Conservative podcast host and author Ben Shapiro wrote a book called “Primetime Propaganda” which illustrated Hollywood’s explicit intent to fill their programming with progressive thought.
Shapiro got high-ranking executives to speak candidly on the record because they assumed he was a liberal due to his last name and Harvard Law degree.
After the book was released, the executives were unabashed. Business continued as usual.
And with the election of Donald Trump, it seems progressive Hollywood is doubling down on the propaganda.
An examination of current television shows proves just how shamelessly biased the programming has become.
When conservatives turn on a television show in 2017, it’s likely they’ll find themselves parodied on-screen or carelessly lumped into some criminal category. There is, indeed, nothing new under the sun, but writers at ABC, CBS, and NBC are even bolder now in shaming Christians or Trump supporters in their scripts.
Matt Norcross, for Carolina Culture Warrior, collected some of “the most outrageously liberal” scripted lines so far from shows across the big three networks. It won’t take long to see who the real “enemy” is in the Hollywood bubble.
On the CBS “comedy” Superior Donuts, one scene managed to squeeze in jokes aimed at Christians, including hetero- and homosexual attraction to a “black Jesus,” and a knock of supporters of Trump’s border wall. An artist sets up two canvases of his painting, “Black Jesus Riding a Skateboard Battles Satan on a Pony” and blocks an immigrant character behind the huge panels. He emerges and declares, “The walls are supposed to keep the good ones like me in, not out. I should have voted for the woman.”
An episode of Quantico on ABC fantasizes that a white president with ties to Russia is called out for stealing the presidency and will ultimately be brought down by the ACLU. It’s a veritable liberal stew all crammed in one scene. The female “leaker” is proudly releasing classified documents to uncover the criminal president with a rousing resistance speech as the soundtrack to his downfall:
“This is a phone call, not moments ago, with Russian intelligence operatives were striking a deal with our president. America is now a puppet state to a hostile power, and I know this because — because I gave that power the intelligence to do it, to show you, the American people, that our president is a criminal. This government — run by a rogue cabal of self-serving elitists — they’ve stolen the presidency, used fear to control us, manipulated events to serve their greater goal — a power grab to take this country away from the ideals it was founded on, to subvert this great nation’s Constitution, its laws, its norms. Well, that ends today.
“Which is why I’m gonna release every secret that [President] Roarke was so desperate to hide to a hundred major law firms and civil-rights organizations, including the ACLU. America deserves the truth and nothing less. Yes, this is highly classified and incriminating intelligence. And, yes, I have violated so many laws by leaking this to you, the people. But this country will not fix itself in the shadows anymore. The light is all we have, and the truth is all we can trust. So resist. Fight back. That’s what I did and will always do for my country!”
As noted by Norcross, Quantico is one of ABC’s lowest-rated shows, but was renewed over the much-higher rated Last Man Standing, the now-canceled show of conservative Tim Allen.
Going for more of a quick jab was NBC’s Great News and right off the bat, too. In the pilot, a character played by Nicole Richie declares her hatred for Ivanka Trump because “she farted in my face at SoulCycle.” This middle school-humor brought to you by the Democrat’s moniker: “When they go low, we go high.”
ABC’s Scandal pushes “every radical progressive talking point it can,” explains Norcross. Now in its final season, a recent episode tackled being black in the American justice system. White supremacist “Bobby the Bigot,” as he is known by his “white-power posse,” pipe bombed a black church but was acquitted by an all-white jury. After a “hero’s welcome,” Bobby was found lynched. “Karma,” one character remarked. A black man who got into an altercation with Bobby at a bar prior to the hanging was convicted of the murder despite the lack of physical evidence.
“They didn’t need any. Shaun was black,” says one of the investigators.
“Guys, I think there might be something wrong with our justice system,” it’s proclaimed.
Then there’s Law & Order: SVU on NBC with perhaps the most egregious example. In a recent episode, Norcross pointed out how the show “viciously stereotyped Christians as wanting to use rape in order to cure homosexuality.”
“They think their secular law takes precedent over God’s law. But they’ll find out they’re wrong,” says the reverend.
The lawyers go on to argue that since the victim and rapist belong to a church that teaches homosexuality is a sin, the reverend believes the crime was “tacit consent.” That means the rape was “curative intercourse” and “okay if done for religious reasons.”
When the rapist’s lawyer says, “In the eyes of the Lord– the ultimate judge– my client is innocent,” the protagonist responds, “Well, with all due respect to the Almighty, His laws are meaningless when it comes to sexual assault.”
Time to change the channel, America.
These are just a few instances of the not-so-subtle progressive propaganda. Another example is ABC’s freshman drama “Designated Survivor”, in which Kiefer Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member who ascends to the presidency after a catastrophic terror attack on the Capitol wipes out the entire line of succession during the State of the Union address.
Sutherland’s president Kirkman calls himself an independent, but espouses every left-wing position under the sun.
First, Kirkman’s a staunch gun control advocate; a character lobbying for gun control used an anecdote about a deranged man who broke into his girlfriend’s house and shot her to death in her bedroom, as if the psycho ex-boyfriend would’ve been powerless without a gun.
He pushes for more music program funding, as if the arts can’t exist without the levers of the federal government. Kirkman also fought to decrease America’s nuclear weapons stock.
Not once has Kirkman expressed any views that aren’t in keeping with hard-left dogma, and at every turn, the evil opposition is a Republican.
The nefarious character behind the terrorist attack that decimated the federal government is [spoiler alert] described as an ultra-right winger who “makes the Alt-right look like liberals.”
If these shows want to make conservatives the bag guys, fine. But where is the diversity of thought? One would be hard-pressed to find examples (outside of maybe “The Americans”) of bad guys on television who are avowed left-wing radicals intent on overthrowing the government in order to implement a communist regime.
Perhaps because it would hit too close to home for the left.