My father-in-law, Orson Bean... was once blacklisted as a Communist back in the '50s. Ed Sullivan called him to say he could no longer book him on the show... Orson says it's harder now to be an open conservative on a Hollywood set than it was back then to be a Communist.
This is patently untrue. It doesn't get "harder" to get work than being blacklisted. People like Ed Sullivan were not allowed to hire him.
Yet for Powerline, a blatantly absurd anecdote is sufficient proof.