Friday, June 3, 2011

Wait, what?

One in a series that takes a look at the absurd, unusual and certainly unexpected.

Ben Shapiro released a book on Tuesday claiming Hollywood's liberal bias and which is based upon, in part, 39 taped interviews he'll roll out during the next three weeks.

Another video has Leonard Goldberg — who executive produces Blue Bloods for CBS and a few decades ago exec produced such hits as Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels and Starsky and Hutch — 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 says.

When Shapiro tells Fred Pierce, the president of ABC in the 1980s who was instrumental in Disney’s acquisition of ESPN, that “It’s very difficult for people who are politically conservative to break in” to television, he responds: “I can’t argue that point.” Those who don’t lean left, he says, “don’t promote it. It stays underground.”

Wait, what?

We're not sure what Hollywood this guy is talking about because all the smartest people we know tell us that Hollywood is a bastion of tolerance, diversity and understanding. In fact, people from Hollywood have told us the same thing. And Hollywood was against black lists or something.

We're really confused, now.

(go to the link for some of the aforementioned interviews)


SarahB said...

Well, they are a bunch of actors after all. Bold face lying not really a problem.

Harrison said...

That's why the only movies that make money are mindless action films and gross out comedies. Nobody wants to see Lions for Lambs crap while Hurt Locker wins the Oscar.