Audio: More of what Hollywood really thinks about conservatives

posted at 1:08 pm on June 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Ben Shapiro plans to release audio from interviews he conducted for his just-released book, Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV, a little at a time in a strategy learned from Andrew Breitbart’s ACORN exposes.  The strategy seems to be working pretty well; after debuting with Hot Air and Townhall yesterday, Ben gets the Hollywood Reporter to release a couple of juicy quotes on tape today from television producer Susan Harris (Golden Girls, Soap), legendary TV executive Fred Silverman, and even COPS creator John Langley, who says he prefers to choose segments based on skin color:

Other upcoming videos include:  Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg explaining how he tried to make Republican character Alex Keaton the bad guy but that actor Michael J. Fox was too darn lovable; and president of MTV Networks Entertainment Group Doug Herzog talking about his network having “superpowers” when it comes to its influence over young people.

The advancement of a gay and lesbian political agenda is mentioned by multiple executives, including  Marcy Carsey, a producer of Soap and Roseanne, and Desperate Housewivesproducer Marc Cherry, who is a rarity in Hollywood: a gay Republican.

In her video, Carsey also says she insisted on portraying characters smoking marijuana inThat ‘70s Show. “If this is a problem for you, we certainly understand, and we just won’t do the show,” she told executives at Fox.

Shapiro released two videos Tuesday, one featuring COPS creator John Langley saying he’s partial to segments where white people are the criminals, and the other has Fred Silverman, the former head of ABC and later NBC, saying “there’s only one perspective, and it’s a very progressive perspective” in TV comedy today.

Let’s offer a couple of the clips here at Hot Air, starting with Harris, who warns Shapiro that conservatives are “medieval” and that “we got Obama elected”:

Wonder what the secret message of MacGyver was? Gun control, according to creator Vin DiBona:

Producer Leonard Goldberg (Blue Bloods, Charlie’s Angels) says that the one-sided political agenda for television is “100% dominant,” and that this is “absolutely” a barrier to entry for conservatives. He uses the late Ron Silver as an example (whom I had the good fortune of interviewing not long before he passed away):

Check out the Hollywood Reporter for even more clips. Ben Shapiro will be on The Ed Morrissey Show next week to discuss his book, its impact on Hollywood, and his rollout strategy.

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No one ever got smarter watching the crap that Susan Harris put on tv.

mchristian on June 1, 2011 at 1:14 PM

wow. Reagan had his eyes opened to Communists in Hollywood. The combination of Hollywood, the MSM, Democrats and other nefarious groups is nauseating. We literally cannot get away from these people, they have to be beaten in every arena. Schools, media, music, government, everywhere….they are like roaches.

ted c on June 1, 2011 at 1:14 PM

This is interesting. My husband is always telling me I’m reading too much politics into TV and movies, but here are the creators telling us straight up that they had overtly political motives.

Missy on June 1, 2011 at 1:15 PM

lol, the secret message of Macguyver was gun control? Well I might have to watch Macgruber again, as it seems like an even better spoof now.

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Isn’t it time for us to make counterbalancing shows and distribute them via the internet?

Or will the socialists shut that down?

dogsoldier on June 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Senator Joe McCarthy: American Patriot

Determined to stop McCarthy from spreading the truth about their communist agenda, many anti-American Hollywood insiders found willing accomplices in the budding liberal media. These propaganda-mongers added a new word to the dictionary, defining “McCarthyism” as a senseless political witch hunt. In fact, McCarthy had exposed scores of known communists in the capital without a single known false accusation. Joseph McCarthy’s critics were never interested in the truth however.

The VENONA Project files, declassified in 1995, provided indisputable evidence that nearly all of those McCarthy accused were traitors to America. Not surprisingly, the media ignored these documents completely, instead choosing to run yet another round of anti-McCarthy propaganda. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2005 Hollywood released the greatest propaganda film since “Triumph of the Will”, an anti-McCarthy slander picture known as “Good Night and Good Luck”.

