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Busting the myth of liberal Hollywood
Hollywood isn't exactly the liberal fortress it's reputed to be.
October 4th, 2012
11:18 AM ET

Busting the myth of liberal Hollywood

By Libby Lewis, CNN

(CNN) -"I know what you’re thinking," Clint Eastwood told the crowd at the GOP convention.

[:10] "You are thinking, what's a movie tradesman doing out here? You know they are all left wingers out there, left of Lenin."

But he’s not. Jon Voight’s not. Chuck Norris either.

They’re the other side of Hollywood. The Hollywood Right.

And film historian Steven J. Ross says that even though Hollywood liberals get the headlines, Hollywood conservatives have had more of an impact on the body politic – building the Republican Party and putting conservatives into office.

Ross, who wrote a book on Hollywood’s right and left, says a big reason conservatives have been able to use Hollywood effectively is simple.

[3:52] "Conservatives have a better story line than liberals. From Louis B. Mayer to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood right has told a simple but compelling story: America is the greatest nation in the world. What more do you need to know?"

Ross says President Barack Obama had a Hollywood storyline in 2008 – with a single phrase: "Hope and change you can believe in."

But then, Ross says,

[2:10] "Then he lost his way."

The historian says Obama should take a cue from the master, Ronald Reagan.

The man who used a single phrase to wipe out a lot of dark clouds to get reelected: "It’s Morning in America."

Editor's Note: Listen to the complete interview above and join the conversation below.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Randall

    John and Drew, you have to listen to the four and a half minute audio portion, because apparently CNN wants its radio reporters not to put a lot of paragraphs into the written articles online. The audio story is interesting, though. Maybe CNN will decide to have its radio reporters post longer stories someday soon. I hope they do, because this written piece wasn't long enough to tell us much unless you listen to the audio.

    October 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler Moody

      Thanks Randall. We do hope you listen to the stories on the Soundwaves blog – as this is the home for stories from CNN Radio. You can also follow CNN on SoundCloud, Stitcher and iTunes on your mobile phone, so you can listen during your commute or workout, or whenever.

      October 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kgt

    ok, so you just outed 3 Republicans in Hollywood. 3 vs literally hundreds of liberal actors that are constantly promoted in the media. fail.

    October 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Drew

    Wow – what a compelling 30 second article which does absolutely nothing to dispel the "myth" that Hollywood is liberal leaning. Maybe put just a little more time into your writing.

    October 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler Moody

      Drew, as the home for stories from CNN Radio the Soundwaves blog is more a place to listen than read. If you don't have time now, you can download the story for later or find us on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes.

      October 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Libby, it seems you left a lot of this story out. Were you under a quick deadline, or what? What a useless article.

    October 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler Moody

      John – we're glad you found CNN Radio's blog, I hope you take the time to listen to the story that's posted. You can also follow us on SoundCloud and find our stories in Stitcher and iTunes so you can listen from your phone.

      October 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
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