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Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV (They Brag About It!)

posted by Donna Calvin

IS SESAME STREET SPREADING LEFT-WING PROPAGANDA? EXEC ADMITS, YES

by Jonathon M. Seidl Jonathon M. Seidl

While the theme song to the kids show Sesame Street encourages people to ask how to get there, one author just finished an expose exploring what’s really in the popular show: left-wing propaganda.

Sesame Street, with its loveable and fuzzy characters, is really a mouthpiece for the left’s agenda. That’s the conclusion of author Ben Shapiro, who after interviewing hundreds of industry insiders found that many of Hollywood’s most popular shows, including the popular kids program, are inundated with secret political messages. And he got top executives to admit it.

Shapiro’s new book, “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV,” according to it’s description “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 leftist image.”

For example, Shapiro quotes Mike Dann, one of Sesame Street’s founding executives, saying it “was not made for the sophisticated or the middle class.” Using the premise, the team worked in all sorts of messages, including Grover breaking bread with a hippie and Oscar the grouch who was supposed to address “conflicts arising from racial and ethnic diversity.” Dann also admitted he used the program in the wake of 9/11 to highlight peaceful alternatives to war.

“Sesame Street tried to tackle divorce, tackled ‘peaceful conflict resolution’ in the aftermath of 9/11 and had [gay actor] Neil Patrick Harris on the show playing the subtly-named ‘fairy shoeperson’,” writes Shapiro, according to THR.

The news may not be surprising considering the left‘s recent use of the show’s cuddly character, Elmo. The furry, red puppet has been used to trumpet free internetlament job loss, and even plug Michelle Obama’s child nutrition bill.

But the left-wing messages aren‘t limited to children’s programs. Adults are inundated, too. The Independent explains:

The TV series Friends undermined family values; Sesame Street taught ethnic minorities about civil disobedience; Happy Days had a subtle anti-Vietnam subtext; and the 1980s cop show MacGyver tried to persuade pistol-packing Americans that guns are bad.

Happy Days? Friends? Believe it. Shapiro even got Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman to own up to intentionally hiring liberals and sending a strong message to conservatives in a popular episode:

Among Shapiro’s most revelatory interviewees is Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of Friends, who recalls how she hired a “bunch of liberals” to run the programme to “put out there what we believe”. In 1999, she admitted casting the actress sister of Newt Gingrich, the prominent Republican, to play a preacher at a lesbian wedding because she wanted to annoy conservatives.

“When we did the lesbian wedding, we knew there was going to be some flack,” said Kauffman. “I have to say, when we cast Candice Gingrich as the minister of that wedding, there was a bit of a ‘fu** you’ in it to the right-wing, directly.”

So how did Shapiro get these executives to say such things on record. According to him, he took advantage of liberal stereotypes.

“There was a certain amount of stereotyping on their part in granting the interview,” he told the Independent. “Many probably assumed that with a name like Shapiro and a Harvard Law credential, there was no need to Google me: I would have to be a leftist. In Hollywood, talking to a Jew with a Harvard Law baseball cap is like talking to someone wearing an Obama pin.”

“I was shocked by the openness of the Hollywood crowd when it came to admitting anti-conservative discrimination inside the industry,” he told the paper. “They weren’t ashamed of it. In fact, some were actually proud of it.”

Source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/is-sesame-street-spreading-left-wing-propaganda-exec-admits-yes/



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posted June 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm


I like Ben Shapiro but really he couldn’t write a more pointless book. Are we supposed to be shocked that Hollywood admits it has a left-wing agenda? Was it ever a secret that MASH was a pacifist show? Is anyone shocked that Friends had a left-wing agenda, what with its whoremongering, pointlessness and homosexual sympathies? It’s never been a secret that Sesame Street is run by lefitists, only morons believe PBS doesn’t have an agenda.

The only mildly surprising revelation was that MacGyver was anti-gun. Only leftists would think anyone would notice something as subtle as what they are claiming. What’s funny is that MacGyver has been mercilessly mocked for the absurdity of the lead character’s techniques.

Even shows with a supposed Christian leaning are left-wing if you pay close enough attention. The Walton’s for example is often watched by Christians who assume it’s a Christian show. In reality, the grandfather is played by a formerly blacklisted actor who was a radical homosexual activist in the 1930′s. (look up Will Geer sometime) The show has women in pants, which is the opposite of what women wore in the 30′s. FDR is worshiped as is government. Every ‘hardcore’ Christian on the program either is exposed as a hypocrite or becomes more liberal as the series goes on.

In short, we don’t need a book to expose what is in plain view. Hollywood has long admitted they’re left-wing. Mr. Shapiro isn’t offering us anything new.



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