Time to clean house again.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

This is why I gave up television years ago.

A few exceptions were, The X-files, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

Now, but for news, and an occasional old movie, the tv is rarely on at my home. I find more entertainment watching the squirrels in my yard, than some two bit, easily replaced actors on some poorly written, done to death story line comedy or drama.

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I enjoyed watching MacGyver when it was on during the late 1980′s. Didn’t perceive the liberal messages until later. And by then I had shifted from liberal to conservative.

aunursa on June 1, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Not even bothering to hide it anymore.

rbj on June 1, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Color me surprised…

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Missy on June 1, 2011 at 1:15 PM

scary, my husband says the same thing to me…

cmsinaz on June 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

This is why Andrew Brietbart says conservatives have to take back culture and why he started his sites.

It’s getting to the point where I don’t pay money to see movies or buy DVDs of people who openly hate me and what I believe. Some people want to differentiate between what they are shilling and their beliefs, but those are probably (imho) the same people who are either RINOs or think we can win them over by being nice and ignore the fact that they think we are uneducated racists.

Plus, it’s unimaginable what kind of “smart” person will alienate around 50% of their customer base.

So more money in my pocket and less in theirs. Works for me! Too bad they can’t figure it out.

kim roy on June 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Carsey is lying about the That 70′s Show. In the first episode, they gambled and showed them smoking pot (not just the cloud of smoke) – everything moving forward removed the actual joint – due to censors…

I love when people make grandiose claims ex post facto.

Odie1941 on June 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I’m thinking Susan Harris has never seen a real medieval mindset up close.

Bishop on June 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

It never ceases to amaze me, that people like George Clooney and others, while thinking they are brilliant, and elite, and smarter than us dumb hicks out in the nether parts of Amercia, were, and are so easily sucked in by the progressive propoganda.

They lack even the rudimentary skills of thinking for themselves, and looking outside their narrow boxes. So much for brilliance.

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

lol, the secret message of Macguyver was gun control? Well I might have to watch Macgruber again, as it seems like an even better spoof now.

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM

It was all explained in one flashback episode, where he and a couple of his friends (in their childhood) fooled around with an old revolver and one of them accidentally got shot & killed.

McGyver basically uses that incident to justify his ‘guns are icky’ attitude for the rest of his life, 2nd amendment and common sense (ie; when going up against terrorists with machine guns) gets thrown to the four winds.

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Where is the news here? It this is this guys book then it has been written about 100 times previously

georgealbert on June 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

They lack even the rudimentary skills of thinking for themselves, and looking outside their narrow boxes. So much for brilliance.

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Wealthy liberal elite keeping their wealth to themselves.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM

In her video, Carsey also says she insisted on portraying characters smoking marijuana inThat ‘70s Show. “If this is a problem for you, we certainly understand, and we just won’t do the show,” she told executives at Fox.

Carsey’s show never actually showed the characters smoking marijuana. But then again, she didn’t really have to show them doing that in the first place.

Although she did show them eating pot brownies…

Del Dolemonte on June 1, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Isn’t it time for us to make counterbalancing shows and distribute them via the internet?

Or will the socialists shut that down?

dogsoldier on June 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

First, you have to get someone to build conservative alternatives to sites like YouTube, which are run by friends of Obama. It’s like getting anti-Soviet letters published in Pravda.

Ward Cleaver on June 1, 2011 at 1:26 PM

If you’re an instant movie star, who was waiting tables six months ago, you’d much rather have the federal government in your pocket than have all your starving liberal actor friends in your pocket. At least the government leaves something behind.

So, you tell all your starving actor friends, “I’m with you. That’s why I love paying taxes…so all of you can go directly to the government for help (and not to me…you parasitic deatbeats.)”

RBMN on June 1, 2011 at 1:27 PM

lol, the secret message of Macguyver was gun control? Well I might have to watch Macgruber again, as it seems like an even better spoof now.

