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OPINION

Blacklist Returns, This Time It's for Conservatives

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Robert Zapesochny By Wednesday, 08 February 2023 10:31 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Last December, I watched the 2015 movie "Trumbo" on HBO Max. Up until last year, WarnerMedia, which owns HBO, was part of AT&T.

This movie tells the story of how screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted for his political beliefs. Although the movie took cheap shots at Ronald Reagan and John Wayne, this movie was remarkably honest about Dalton Trumbo's communist beliefs.

According to the director Jay Roach, Trumbo's daughters, Mitzi and Nikola, were involved in the movie. According to his daughter Nikola, "The political part was really important to me. He was a Communist. I think it was really important that was stated."

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Trumbo was forced to write scripts under pseudonyms for a decade. Eventually, he broke the blacklist and was able to write scripts under his real name.

The two lessons from that movie are that (1) people should not be blacklisted for their political beliefs, and (2) conservatives should also fight back against the conservative blacklist in Hollywood, the media, Big Tech, academia, and corporate America.

The level of hypocrisy in Hollywood is unbelievable. How can a studio produce a film celebrating Trumbo while maintaining a blacklist against conservatives?

Anyone who doesn't believe there is a conservative blacklist in Hollywood should watch the first episode of the tenth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." In this episode, Larry David doesn't want to have lunch with Philip Rosenthal.

Rosenthal created the CBS show "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Larry's friend and manager, Jeff Greene, tells him he won't play golf with a Trump supporter. Larry gets the idea if he wears a MAGA hat, liberals in Hollywood will avoid him.

As soon as Rosenthal sees Larry David wearing a MAGA hat, he finds an excuse to leave the restaurant immediately.

Political columnist Charles Krauthammer once observed that Fox News found itself a niche market — half the country. The liberal bias in the media led to an outrage that eventually succeeded in the creation of alternatives.

In 1996, Fox News was founded. In 1998, Christopher Ruddy founded Newsmax.

In February 2021, two Democrats in Congress, Jerry McNerney and Anna Eshoo, sent a letter to the CEO of AT&T John T. Stankey to cancel Newsmax, Fox News, and OANN.

At the time, McNerney and Eshoo were both members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which has oversight over the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). This subcommittee also has jurisdiction over interstate communication.

Because AT&T owns 70% of DirectTV, these two members of Congress thought they could pressure this company to cancel Newsmax. In January 2022, DirectTV dropped OANN and it recently dropped Newsmax.

McNerney retired from Congress last month, but Eshoo is still there. Conservatives must fight for the First Amendment as hard as they have fought for the Second Amendment.

This will not just stop with Newsmax.

In December 2022, liberal PBS canceled "Front Row With Marc Rotterman." In September 2022, PBS director in North Carolina Kelly McCullen emailed Rotterman and told him the show was "slipping further and further to the right and it's not necessary."

Reversing AT&T's decision will not be as simple as cutting public funding for PBS and NPR. It may not be possible to reason with these people at all.

I recently finished John McWhorter's book "Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America." McWhorter is an associate professor of linguistics at Columbia University.

He is also a committed liberal who believes this woke ideology is a "religion all in name."

McWhorter wrote: "Citing John Stuart Mill at them serves no purpose; our current conversations waste massive amounts of energy by missing the futility of  'dialogue' with them.

"Of one hundred fundamentalist Christians, how many do you suppose could be convinced via argument to become atheists? There is no reason that the number of people who can be talked out of this religion should be any higher."

McWhorter believes we can solve our nation's problems only if reasonable people stand up to these fanatics and work around them. McWhorter believes that the American people can work toward three achievable goals to help Black America: End the drug war, use phonics to help poor kids learn how to read, and shift the paradigm that everyone must have a four-year college degree to have a good life.

Although McWhorter is an atheist, he quotes Sigmund Freud in his book, who arguably predicted this woke ideology almost a century ago:

"If you wish to expel religion from our European civilization, you can only do it through another system of doctrines; and such a system would from the outset take over all the psychological characteristics of religion — the same sanctity, rigidity, and intolerance, the same prohibition of thought — for its own defence."

Robert Zapesochny is a researcher and writer whose work focuses on foreign affairs, national security and presidential history. He has been published in numerous outlets, including The American Spectator, the Washington Times, and The American Conservative. When he's not writing, Robert works for a medical research company in New York. Read Robert Zapesochny's Reports — More Here.

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