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Norman Lear's Left-Wing Paranoia About 'The Right'
Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2011 | Larry Elder

Posted on 12/29/2011 3:56:11 AM PST by Kaslin

They're coming for your children! They're coming for the womenfolk! Then they're coming after you! Norman Lear, the famous television show producer, offered this hysterically paranoid assessment of the allegedly growing and presumably insidious power of "the right":

"I want to suggest that we lefties start laying claim to what we see as 'sacred' and serve it up proudly to the religious right -- to the James Dobson, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Karl Rove ... hatemongers, sheathed in sanctity, and to the Koch brothers, the types that fund them and use them so effectively for their own political power-grabbing purposes. Over the past several decades, the power-grabbing right has built a powerful infrastructure -- radio and TV stations and networks. They've built think tanks, colleges and law schools."

How accurate is Lear's assessment of the supposed power and influence of the right? Is the right steadily forming a formidable alliance of academics, media outlets, websites, etc., that serve as a fourth column for the "right wing"? Even if this were true, what about the power of the left?

Let's look at the mainscream media. In "Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind," UCLA economist and political science professor Dr. Tim Groseclose uses three different methods to determine the SQ -- or slant quotient -- of the major media outlets. Of the 20 most prominent news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, "Good Morning America" and Time magazine, he found only two that leaned to the right: The Washington Times and Fox News.

True, the network evening news shows no longer hold the market share of years past, but nearly 25 million Americans still turn to Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and Scott Pelley each night. That means eight times as many viewers watch ABC/NBC/CBS as watch "The O'Reilly Factor," the top-rated cable news/talk program.

When people like Lear speak of the growing power of the right-wing cabal, they believe Fox leads the charge. And Bill O'Reilly is clearly the face of the Fox News network. But as hated as O'Reilly is by the left, how legitimate is their description of O'Reilly as a right-wing ideologue?

O'Reilly is not even a Republican. He is registered as an independent and opposes the death penalty. He supported -- at least initially -- the Senate's so-called "amnesty bill." His opposition to ObamaCare is based on cost rather than the Constitution. He believes that in "a system where everybody is guaranteed the same health care ... whether you have a lot of money or no money, you're gonna get the same health care. Now, in theory, that sounds good ... but in practice, we got a $14 trillion debt that we can't pay off, and this is gonna add to it, big-time." He wondered how a man can raise a family of four on minimum wage. In a recent interview with former President Bill Clinton, O'Reilly said, "I think I am paying my fair share (of taxes). Now, I didn't mind paying what you had me at. I didn't mind paying you that." Somewhere, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is having heartburn.

Now let's look at academia. Given the dominance of left-wingers in academia, that Lear can even say this with a straight face is astonishing. Let's look at who is teaching our college-level students. The American Enterprise Institute's magazine examined the political registrations of professors at 20 colleges and universities, representing a cross section of higher education -- public and private, big and small, in the North, South, East and West. The study divided the registrations into those belonging to a "party of the left" -- Democrats, Greens or some other liberal political party -- or a "party of the right" -- either Republican or Libertarian. Overwhelmingly, by a more than 13-1 margin, the profs were registered with a party of the left. Many departments had no professors from a right-wing party.

Let's look at Hollywood. Ben Shapiro, a recent Harvard Law School grad, wrote a book called "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV." He interviewed, on the record, over 100 industry bigwigs, including David Shore ("House"), Fred Silverman (former CBS programming vice president, ABC Entertainment president, and NBC president and CEO), Marta Kauffman ("Friends"), Larry Gelbart ("M-A-S-H") and Mark Burnett ("Survivor"). When asked whether there is a prevailing pro-left ideology, if not a left-wing agenda, several major players admitted that of course Hollywood leans left. Others bluntly bragged about their bias against conservatives and the extent of the left-wing messages inserted into their comedies and dramas.