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Makes you wonder how much death and injury that kind of anti-gun propaganda has cuased with people thinking that they don’t need the equalization effect of firearms.

ahhhh duuuhhh.. I can fend off this gang of thugs with just a stick, a book of matches and some chewing gum….. yeah, that’s works in the real world for sure dude..

Colbyjack on June 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Well it only lasted a season, but if it coems to DVD then you should check out The Chicago Code. It is a cop show with what I felt was a very clear conservative tilt and scathing rebuke of corruption in Chicago.

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I’m thinking Susan Harris has never seen a real medieval mindset up close.

Bishop on June 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

She could find a few million in the Middle East to observe.

mchristian on June 1, 2011 at 1:29 PM

They lack even the rudimentary skills of thinking for themselves, and looking outside their narrow boxes. So much for brilliance.

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Wealthy liberal elite keeping their wealth to themselves.

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Marcey Carsey’s longtime production partner Tom Werner is now a part owner of the Boston Red Sox; the holding company he and John Henry formed also now owns Liverpool F.C. of the English Premier League.

Del Dolemonte on June 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Colbyjack on June 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

If gun violence didn’t sell so well, every Hollywood movie would have the good and bad guy talking things out and realizing there is no good and bad at all. Then they kill a conservative together and eat his flesh.

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

No one ever got smarter watching the crap that Susan Harris put on tv.

mchristian on June 1, 2011 at 1:14 PM

You beat me to it.

You know, while it might be that people are indeed getting smarter, the jury is out on whether or not it is the Hollywood crowd that is getting smarter.

It might be that Hollywood is getting dumber, and everyone else is getting smarter.

I guess the next election will serve to test my theory.

Lawrence on June 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I’m torn on this.

Yeah it sucks that liberals own entertainment. But Hollywood is a private business for the most part. Govt isn’t funding Golden Girls or MacGyver or any other TV shows. It’s private money funding it, they can do whatever they want with it.

Question becomes who is the bigger fool…the fool or the person following the fool? If we (conservatives) keep watching this junk, we’re just contributing to it.

I rarely watch any TV these days aside from sports.

angryed on June 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

bah just a wacky conspiracy theory…

equanimous on June 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM

In her video, Carsey also says she insisted on portraying characters smoking marijuana inThat ‘70s Show. “If this is a problem for you, we certainly understand, and we just won’t do the show,” she told executives at Fox.

I will forever curse Carsey for giving us Ashton Kutcher. What a hack. Not funny, just annoying.

search4truth on June 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Thanks! I’ll look for it. Maybe I’ll do a search, and see if there’s a move to save the show. I’d love to watch it.

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Gosh, that stupid idiot Dan Quayle was eons head of us all on this with his “Murphy Brown is immoral” attack. All these leftist folks, well-trained in propaganda,laughed their smary put-down laugh, and said it was just entertainment TV and not real.

Now their favorite news propaganstist people are the likes of Jon Stewart and other pretend clowns who are “just entertainment TV – not real news people.”

There are no institutions in society not infiltrated by the Marxist anti-God folks-including the GOP and a lot of mainstream churches.

Why? It works!

Don L on June 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Links to this should be spread all across emails and Facebook and Twitter.

Hollywood agenda?……….who knew?

PappyD61 on June 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM

TV will rot your brain…

equanimous on June 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Who cares what they think?

Redglen on June 1, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Question becomes who is the bigger fool…the fool or the person following the fool? If we (conservatives) keep watching this junk, we’re just contributing to it.

I rarely watch any TV these days aside from sports.

angryed on June 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I was going to say something similar. I haven’t paid Hollywood for their opinions via theaters or televisions for years, and frankly, even for free I don’t want to hear their opinions.

Vashta.Nerada on June 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

TV will rot your brain…

equanimous on June 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder

Roy Rogers on June 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM

And it’s *liberals* who insist conservatives are just too closed-minded to ideas that are new and different??

Yeah, right.

