Video: Hollywood does push liberal bias, TV execs admit

Television executives from shows such as Friends, House and Happy Days, have admitted that they have been using their influence to promote a liberal agenda for years.

TV execs admit Hollywood’s liberal bias

In a new book, “Primetime Propaganda”, author Ben Shapiro, reveals interviews with dozens of leading Hollywood executives openly declaring that they have used high profile shows to “shape America” according to their liberal image.

Mr Shapiro said: “Television has been perhaps the most impressive weapon” in pushing liberal issues.

Sesame Street

He adds that even seemingly harmless shows like Happy Days and Sesame Street have been used to advance a progressive agenda.

In one interview, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman acknowledges she, “Put together a staff of mostly liberal people” for her show.

Mr Shapiro said that Friends has been criticised for taking a consistently liberal tack with regards to issues such as same-sex marriage.

She responded: “How could it not? I mean, you have a bunch of liberals running the show.”


She added, “we’re going to put out there what we believe. These characters mirror who we are.”

Mr Shapiro says the executives were open with him because they incorrectly assumed he was liberal himself.

Golden Girls creator, Susan Harris, criticised people with traditional values describing them as “idiots” and of having “medieval minds.”


And said the band of conservatives seems to be shrinking because: “At least, you know, we put Obama in office, and so people, I think, are getting – have gotten – a little bit smarter.”

At the end of last year Phil Collinson, Coronation Street’s homosexual producer, admitted to using the popular soap as a platform for pushing homosexual issues.

He told The Sun in December, it is “an amazing platform” that really makes “a difference to the way people think”.


He said: “What’s transmitted on Monday night people talk about in pubs, clubs and at work the next day.

“You can really make a difference to the way people think – and this show has always had a gay sensibility.”

In 2008 it emerged that mainstream soaps were being lobbied by groups to present their issues in storylines.


Stonewall, the homosexual lobby group, told The Guardian newspaper it had managed to get a character from Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks to wear a homosexual campaign T-shirt.

“One of our key priorities is to promote fair coverage of lesbian and gay people in the media and we work with programme makers to reflect this,” said Gary Nunn, a communications officer at Stonewall.