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Published On: Thu, Jun 2nd, 2011

Ben Shapiro’s book unmasks TV execs’s liberal bias, agendas, right wing are ‘idiots’ with ‘medievel minds’

In clips that will hit the Internet to promote a new book, producers including “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman and “House” creator David Shore say Hollywood discriminates against and belittles conservatives.

Ben Shapiro’s new book, “Primetime Propaganda,” chronicles some of America’s TV executives in New York and California confessing to their political bias and agendas.

THR released the clips which you can check out below.

Friends co-creator Kauffman says in one clip that when she cast Candace Gingrich-Jones, half-sister of Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the minister of a lesbian wedding, “There was a bit of ‘f*** you’ in it to the right wing.”

source: W. Trusz, J. Dombrowicki

She acknowledges that she “put together a staff of mostly liberal people,” which is a major theme of Shapiro’s book: that conservatives aren’t welcome in Hollywood.

Soap and Golden Girls creator Susan Harris thinks conservative critics are “idiots” and have “medieval minds” feeling prideful that “At least, you know, we put Obama in office, and so people, I think, are getting – have gotten – a little bit smarter.”

Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds talk about pacifist messages in M*A*S*H or when MacGyver producer Vin Di Bona says anti-gun messages were a recurring theme in that show.

When Shapiro asks what he thinks of conservative critics who say everyone in Hollywood is liberal, Di Bona responds: “I think it’s probably accurate, and I’m happy about it.”

Another video has Leonard Goldberg (Blue BloodsFantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels and Starsky and Hutch) says saying that liberalism in the TV industry is “100 percent dominant, and anyone who denies it is kidding, or not telling the truth.”

Shapiro asks if politics are a barrier to entry. “Absolutely,” Goldberg admits.

Shore acknowledged that “there is an assumption in this town that everybody is on the left side of the spectrum, and that the few people on the right side, I think people look at them somewhat aghast, and I’m sure it doesn’t help them.”

In the book, subtitled “The true Hollywood story of how the left took over your TV,” Shapiro also tells anecdotes of bias against conservatives. One example is Dwight Schultz, best known for his roles as Murdock in The A-Team and Barclay in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The late Bruce Paltrow knew that Schultz was a fan of President Ronald Reagan. When Schultz showed up to audition for St. Elsewhere, a show Paltrow produced, to read for the part of Fiscus, Paltrow told him: “There’s not going to be a Reagan asshole on this show!”

The part went to Howie Mandel.

“Most nepotism in Hollywood isn’t familial, it’s ideological,” Shapiro writes in the book. “Friends hire friends. And those friends just happen to share their politics.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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