Kim Priestap on June 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Anyone remember the show “The Unit?” That was a great show and showed our military in the best light. It was canceled after 4 seasons even though it averaged over 10 million viewers on Sunday night when you never knew when it would start because of Football. For comparison Fringe was renewed with under 5 million in viewership. If The Unit were on Monday or Thursday it would have done over 12 million and probably around a 4.0 in the 18/45 year coveted age range.

Capitalist Infidel on June 1, 2011 at 1:56 PM

You think it just drives DiBona crazy that he misread his MacGuyver star? He took Colonel Jack O’Neal of Stargate SG-1 in a decidedly Conservative, pro-military direction. That show constantly rails against liberals and thieves trying to corrupt their mission of protection the Earth. And the lone Liberal on the team (Daniel Jackson) metamorphoses over to the pro-military side later in the series, as well.

PJ Emeritus on June 1, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Marcey Carsey’s longtime production partner Tom Werner is now a part owner of the Boston Red Sox; the holding company he and John Henry formed also now owns Liverpool F.C. of the English Premier League.

Del Dolemonte on June 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Still, it’s better than Hicks and Gilette

YNWA

KGB on June 1, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Sunlight is the best disinfectant….I can’t wait to hear the screeching about “censorship” from the Hollyweird Left when this book really gets some play.

I hope the book goes in to some detail about Ron Silver. He was a darling of the liberals, attended Bill Clinton’s inaugural and visited him in the White House many times, but became a conservative after watching the Left’s growing anti-Semitism. He became a pariah in Hollywood after supporting the invasion of Iraq.

rockmom on June 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM

lol, the secret message of Macguyver was gun control? Well I might have to watch Macgruber again, as it seems like an even better spoof now.

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Quick…anyone know the stats on people killed in the most violent TV show ever, “The A-Team”?

Answer: ZERO. Bullets, bombs, etc….and not one death. Not one.

BobMbx on June 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM

TV will rot your brain…

equanimous on June 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

No it won’t. Uh…what was your question?

BobMbx on June 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM

You think it just drives DiBona crazy that he misread his MacGuyver star? He took Colonel Jack O’Neal of Stargate SG-1 in a decidedly Conservative, pro-military direction. That show constantly rails against liberals and thieves trying to corrupt their mission of protection the Earth. And the lone Liberal on the team (Daniel Jackson) metamorphoses over to the pro-military side later in the series, as well.

PJ Emeritus on June 1, 2011 at 1:57 PM

That was a good show.

mbs on June 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Modern Family?

Oil Can on June 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM

That’s a laugh Hollywood didn’t get Obama elected. George W Bush in September 2008 got Barack Obama elected. It’s called TARP and it’s still pi$$ing people off to this day SEE Mid Term elections where “Democrats got their A$$ handed to them” So if Hollywood is so great at getting Obama elected why did we have the biggest seat change in 70 years in November of 2010. She is right people are more intelligent, it just doesn’t have anything to do with the Hollywood agenda. Americans Wised Up.

Dr Evil on June 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Wait, you mean to tell me that Hollywood liberals not only think poorly of conservatives, but they also insert their own politics into their shows? I look forward to Ben’s next earth-shaking book, “The Earth Orbits the Sun.”

It’s bad enough Breitbart features this hack, please tell me HotAir’s not going to start doing it too.

elcapt on June 1, 2011 at 2:36 PM

If gun violence didn’t sell so well, every Hollywood movie would have the good and bad guy talking things out and realizing there is no good and bad at all. Then they kill a conservative together and eat his flesh.

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Yeah, here we have an industry dependent on the whole gun culture but anti-gun to it’s core. Well, maybe for them it’s the “Only ones” mentality.

Colbyjack on June 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM

I remember Madonna saying that she doesn’t let her kids watch TV, other “stars” have said that too.. The should be a warning to everyone.

reshas1 on June 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Not surprising. Usually “conservative” entertainment won’t be given much of a space to grow in msm. The last (great) msm conservative show I watched was 2006′s Jericho. A magnificent show that lasted for a season and 8 episodes. Save for one scene in a late episode of the brief 2nd season that made a passing reference to global warming, likely to try to go more “mainstream” and maybe get a chance for a third season, it remained consistently what can be considered a conservative in principles and values, with an x-File-y twist.