Perhaps Lear might consider the advice the late Andy Rooney once offered to a CBS colleague: "There is just no question that I, among others, have a liberal bias. I mean, I'm consistently liberal in my opinions. And I think ... Dan (Rather) is transparently liberal. Now, he may not like to hear me say that. I always agree with him, too, but I think he should be more careful."

Given the left's dominance in the major media, academia and Hollywood, it is beyond insulting to hear influential Hollywood lefties like Mr. Lear whine about the supposed power of the right. Makes them sound like a, well, "Meathead."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: hollywood; liberalacademia; liberalmedia; mediaandculture

1 posted on 12/29/2011 3:56:34 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

2 posted on 12/29/2011 4:03:08 AM PST by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: Kaslin
“He wondered how a man can raise a family of four on minimum wage.

OReilly is obviously intelligent. Perhaps his term at Camelot in Cambridge has smothered that gift. The Minimum Wage was never intended to support a family of four. Its true purpose was to set a floor on the wage scale for Entry Workers like myself fifty years ago.

There is an inverse relationship between employment and the Minimum Wage,driven by simple economics.

4 posted on 12/29/2011 4:07:13 AM PST by Makana
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To: Kaslin
Where is this vaunted power of corporations? I go about my business and spend money as I please; no corporations control me, none can take my home, none can suspend my license to drive, none can take my children from me for imagined faults.TTYe power of the right or the corporations is unknown to me. The government, however can surround my house with a SWAT team, kill me and everyone inside and then claim it was a mistake. No consequences and, if they aren't in the mood, they can even refuse to be sued by my relatives.

Coprorations and the Right don't scare me. An uncontrolled leftist government concerns me mightily.

5 posted on 12/29/2011 4:14:12 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Makana

I’m sorry I have to disagree.
Minimum wages laws were enacted to allow the unions to compete against the nonunion shops


6 posted on 12/29/2011 4:14:50 AM PST by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: Kaslin
Over the past several decades, the power-grabbing right has built a powerful infrastructure -- radio and TV stations and networks. They've built think tanks, colleges and law schools."

Alzheimer's or maybe he is just nuts. I'll bet on the latter.

7 posted on 12/29/2011 4:17:42 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: South Dakota
I’m sorry I have to disagree. Minimum wages laws were enacted to allow the unions to compete against the nonunion shops

Each time the minimum wage is raised, some unions get a big raise since many of their contracts are based on the MW. It's the dirty secret no one will discuss. When you hear a dem demanding an increase in the MW, they are actually demanding a raise for their union buddies.

8 posted on 12/29/2011 4:26:14 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Kaslin

“... he found only two that leaned to the right: The Washington Times and Fox News. “

So, if you don’t lean left THAT equals leaning right?


9 posted on 12/29/2011 4:37:25 AM PST by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Kaslin
". . . the types that fund them."

Unlike the left, no one funds Rush et al. The sell their products on the open market and people buy them.

10 posted on 12/29/2011 4:45:18 AM PST by synbad600
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To: Kaslin

Hardcore lefties would make excellent members of the secret police. Think of how much fun they would have arresting all those pesky Christian clergymen.

IMHO


11 posted on 12/29/2011 4:46:22 AM PST by ripley
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To: Makana

How does a man or woman work for the time it takes to get married, produce 2 children, and yet still make minimum wage. He or she must be a horrible worker to never succeed in getting a raise over the course of this time frame. No pity here.


12 posted on 12/29/2011 4:47:06 AM PST by I_be_tc
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To: I_be_tc

Norman Lear needs to sell his mansions, boats, cars, clothes, and walk outside and view the world as the other 99% view it.

I so hate Hollyweird.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 5:03:22 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Control the media, you control its citizens.)
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To: Kaslin

If the left could have all of their wishes about government and society come true, I suspect that they would be horrified at the kind of nation they’d then be forced to live in and would scratch their heads wondering where it all went wrong.


14 posted on 12/29/2011 5:11:03 AM PST by JPG (Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.)
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To: Kaslin
lear and his ilk are all GODless and possessed of evil.

