Producers Protest Alleged Anti-conservative Discrimination
TV executives Lionel Chetwynd and Norman Powell have quit the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors over remarks about conservatives made by several of the organizations leaders. The remarks were originally made public in the recently published book Primetime Propaganda The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV by Ben Shapiro. In the book several liberal producers, directors, writers and actors boast how they have injected their political beliefs into programs and have ostracized conservatives. Famed writer-director Nicholas Meyer reportedly told Shapiro that he "hoped" conservatives were discriminated against. In a letter to the Hollywood Reporter , Powell said that the interviews in Shapiro's book and video clips from them posted online seem to demonstrate that "discrimination [against conservatives] is an acceptable practice to stifle divergent opinions" in Hollywood. He noted that the stated mission of the Caucus is "promoting the artistic rights of the creative community." In 2002 Chetwynd and Powell collaborated on a PBS documentary, Darkness at "High Noon," condemning the blacklisting of the film's producer-writer, Carl Foreman, after he was subpoenaed to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities to testify about his onetime membership in the Communist Party. In his letter of resignation, Chetwynd remarked that he himself had "experienced overt blacklisting for my views as a conservative, at the very hands of those who piously deplore the blacklisting of Communists in a former day. As 1950s victim Carl Foreman warned me when I told him I was moving to Hollywood 'Beware the fearless defenders of the safely contentious.'"