It certainly was ahead of it’s time.

ptcamn on June 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

it’s not only the TV studios, it’s also the advertisement firms, market research firms, magazines, tabloids, product packaging, public school policies, the entire music industry, fashion designers, radio stations and their commercials, city planners, children’s games and books, McDonald’s Happy Meals, web advertising, search result placement of major search engines, youtube, facebook, twitter, billboard advertisements, news, newspapers, ad infinitum…

equanimous on June 1, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Original Trek started as pure Progressivism, so you watched it for the characters or the few good plots that didn’t moralize a lot. It was Kennedy-era Progressivism, which wasn’t hot but sure beat out the pure socialism of Next Gen. Yes they did away with money and what replaced it was ‘complex’! Amazing, the single most useful tool ever devised for creating, maintaining and growing economy is the unit of exchange we know as money… so how did they run their economy? I gave up on Next Gen very early…

My favorite programs have shifted over the years, and while I still like ST-TOS, it was surpassed by Babylon 5, which is far closer to forms of SF that concentrate on the role of man as individual in the affairs of Nations. Starts slow, but gets to a break-neck pace by 3rd season.

Rating in that ballpark is The Prisoner. It is one of the purest forms of anti-Left, anti-Statist television you can find and with one of the most compelling characters around.

After that? The X-Files and then I head into the ‘reality’ TV that is about real people living their lives: Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, Pawn Stars, IRT, and Mythbusters. Some of the simplest tv is that of just showing interesting people leading their lives… and it shows you people thinking and working hard to do their jobs and live their lives.

ajacksonian on June 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

That was a good show.

mbs on June 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Yep. One of the few that holds a coveted place in my DVD and Digital library. Stargate:SG1, Babylon 5, Firefly (and the Serenity movie.), Mythbusters, and Dirty Jobs. All part of my collection, and all either generally conservative, libertarian, or strictly apolitical. (with the lone exception being last year’s single episode involving President Zero. The moron even requested a re-test of a TWICE busted myth. Ugh.)

wearyman on June 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Whoops, I meant to say: “Last year’s single Mythbusters episode involving President Zero.”

We really need an “edit” feature on Hot Air.

wearyman on June 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Quick…anyone know the stats on people killed in the most violent TV show ever, “The A-Team”?

Answer: ZERO. Bullets, bombs, etc….and not one death. Not one.

BobMbx on June 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM

And two of the actors were serious conservatives. Contrast that to what used to be billed as the most violent TV show, Hawaii 5-0 whose main character was a gun-grabbing liberal.

At least now I know why I never saw a complete episode of MacGuyver – no guns.

Lanceman on June 1, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Try to find a “Law & Order” episode, including the various spin-offs, that doesn’t take multiple overt potshots at conservatism and/or religion — not to mention openly supporting liberals’ favorite memes, such as support for abortion “choices”, guns are evil, the military is evil, Muslims are peace-loving cherubs, and on and on and on…

hillbillyjim on June 1, 2011 at 2:56 PM

That’s a laugh Hollywood didn’t get Obama elected. George W Bush in September 2008 got Barack Obama elected. It’s called TARP and it’s still pi$$ing people off to this day

Dr Evil on June 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Gotta disagree, Doctor.
Hollywood is the biggest reason this POS got elected.
While I was against TARP, it actually worked to a degree. I think you must be confusing that with the stimulus and bailouts.

Lanceman on June 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Isn’t global warming a belief? And not based on science, oh, wait, I forgot, if you are a liberal and you believe in something, than that automatically becomes scientific fact.

right2bright on June 1, 2011 at 3:08 PM

LOL When I point out the liberal bias, my family rolls their eyes at me. They are all conservatives, but they’re pi$$ed that I ruin the show for them!

