This shouldn't surprise anybody, of course. What makes Shapiro's project interesting is that he actually caught members of the glitterati on tape saying some pretty outrageous things:
There's a reason the product produced by the television industry is overwhelmingly biased to the left: Hollywood generally won't let anybody to the right get a job. As I show in my new book, "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How The Left Took Over Your TV," Tinseltown is populated almost entirely by liberals who are motivated to use your television to propagandize on behalf of their favorite political causes. No matter what you watch -- "Sesame Street" or "Glee," "Sex and the City" or "Friends" -- television's creators are using your entertainment choices to proselytize you.
If conservatives get in the way -- and they always do -- the left simply cuts them out of the loop. [...]
What's more, Hollywood's top non-conservative names admitted to me that such discrimination takes place on a regular basis. The producer of "Chicago Hope" and "Picket Fences," Michael Nankin, justified discrimination by stating that "scripted television is very liberal ... that's the personality that you need to succeed in that business." Allan Burns, co-creator of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," talked down to conservatives, explaining that artists are "the intellectual community, that's why [they're liberal]." David Shore, creator of "House," admitted that Hollywood was overwhelmingly leftist, and that discrimination happened on a regular basis: "I think people look at [conservatives] somewhat aghast, and I'm sure it doesn't help them," he said. Top executives admitted it. Top producers admitted it. Top writers admitted it.
Some even celebrated it.
Vin Di Bona, producer of "MacGyver" and "America's Funniest Home Videos," told me that the widespread perception of anti-conservative bias in Hollywood was "probably accurate and I'm happy about it, actually. ... If the accusation is there, I'm OK with it." Nicholas Meyer, director of "The Day After," as well as "Star Trek II" and "Star Trek VI," said he hoped conservatives were discriminated against.
Kauffman also acknowledges she “put together a staff of mostly liberal people,” which is another major point of Shapiro’s book: that conservatives aren’t welcome in Hollywood.
Maybe that’s because they’re “idiots” and have “medieval minds.” At least that’s what Soap and Golden Girls creator Susan Harris thinks of TV’s conservative critics.
However, the ranks of dumb right-wingers has dwindled, according to Harris, whose video has her saying: “At least, you know, we put Obama in office, and so people, I think, are getting – have gotten – a little bit smarter.” [Emphasis in original--E.M.]
So smart, in fact, that none of the Tinseltown nitwits he interviewed bothered to Google Ben Shapiro before shooting their mouths off to him about how much they hate, despise, loathe, have contempt for, and otherwise disregard the half of the nation that doesn't reflexively vote for Democrats or chant left-wing slogans--including Mr. Shapiro himself.
Of course, any observer of reasonable intelligence doesn't need to read Ben Shapiro's book to discover that Hollywood hates conservatives; we already know they hate Christians, serious religious believers of other faiths, traditional families, and the whole idea of virtue--which makes decent storytelling ridiculously difficult if not impossible. Most conservatives I know, myself included, are pleasantly surprised on the rare occasions when the movie or television industry manages, almost by accident, to produce something of even scant merit (which they do almost entirely by borrowing from ancient archetypes which they don't properly understand, and thus nearly always manage to mangle sooner or later). Most of the time what they produce is mindless, soulless, valueless entertainment, the spiritual and mental worth of which is not unlike the nutritional value of the foods sold at dingy movie theater concession stands or advertised during Must See TV--that is, sadly lacking in substance. Which is not surprising, when we consider the source.