LLS

15 posted on 12/29/2011 5:18:09 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS!)
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To: Kaslin

I guess we should be encourged that the Soviet propaganda machine is feeling threatened.


16 posted on 12/29/2011 5:32:16 AM PST by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: ripley

Exactly. He’s not paranoid, rather he’s inciting an unspecified ‘serving up’ against the left’s religous political opponents.

“I want to suggest that we lefties start laying claim to what we see as ‘sacred’ and serve it up proudly to the religious right.

And what if the targeted religious right reciprocates against religous members of the left? Where are we heading then Mr. Lear -ya friggin dumbass?


17 posted on 12/29/2011 6:05:37 AM PST by Justa
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To: Makana
He wondered how a man can raise a family of four on minimum wage.

Responsible people do not attempt this. Don't breed'm if you can't feed'm.

18 posted on 12/29/2011 6:08:37 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: radioone

Over the past several decades, the power-grabbing right has built a powerful infrastructure — radio and TV stations and networks. They’ve built think tanks, colleges and law schools.

Thats right Norman, and were coming after you and your castle in the Hollywood Hills.

Now Norman, tell us all how you fit in with the 99% ?

This clown has more BS than money


19 posted on 12/29/2011 6:16:42 AM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: reefdiver

Republicans, “coming for your children” = Parents over Teachers Unions.


20 posted on 12/29/2011 6:20:06 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Makana

...”The Minimum Wage was never intended to support a family of four. Its true purpose was to set a floor on the wage scale for Entry Workers like myself fifty years ago.”...

Exactly. If a man is trying to support a family of 4 on the minimum wage, I submit said man must be well below average intelligence, is unambitious, unreliable, uneducated, and generally lackadaisical. He really has NO BUSINESS having a “family of four” as he is not capable of supporting it. This woe-is-me thinking is what has put the USA onto the entitlement footing in which 47% of Americans have no net IRS tax liability. It explains the ascent of Barack Obama and the democrat left.


21 posted on 12/29/2011 6:27:26 AM PST by astounded (RIP USA - Born July 4, 1776 - Death by Suicide November 4, 2008)
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To: Justa

“And what if the targeted religious right reciprocates against religious members of the left? Where are we heading then Mr. Lear- ya friggin’ dumbass?”

“Friggin dumbass” is too tame; more like a psychotic, adolescent, childish little punk who grew up in a hothouse of hatred.

IMHO


22 posted on 12/29/2011 6:39:22 AM PST by ripley
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To: Kaslin

As for Mr. Lear’s reference to James Dobson, It is my fervent belief that every hospital should be required to give out Dr. Dobson’s book “Dare to Discipline with each birth. Would change our Left leaning country.


23 posted on 12/29/2011 7:48:02 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Kaslin

Liberal scriptwriters are very adept at sneaking lib messages into their scripts. I was watching this horrible lawyer show last night, Harry’s Law (my wife’s choice), and in the course of cross-examining some witness, the prosecutor mentioned that some people might engage in kidnapping due to the “growing wealth disparity” in the country. Just like that. It’s a neverending onslaught of lib lies and misinformation.


24 posted on 12/29/2011 7:50:44 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Kaslin
What he says here, not repeating it, is exactly what they are and have done.

It started with the Clinton's as they also are Saul Alinsky scholars. Accuse others of what you in fact are doing. It is called projecting and the dems are the best at it.

25 posted on 12/29/2011 8:39:10 AM PST by thirst4truth (The left elected a mouth that is unattached to an eye, brain or muscle.)
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To: Makana

All those who believe the minimum wage accomplishes something positive should be asked why don’t we just pass a law saying that all employees should be able to specify what they wish to earn per hour and their employee is required to pay it. That way we would never have to worry about raising the minimum wage again.


26 posted on 12/29/2011 3:38:55 PM PST by RipSawyer (This does not end well!)
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