The first time I became aware of it was with Family Ties. I have been wary of TV ever since.

csdeven on June 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Marcey Carsey’s longtime production partner Tom Werner is now a part owner of the Boston Red Sox; the holding company he and John Henry formed also now owns Liverpool F.C. of the English Premier League.

Del Dolemonte on June 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Before he owned the Sawx, Werner was owner of the San Diego Padres at the same time he can Carsey were producing “The Cosby Show” and “Roseanne”. And it was the latter connection that led to her infamous 1990 rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, another low point for how Hollywood types view traditional values in the country.

jon1979 on June 1, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Capitalist Infidel on June 1, 2011 at 1:56 PM

The Unit was created and written by David Mamet, now out as a conservative. Maybe that’s why it was canceled?

And has anyone noticed that when the family on Blue Bloods says grace at their meal, they never say “through Christ our Lord, amen”? What’s up with that?

PattyJ on June 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

By the way, Blue Bloods is a fantastic show. If there political views brought up, it’s at Sunday dinner. One family member may be a bit to the left on an issue; another might express an opinion to the right. But it’s never decided for the viewing that one side is right and the other wrong. Goldberg is a wise man.

The show I am most disappointed to see cut after its first season is The Chicago Code. Makes me wonder if they were doing too good a job exposing Chicago corruption. But it was an excellent story with a fabulous cast.

Connie on June 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

correction:

But it’s never decided for the viewing audience that one side is right and the other wrong. Goldberg is a wise man.

Connie on June 1, 2011 at 3:35 PM

The advancement of a gay and lesbian political agenda is mentioned by multiple executives

I’ll say! Regarding Star Trek – Nememis (2002). Did they reissue this film or was the GLBT piece there from the get go? I originally watched this on a bootleg Haji DVD in Iraq a few years back and finally saw it on HD Cable over the weekend.

This time around, the part that caught my ear was Data proposing a toast to Riker & Troi before singing a song to them. He started by saying “Ladies, Gentlemen and Transgendered …”

According to Wikipedia:

Star Trek Nemesis is a 2002 science fiction film directed by Stuart Baird, written by John Logan (from a story developed by Logan, Brent Spiner, and producer Rick Berman), and with music composed by Jerry Goldsmith. It is the tenth feature film in the Star Trek franchise, and the fourth and final film to star the cast from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It follows the mission of the crew of the USS Enterprise-E as they are forced to deal with a threat to the United Federation of Planets from a Reman clone of Captain Picard named Shinzon who has taken control of the Romulan Star Empire in a coup.

Nemesis acted as a swan song for The Next Generation cast, as could be seen from the film’s tagline of “A generation’s final journey begins”. The film was the least commercially successful in the franchise, and was poorly received by the majority of critics.

Any which way, Hollywood just keeps banging the drums.

AH_C on June 1, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Wow. Jetboy is going to be crushed. Golden Girls is his favorite TV Show.

portlandon on June 1, 2011 at 3:59 PM

The first time I became aware of it was with Family Ties. I have been wary of TV ever since.

csdeven on June 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM

No conspiracy here. Nope, not even a little bit.

/sarc….

Because American shows are seen worldwide, this then is a global conspiracy….

Mcguyver on June 1, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Capitalist Infidel on June 1, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Sorry, when you said “The Unit” I initially thought you had misposted and meant to be in one of the Weinergate threads.

Seriously, tho, great show.

PJ Emeritus on June 1, 2011 at 4:14 PM

None of this is a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention for the last few decades.

RebeccaH on June 1, 2011 at 5:27 PM

ajacksonian on June 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I remember one Star Trek: TOS episode where those flowers sprayed people with parasites who used them as hosts and in return did away with all negative emotions. Captain Kirk actually had a pretty moving speech in that episode about how this state of bliss hurts humanity and how as a species we need to struggle, fail and claw our way to the top to learn how to survive and advance as a species, or something along those lines. It was a pretty conservative message and a knock on the otherwise utopian ideals the franchise put forth.

