“Vitally important, devastatingly thorough, and shockingly revealing…. After reading Primetime Propaganda, you’ll never watch TV the same way again.”
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 exposé of corrupting media bias, pulling back the curtain on widespread and unrepentant abuses of the Hollywood entertainment industry.
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.