In his new book Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV, author Ben Shapiro claims Hollywood executives, writers, and producers have used their influence for years to promote a liberal agenda.
And to prove his point, Shapiro interviewed several television executives -- including the creators of “House,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Friends,” “Golden Girls,” and “COPS” -- who all agreed.
Snippets of the interviews are already spreading on the Web. In one video, "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman acknowledges she, “Put together a staff of mostly liberal people” for her show. Click here to watch the interviews.
In another video, Shapiro asks “MacGyver” and "America's Funniest Home Video" producer Vin Di Bona what he thinks of conservative critics who say everyone in Hollywood is liberal.
Read an excerpt from the book here. From the book Primetime Propoganda by Ben Shapiro. Copyright © 2011 by Ben Shapiro. Reprinted courtesy of Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
“I think it's probably accurate, and I'm happy about it,” Di Bona responded.
Shapiro says the executives were open with him because they incorrectly assumed he’s liberal himself.
“Most of them didn’t Google me. If they had, they would have realized where I am politically,” Shapiro said. “I played on their stereotypes.”
The interviews, as well as specific examples of bias on Hollywood shows, are sprinkled throughout Shapiro’s book.
“Television has been perhaps the most impressive weapon in the left's political arsenal,” he argues.
He adds that even seemingly harmless shows like “Happy Days” and "Sesame Street" have been used to advance a progressive agenda.
Shapiro’s book was released in stores Tuesday.
Conservative media critic Dan Gainor spoke with CBN News about the book and it's potential impact on Hollywood's agenda, on CBN News Midday program, June 2.
Watch the full interview with Regent University President Dr. Carlos Campo:
Watch the extended interview with Author Ben Shapiro