I’m not a big Star Trek buff at all, but I always liked that particular episode for that speech and because the Kirk/Spock fight scared me as a kid (Spock was strong!).

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 5:38 PM

This was particularly heavy-handed starting in the 70s. All in the Family clearly meant to mock conservatives with Archie Bunker the bigot. They were quite surprised when he became one of the most popular characters on the show, in spite of being a loudmouth and a bigot.

Alex P. Keaton was a similar case. Clearly, he was used to embarrass and humiliate Reagan and his supporters. Clearly, that also backfired.

Frank Burns on MASH was also meant to make conservatives look bad. Any idea they wanted to mock, they put in Frank Burns’ mouth. But they made him enough of a weasel that it didn’t backfire so much.

It seemed like every sitcom in the 70s was striving to be “relevant” to the social issues of the day, and all were aimed at promoting the liberal side of each issue.

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 1, 2011 at 5:45 PM

You’d have to be blind to not see all the leftist propaganda and amoral trash that the entertainment industry has been churning out for decades. With a few decent exceptions movies and TV are a lost cause for the most part. Good riddance, life is better without it.

infidel4life on June 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM

The news seems to be getting out quickly, this was even one of the top headlines at Yahoo:

TV Executives Admit in Taped Interviews That Hollywood Pushes a Liberal Agenda

Common Sense on June 1, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Well it only lasted a season,……………..

Daemonocracy on June 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

UGH ! are you kidding me ?? My wife and I love CC ! Did they pull the plug already ??

cableguy615 on June 1, 2011 at 7:22 PM

TV will rot your brain…

equanimous on June 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM
No it won’t. Uh…what was your question?

BobMbx on June 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM

LoL ! And what did you do with my Cheetos ??

cableguy615 on June 1, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Criminal Minds is one show that steers fairly clear from politics and social issues even though they have plenty of opportunities to insert commentary.

For example, they never comment on capital punishment or gun control, even though the show has tons of guns and several executions. There are a few instances–but only a few–where they include Leftward assumptions about this or that, but mostly not at all.

They also have a reputation for having the nicest, sweetest, most gracious atmosphere on set than any TV show. Prolly not a coinky-dink.

dicentra63 on June 1, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Frank Burns on MASH was also meant to make conservatives look bad.

Watch the first few episodes and you’ll see a much different Frank Burns than the buffoon he eventually became. He started out as a smug, self-righteous, Bible-quoting creep who spouted aphorisms about the sanctity of marriage on his way to Hot Lips’s tent. It didn’t take long for him to devolve into mere comic relief.

Same with the Ferengi on ST:TNG. They were supposed to be genuinely fearsome creatures, predators who want nothing but PROFIT, and yet they became the comic relief within just a few episodes.

So they tried again with The Borg, described by Guinan as “the ultimate consumers” or some such, but somehow the utopian-seeking collective hive mind didn’t make a good analogy for corporate America.

And yeah, Archie Bunker was supposed to be knuckle-dragging middle America, but he was a far more endearing character than the bland, self-righteous Meathead. Archie at least had the capacity for introspection from time to time; Meathead just spouted popular slogans without being the least bit inspiring.

dicentra63 on June 1, 2011 at 8:29 PM

To all those posters who basically posted “big deal, what conservative didn’t know this?”; you knew it and I knew it, but my brother and sister who are both adults don’t know/believe it.

I can tell them a hundred times that they need to pay attention to what they watch, but it won’t have the same effect as showing them these videos – where the truth comes right from the source. It’s one thing to say “I think this is what they are doing” and quite another to show the creators saying “this is what I’m doing.”

We need more of this.

Free Indeed on June 2, 2011 at 9:55 AM

This is exactly why I don’t watch tv, rent movies or (especially!!) pay the theaters to watch any of these mind numbing libtards. The only people dumber than one of them are the people who waste time and money supporting them.

DanaSmiles on June 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM