Primetime Propaganda

The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took over Your TV
Narrated by: Chris Abell
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
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Primetime Propaganda is the story of how television has been used over the past 60 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 leftist image.

In this thoroughly researched and detailed history of the television industry, the conservative columnist and best-selling 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 to 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 100 of the industry's biggest players, including Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), 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. After hearing this groundbreaking exposé, listeners will never watch television the same way again.

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Conservative Perspective with a Liberal Listener

I'm a pretty hardcore liberal, and a lot of the shows the author mentions and critiques are shows that I grew up with and loved. I am in a younger generation, so a good number of the shows I had never seen or sometimes even heard of. However, despite not necessarily agreeing with his perspective, I found Shapiro had well researched and thought provoking arguments, and clearly he did a fair bit of journalistic research and interviews. I breezed through the book within a week, despite its length, enjoying every chapter and unique critique. I would recommend it to those on the left and the right, because even as a liberal, I was able to note his concerns and start to see how the skew of Hollywood could influence our culture and society.
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Well researched informative book

This book was really well researched and very informative. Ben makes great points about the culture of the left in Hollywood and how they intentionally demonize conservative view points. I love how he ties it back together at the end and encourages both sides to come together in order to save television.

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Eye opening read!

Who knew the left started so long ago. Will never think of the TV I grew up with the same.

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I love the way Ben Shapiro thinks

I am a gay independent who decries a lot of liberal bullshit. Ben eloquently sheds rational light on the PC BULLSHIT we are drowning in. A conservative Jew is as rare as an independent gay catholic.

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Good Book a little long but good

I found it interesting. It does get a little boring and long. It is good to know that I was being brain washed when I was younger lol It had a lot of good information and stuff I don't know. it was good but a little long.

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Super informative

now I understand were my teen is getting all her ideas and why it's such a battle for her to see things clearly through the lense of liberty. this book has helped me put the puzzle together. it's a wonder there are any conservatives at all.

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A fantastic and even-handed take on hollywood

A fantastic and even handed take on Hollywood's liberal bias. Criticizes without insulting, and also recognizes the talents of hardcore leftist creators.

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Detailed and well researched

This book provides a detailed and well researched account of the influence of liberal politics on television programs. The author conducted interviews with many of the key players in many of the most popular programs. The weakness of the book is that it doesn't spend much time on an alternative approach. It also doesn't give credit to TV for improving the acceptance of minorities, which is surely a value anyone should embrace.

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Extensively Researched and Fair

First, to get it out of the way, the author lays their bias out on the table, making no pretense to absolute objectivity. With that out of the way, the book is based on dozens of interviews with Hollywood insiders. The author doesn't make pretenses that they're just following evidence but that they had a thesis and found evidence to support it. The author, despite their political leanings, doesn't descend into petty mud-slinging about television being garbage or immoral while saying they disagree with this morality or that. The author is well-acquainted with the subject matter and makes points with evidence rather than flat moral appeals.

Recommended if you'd like to hear from Hollywood insiders about political bias in the industry.

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5 stars for historical accuracy!

A factual analysis of television history in classic Ben Shapiro fashion! A complete unveiling of liberal bias in television programming.

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