Norman Lear’s Left-Wing Paranoia About ‘The Right’

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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 mainstream 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.

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  • Truth_Fairy

    I kicked the O'Reilly habit due to his hypocrisy, arrogance and fawning over "important" people.(Hey Bill! We're all important.) Most of the show is complaining about government stupidity, yet when he gets an interview with Hilary or Obama, he acts like the class nerd getting a date with the cutest cheerleader. And how incredible that anyone could think FOX is slanted to the right! Why? Because their station breaks are so daring as to say "Merry Christmas?" or because guests are actually allowed to voice slightly negative opinions of the president? Right after Obama got into the White House, O'Reilly promised to be like Paul Revere: he said he'd warn viewers if Obama did anything nefarious,suspicious or against the best interests of We the People. Yeah, he's really "watching out for the folks," isn't he? Since he hasn't apparently noticed the biggest news stories of the last two centuries happening right here in the U.S. of A, that nobody except the internet is warning about, it's proof positive he's either truly just a 'talking head,' with a low IQ, a coward or is as thoroughly immoral as the rest of them.

    • Don Kosloff

      Fox is not as far left as the rest of the TV networks.

    • Maxie

      Somebody has O'Reilly on a leash, plus he's politically naive to begin with. For Fox and O'Reilly it's all about rating$ and income.

  • Mike Rurzinski

    Norman Lear is nothing but an arrogant stupid Leftist media moron.

    His childish stupid 70's show "All in the Family" only fueled hate through humor stereotypes against the Polish, Italians, Blacks, etc despite his false claim about the show being against bigoted stereotypes.

    He became a rich media moron for pushing hate through humor against various ethnic groups. He's a typical Leftist media moron bigot.

    • Jack

      Norman Lear is a classical Liberal Hollywood/media hypocrite.

    • Stanley Rosnowski

      Mike its true Norman Lear is an arrogant Leftist Media moron.

      Nothing Norman Lear says should be taken seriously. These Media Left-wing supremacists talk about how they "don't like bigotry" and feel they have some kind of moral superiority over most people. A guy like Norman Lear proves they ENJOY ethnic bigotry.

      Norman Lear became a wealthy man creating "All in the Family" which only STIRRED UP ethnic bigotry despite his hollow claims that "All in the Family" was meant to be "against bigotry". Even Liberal Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League said that the bigot character of the show, Archie Bunker, was seen by many people as a HERO and not the bad guy. I give credit to Foxman for making that accurate observation.

      Most of the ethnic slurs on "All in the Family" were against the Polish people.

  • Stanley Rosnowski

    Many Polish Americans during the 1971- 1979 showing of "All in the Family", reported being verbally assaulted by other people with the same anti-Polish slurs that Archie Bunker made about Polish people. No doubt Norman Lear took tremendous pleasure seeing millions of his viewers across the US making verbal assaults on Polish people, that were derived from his stupid show.

    Norman Lear was known to make anti-Polish slurs himself after the showing of "All in the Family" so you know his bigot character's anti-Polish prejudice came from Norman Lear's own anti-Polish prejudice.

  • Tom

    Another Left-wing anti-Polish Bigot in the "American" TV media was George Schlatter.

    George Schlatter hated it when anyone made fun of his ethnic background but he LOVED bashing Polish people on his show "Laugh-In". What a typical Liberal media Bigot!

    Schlatter would mock the Polish people just like the Nazi Germans would in their anti-Polish propaganda. That's amazing since ISN'T "American media" like NBC-TV supposed to be AGAINST the NAZIS? Or does NBC-TV like Nazi propaganda when its AGAINST POLISH people???

    But then again George Schlatter worked for NBC-TV which many Polish Americans joke about as being the NAZI BROADCASTING CORP for its sick irrational anti-Polish HATRED and bashing of Polish people for 50 years. NBC-TV INTRODUCED Nazi subhuman intelligence jokes into the US and RENAMED them as "Polish jokes" back in the late 50's and 60's.

  • Stanley Rosnowski

    No doubt fellow Lefty anti-Polish Bigot Norman Lear saw this and he felt he had the green light to bash Polish people with Nazi stereotypes of Polish people having subhuman intelligence.

    These TV networks in America are absolutely DISGUSTING with their Left-wing supremacists who control them and their UGLY RACISM and BIGOTRY against nations like Poland that has been an ally of America.

    NBC-TV on November 5 had its resident anti-Polish Bigot Seth Meyers make anti-Polish hate jokes about the hero Polish pilot who safely landed a crippled plane, saving hundreds of lives.

  • Russell Kusinski

    This is what Jewish groups think about Norman Lear's "All in the Family" show.

    Jewish groups on Archie Bunker in "All in the Family" and the message the show sends:

    Stated Benjamin Epstein, national Director of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League:

    We do not believe its possible to combat bigotry by laughing at a central bigoted figure who evokes the sympathy of the audience. We feel the show sanctions the use of derogatory epithets. When the program is over the listener has had a good time and he has enjoyed the bigotry of Archie Bunker rather then having a sense of revulsion.

    Rabbi Arthur J Lelyveld, president of the Jewish American Congress wrote that it is teaching our children disrespect for Archie and Edith Bunker, disrespect for blacks and Jews and Italians and people of Polish and other ethnic origins….

    These Jewish American leaders are correct.

  • Maxie

    Lear is the typical smug, conceited Leftist who sees himself, not as biased left, but smack in the middle of all that's good, noble, and the way world would and could be if it wasn't for those evil bigot extremists on the (religious!) Right.