces of small-scale, insidiously brilliant leftist propaganda." Liberal politics have pervaded the entertainment field to such a degree, he determined, that it could not be coincidental. Instead, he views it as a concerted effort, consciously planned by industry liberals to convert Americans to their cause. To make his case, he looks back over the entirety of broadcasting history, beginning with early radio, when NBC's David Sarnoff and CBS founder William S. Paley ruled. Critical analyses surface as he traces liberal leanings through the decades. Research included interviews with creators and writers, including Leonard Stern (The Honeymooners), Larry Gelbert (M*A*S*H), Susan Harris (Soap), George Schlatter (Laugh-In) and Peter Mehlman (Seinfeld). Conclusion: "When Hollywood liberals talk about reflecting reality, what they really mean is that they make shows that reflect their values." Even readers who disagree with Shapiro will find this book succeeds in making them pay attention to the men behind the curtain. (June)

 
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