Lionel Chetwynd Resigns from Industry Group Over Liberal Bias

Screenwriter and director Lionel Chetwynd, who has been the dean of Hollywood conservatives, has resigned from the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors in the wake of a new book chronicling what it calls a left wing bias in primetime.

The recently published book, “Primetime Propaganda,” by Ben Shapiro, includes interviews with a bevy of TV show creators including Vin Di Bona, Marta Kauffman, Nicholas Meyer and Susan Harris. As part of the promotion for the book, Shapiro has placed audio portions of interviews online, in which content creators respond to questions about injecting liberal themes into their programming. The book also chronicles instances in which conservatives in the industry claim they are discriminated against in employment because of their views. See my post from earlier this week here.

In one instance, Di Bona, a fellow member of the caucus, is asked by Shapiro of the critique that Hollywood is a “one-sided town” and “that only one perspective tends to get told in scripted shows.” “Um, let’s think back,”  Di Bona says. “Well, I think it’s probably accurate and I’m happy about it. If the accusation is there, I’m OK with it.” Di Bona confirmed the accuracy of the comments earlier this week, but said that Shapiro pitched the book to him as a history of television and its creators, not one chronicling political bias.

Chetwynd wrote in his letter to Dennis Doty, chair of the Caucus, “In preparing his book, Mr. Shapiro interviewed a large number of our Hollywood notables on the subject of diversity – not the sacrosanct mélange of race, religion, gender orientation and the like, but a more challenging diversity: that of opinion and policy. The vast majority felt quite comfortable endorsing discrimination against those whose political philosophy was not rooted in the reflexive Leftism of Hollywood.”

Chetwynd adds, “In my years as a member of the Caucus, I worked tirelessly to promote fidelity to our First Amendment rights. You well know, for example, the Bipartisan Political Panels I organized, my pieces for the Caucus Journal, and – now to my embarrassment – my involvement in bringing to the Caucus such speakers as Eric Cantor, Tom Ridge, John Thune and others. I knew most of my fellow members looked upon the political positions of these people as distasteful; what I now understand is the disgust was not for their views, but for their very person. Such people, Mr. Shapiro’s sources make clear, must be silenced and it is therefore proper to make them suffer discrimination. Shame on all of them.”

The book is published by HaprerCollins’ conservative imprint Broadside Books.

 

 

The full text of the letter is after the jump.

 

 

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  1. Dawn says:

    God Bless you Lionel Chetwynd. Your wonderfully written letter has brought tears to my eyes as it is all true. The hatred for those with a different point of view is personal and deafening. Thank you for your bravery.

  2. Bravo Mr. Chetwynd! You are a hero to many of us for your actions and your statement.

  3. Barza says:

    I tuned out of popular movies and TV shows years ago. The tired ideological base and shallow mediocrity of most of the finished product is not worth my time. It is for teenagers and for those who never grew up.
    I always presumed that Hollywood politics consume Hollywood people more than they are relevant to anything else. But as this letter of resignation makes clear, they do affect wider culture and politics with the messages they produce.
    I can only hope that more people follow this person’s lead. Even at a weaker point in a Hollywood career where a professional is more likely to be destroyed by Blacklisting, it would be worth it. Going into business in flyover country is a far more fulfilling life than being a shill in La-La Land.
    Better yet, come to Texas and start a new Hollywood. They’ll love you. (Really.)

  4. They hate us. They really, really hate us. Opie hates us. Meathead hates us. They all hate our guts.
    We brought them into our living rooms every night, we felt like they were part of our families, yet all the while they despised us and everything we stood for.
    Worse than that, they worked to tear it all down. And they’re succeeding.

  5. Les Coffman says:

    Mr. Chetwynd is a better man than I.
    This is why The Finger was invented.
    All the best to him.

  6. Lakelevel says:

    Can we say the word now? Blacklist. If anything this new Blacklist is more pervasive and open than the old one. So what should we call it? Neo-Blacklist? lefty-blacklist? Or maybe prefix every mention of Hollywood with “Leftist” or “Liberal” or “Socialist”. Yeah, that would work. All references to Los Angeles that pertain to film now should be prefixed with the words “Socialist” or “lefty”. As in “Lefty Hollywood has come out with a new anti-American movie called… .” America, you know what to do.

  7. Kelly says:

    The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of the wise man is in his heart–Ben Franklin
    It’s easy to tell this letter came from Mr. Chetwynd’s heart.
    The people interviewed for this book were/are fools. They thought they were being interviewed by one of their own and felt safe and comfortable. At least now there is no denying who and what they are.

  8. Silvia says:

    The Hollyleft talk among themselves and think we all share their views. WRONG. That’s why some”actors” don’t have a career anymore. Producers do not give money to those that people won’t pay to see. But the arrogant ones always think they are right. We don’t forget…..

  9. JDW says:

    I don’t know. If a bunch of groupthink liberal douchebags detested my way of thinking I’d take it as a badge of pride. So, Mr. Chetwynd, take their collective disdain as a proof of your own individuality and courage.

  10. Silvia says:

    That’s why I do not watch TV or go to the movies. Not with my money will they work against MY COUNTRY.

  11. Ann says:

    I am one of those people in the “fly-over states” whose ancestors, family and friends have served in the military and died to allow for the freedom’s we cherish in America. God Bless you Mr. Chetwynd. The very people that these people revile will once again save their lives as those whom they are not supporting turn on them, as they will. They always do.

  12. Joe P. says:

    Even the line-breaks in Mr. Chetwynd’s letter have been mishandled.

  13. Mark Turner says:

    McCarthyism is still alive and well, it just switched sides and became more hypocritical.

  14. Jimmy Arone says:

    Somewhere in heaven, Ron Silver smiles.
    Bravo! Thank you Mr. Chetwynd.
    Jimmy Arone
    Burbank, CA.

  15. K. Sorbo says:

    Lionel, you are a champion in my book. Your courage, hopefully, is contagious to the readers of your letter. Hypocrisy rules in Hollywood. Who are we kidding. It is sick, pathetic and beyond childish.
    Lets do lunch!

  16. Brian says:

    Maybe I’m just early, but I notice a dearth of comments defending all the industry icons quoted in the book mentioned by Mr. Chetwynd. Please do. I wait with baited breath to see how one defends the indefensible, especially after Mr. Chetwyn’s eloquent missive.

  17. D Gorton says:

    Reading this piece brought tears to my eyes. What bravery! God Bless Lionel Chetwyn.

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