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.