Strange View Indeed: A Review of Ben Stein’s ‘The View from Sunset Boulevard’


By Alex Linder

Let’s start with two axioms:

1) TV is the strongest influence in America.
2) TV is unremitting liberal propaganda.

Most conservative media critics stop right there, content to point out that bias exists. Ben Stein in his 1979 work The View from Sunset Boulevard takes the next step. He goes out and interviews forty of the few hundred writers and producers who create virtually all prime-time programming. His conclusion? Just what we suspected: TV writers and producers inhabit a different world. Their loves are not our loves, their fears are not our fears. They fear us.

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