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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.
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.
"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, 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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Vitally important, devastatingly thorough, and shockingly revealing....After reading Primetime Propaganda, you’ll never watch TV the same way again.” Mark Levin
"Were you aware that television has been trying to turn you into a latté-sipping, pro-gay, recycling Trotskyist? Did you know that Friends was not about a bunch of photogenic 20-somethings frolicking in New York, but rather an entertaining piece of agitprop designed to promote promiscuity? Did you know that Norman Lear was (gasp) a Jew?
Ben Shapiro has taken it upon himself to alert unsuspecting viewers in his new book, Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV
. Shapiro, a young darling of the conservative set, writes that the programs we see on television each night aren't purely escapist entertainment but rather 'small-scale, insidiously brilliant leftist propaganda.'" Gerry Donaghy, Powells.com
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Movie critic Michael Medved calls Ben Shapiro, “One of our most refreshing and insightful voices on the popular culture, as well as a conscience for his much-maligned generation.” With Primetime Propaganda, the syndicated columnist and bestselling author of Brainwashed, Porn Generation, and Project President tells the shocking true story of how the most powerful medium of mass communication in human history became a vehicle for spreading the radical agenda of the left side of the political spectrum. Similar to what Bernard Goldberg’s Bias and A Slobbering Love Affair did for the liberal news machine, Shapiro’s Primetime Propaganda is an essential expose of corrupting media bias, pulling back the curtain on widespread and unrepentant abuses of the Hollywood entertainment industry.
About the Author
Ben Shapiro is a graduate of UCLA (which he entered at the age of sixteen) and Harvard Law School. At seventeen, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. Shapiro is the author of the national bestsellers Brainwashed, Porn Generation, and Project President, and hosts The Ben Shapiro Show in Orlando, Florida. He is married and lives in Los Angeles.