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Hollywood Hates Conservatives


Discrimination is not a pleasant accusation to level at anyone. In particular, conservatives have a tough time stomaching such allegations — we tend to think that for the most part, people treat each other rationally. After all, that assumption is the foundation of laissez-faire economics, which states that the market will ruthlessly weed out all those who practice non-rationality-based decision-making.

Sometimes, however, discrimination is very real. And in today's America, Hollywood is its epicenter.

There's a reason the product produced by the television industry is overwhelmingly biased to the left: Hollywood generally won't let anybody to the right get a job. As I show in my new book, "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How The Left Took Over Your TV," Tinseltown is populated almost entirely by liberals who are motivated to use your television to propagandize on behalf of their favorite political causes. No matter what you watch — "Sesame Street" or "Glee," "Sex and the City" or "Friends" — television's creators are using your entertainment choices to proselytize you.

If conservatives get in the way — and they always do — the left simply cuts them out of the loop.

Just last week, Patricia Heaton, star of "The Middle" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," announced that she knows "for a fact there are some people who have said they wouldn't want to work with [me] because of [my] politics." Heaton told me the same thing a few months back when I interviewed her for "Primetime Propaganda" — only at the time, she asked me to remove her from the book because she was afraid of losing work. Kelsey Grammer of "Cheers" and "Frasier" agrees that discrimination is a habit in liberal Hollywood. So do Dwight Schultz ("The A-Team"), Gary Graham ("Star Trek: Enterprise"), Evan Sayet (formerly a writer for Bill Maher), Andrew Klavan (author of "True Crime"), Lionel Chetwynd ("The Hanoi Hilton"), Michael Moriarty ("Law & Order"), and dozens of others with whom I spoke.

What's more, Hollywood's top non-conservative names admitted to me that such discrimination takes place on a regular basis.

The producer of "Chicago Hope" and "Picket Fences," Michael Nankin, justified discrimination by stating that "scripted television is very liberal ... that's the personality that you need to succeed in that business." Allan Burns, co-creator of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," talked down to conservatives, explaining that artists are "the intellectual community, that's why [they're liberal]." David Shore, creator of "House," admitted that Hollywood was overwhelmingly leftist, and that discrimination happened on a regular basis: "I think people look at [conservatives] somewhat aghast, and I'm sure it doesn't help them," he said. Top executives admitted it. Top producers admitted it. Top writers admitted it.

Some even celebrated it.

Vin Di Bona, producer of "MacGyver" and "America's Funniest Home Videos," told me that the widespread perception of anti-conservative bias in Hollywood was "probably accurate and I'm happy about it, actually. ... If the accusation is there, I'm OK with it." Nicholas Meyer, director of "The Day After," as well as "Star Trek II" and "Star Trek VI," said he hoped conservatives were discriminated against.

The impact in the industry is breathtaking. Conservatives in Hollywood meet in the shadows, afraid to step into the sunlight for fear of being recognized and blacklisted. Liberals feel free to force their politics down the throats of moderate and conservative Americans. Discrimination against some has consequences for all, and discrimination against conservatives in Hollywood is no exception.

Over the coming days and weeks, we're going to be releasing audio of top Hollywood figures admitting to their industry's discriminatory practices. We're going to be releasing tape of them owning up to using their entertainment for propaganda. We are going to force them to recognize that their willingness to discriminate is a symptom of a deeper ill: Their willingness to fight a culture war against non-liberal Americans on a daily basis and to turn our favorite evening activity into "Primetime Propaganda."

Ben Shapiro, 27, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School. He is the three-time bestselling author of the upcoming book "Primetime Propaganda," and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" on 810 AM in Orlando, FL. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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Note: laissez-faire capitalism doesn't work (except for a few rich sociopaths) precisely because, like communism, it relies on idiotic assumptions that don't reflect actual human behavior.

You appear to have discovered that Hollywood has a lot of liberals. (Most people there aren't particularly political, but of the ones that are, the average is fairly left.) Congratulations, Kid.

Hey, maybe next you can investigate why the 700 Club organization has so many conservatives, Genius. (Actually, that's a good question, considering what a bleeding-heart liberal Jesus was.)
Comment: #1
Posted by: Steven Doyle
Wed Jun 1, 2011 6:51 AM
Re: Steven Doyle

Wow, Steve Doyle. Kind of defensive, aren't you? Do you work in the TV or movie industry? I'm not sure if "most people" in Hollywood are political or not (and frankly, I'm not sure you're an authority on that subject either), but I do know I hear their often uninformed, violent, hate filled liberal rants on a daily basis.
I actually find the term "liberal" to be kind of laughable, since those who claim to be so are only tolerant of those who believe in what they believe. If you're not "a believer" in the liberal agenda, then be prepared to be denigrated, lied about and boldly told, in the entertainment industry, to look elsewhere for work. Not only is that acceptable, but from what we've read in this article, it's encouraged and lauded. Moderates and conservatives are basically told " We don't want your kind here". Hmm, are these the same people who claim to be about peace and love; tolerance and acceptance? I think Dr. King would be turning in his grave.
Regarding your comment about the 700 Club, comparing one show to an entire industry seems kind of ridiculous to me. What was your point? That there is one TV show on a little watched Christian channel that attracts mostly conservatives? Hardly a worthy comparison when you're talking about the entire television and film industries.
I know it's hard for liberals to admit that they are prejudiced, biased and intolerant. Sadly, it's something the rest of us have known for a long time.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Jean
Wed Jun 1, 2011 3:20 PM
-Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
-Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
-Facts are stubborn things.
-Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
-Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
-Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
-Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
-Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
-Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
-----Ronald Reagan
Comment: #3
Posted by: Soothsayer
Fri Jun 3, 2011 7:40 PM
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