On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” movie producer Dallas Sonnier joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to talk about his recent project “Run Hide Fight” and how movie creators are branching out and expanding content beyond Hollywood.
While big companies in Hollywood tend to control the cultural narrative, Sonnier explained that distancing himself from that world has freed up his creative limitations and made him happier.
“We didn’t start this fire,” Sonnier said. “You guys want to, you know, shut us down or silence our voices or tell us we can’t make these movies. Well, OK, do it to your own detriment because we’re going to leave. We’re going to treat big Hollywood as Sodom and Gomorrah and we’re out of here. And so we’re going to build our own institutions, our own communities and things like that because we simply don’t see the value in trying to work together with the other side right now, so it’s a real challenge.”
Sonnier’s hope, however, is that even if creators are forced to break away from the mainstream, they can have success that is not dependent on whether their politics align with Hollywood’s agenda.
“Ihopethat,youknow, thegoodfolksat the Daily Wire,producers,likemyself,wecancreateasortofsystemthatwillallowmoremoviestogetmadeintheseenvironmentswherewedon’thavetoworryaboutgettingcalledoutforpersonalpoliticsbutalsowecanbuildupenoughcreativeexperienceandreallyprovidesomeeducationforeveryonesothatit’snotascaryexperience,” Sonnier concluded.
Read more of Jashinsky’s coverage of “Run Hide Fight” here.
Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs at the American Petroleum Institute (API), said in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday with host Matt Boyle that if President Joe Biden puts a permanent ban on oil and gas development on federal waters and land, it could cost 1 million American jobs.
Boyle asked Macchiarola about the significance of Biden revoking the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline and putting a 60-day pause on federal land leasing in his first days in office.
“I think the first four days of the Biden Administration have given a clear picture of what the next four years could look like,” he said. “President Biden comes into office with a real economic headwind and a difficult labor market but at the same time he inherited an energy [landscape] that’s stronger because of America’s shale revolution.”
“We’ve produced lower household energy costs as a result of U.S. energy and less reliance on foreign energy sources,” Macchiarola added.
“The president has a choice to make: He can maintain U.S. leadership and maintain and support our economic recovery with American energy or he can pursue policies that destroy jobs and at the same time increase energy imports,” he further asserted.
“The first few days should concern all Americans because the administration is clearly taking actions that are going to harm the economy and cost Americans jobs,” Macchiarola said.
As Breitbart News reported, shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline will cost 11,000 jobs directly and as many as 60,000 indirect jobs.
The federal ban presents an even more staggering number, Macchiarola asserted.
“The full scale ban of development on federal lands you can bet the impact could be up to a million jobs in the United States,” he said.
The Keystone decision also affects our relationship with Canada and the U.S. economy.
“Two of the major components of the inauguration address and of the priorities of the new administration, No. 1 is rebuilding alliances and No. 2 strengthening our economy,” Macchiarola said. “With this decision that heads in the opposite direction on both of those priorities.”
It could also cost the U.S. $2 billion in wages, he said.
Macchiarola also spoke to the potential for Biden’s policies to endanger U.S. energy independence.
“This shale revolution has unlocked resources that we never thought we’d be able to get to and that’s meant more jobs in the United States, lower energy costs and greater energy security,” Macchiarola said.
“For the first time in 2019 in 67 years [the U.S.] became a net exporter of energy rather than a net importer,” he noted. “That’s a huge deal. And abandoning federal leasing heads in a different direction.”
For example, federal land and waters accounted for 22 percent of oil production and 12 percent of natural gas production in 2019.
“That’s the difference between energy independence and energy security and reliance on foreign sources,” Macchiarola said.
He cited the irony of Biden’s nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior.
Half of the energy produced in New Mexico comes from federal land and two thirds of the natural gas in the state comes from federal land.
API produced a study last year that showed a federal land ban could cost up to 5 percent of all jobs in the state.
“These decisions are sweeping,” Macchiarola said. “They’re broad and they will really have negative impacts on our economy and our labor market at really the worst possible time.”
“If [Biden’s] priority is to bring back jobs in the United States and to grow our economy then they really need to rethink these policies, particularly the policy with respect to a leasing bans on federal lands for oil and gas development.”
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On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, PragerU’s Chief Marketing Officer Craig Strazzeri joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to outline how the organization is navigating and battling the censorship challenges presented by big tech companies such as YouTube and Facebook in their efforts to promote educational, conservative digital content.
“Our goal is to keep reaching the next generation. … They’ve been indoctrinated, really, through the educational system and through the media, and we’re trying to give a lot of them a new perspective that they’ve never heard before and undo some of the damage that has occurred,” Strazzeri said.
While Silicon Valley giants seem fixated on limiting and even removing the promotion of conservative ideas on their platforms, Strazzeri said that means PragerU and other similar organizations are doing something right.
“Big tech is really clamping down because conservatives have started to have some major success, including us and others that they’re like, ‘Oh, now they’re using social media and these platforms to get their message out. We’ve got to silence them,’ which is really scary but it’s also where we are,” Strazzeri explained. “It’s like because we’ve been so effective on these platforms, it’s no coincidence as to why there’s increasing censorship issues. They want to control the narrative, they want to control the message, who sees what, when they see it, and young people, like you said, they have an appetite for and a curiosity for information.”
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss Joe Biden’s new transgender executive order and the implications it holds for the president’s so-called moderate, unifying agenda.
“More or less, what you’re going to see now is endless litigation for the next four years over female privacy when it comes to female-only spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms and homeless shelters, where males who identify as females say they now have a civil right to enter,” Anderson explained. “We’re going to see litigation on behalf of high school athletes, frequently high school female athletes who are losing championship races to high school boys who identify as girls. We’re going to see litigation from doctors and nurses. … It’stheculturewarrampeduptothenthdegreefromthepresidentwhowastalkingallaboutunityandhealingthenation.”
Biden’s rush to push this kind of policy through his first few days in office, Anderson said, does not bode well for his reported attempts to unite the nation and tone down the polarization.
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Seattle talk show host Jason Rantz joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky and Senior Editor Chris Bedford to discuss outgoing President Donald Trump, incoming President Joe Biden, and how American institutions will handle the transition.
One of the biggest shifts following Biden’s inauguration, Rantz said, will be the corporate media’s coverage and role in promoting Biden’s agenda.
“If they go back to how they’re supposed to do their jobs, then I think we’ll all be better for it,” Rantz said. “And we will point to the last four years as an embarrassing blip in the world of national and local media. And that’s frankly for both sides, both right and left. … There were a lot of people on the conservative side who leaned in so hard to President Trump. They built their brands on him being president. … If he goes dark, you’re going to impact a lot of the conservative media outlets that relied on that for content.”
While the Republicans face their own obstacles following the election losses in the Senate and presidency, the Democratic party, Rantz warned, will also have to find its grounding during the Biden administration as the progressive rifts and splits will be highlighted.
“They lost a whole bunch of seats because, I think, veering so far to the left on some of these cultural issues and thewaywetalkaboutbusinesses,smallbusinessesandbigbusinesses,isjustaturnoff,andsoIdon’tunderstandthestrategycomingfromtheDemocraticPartyrightnow,” Rantz said.
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Independent Women’s Forum Senior Policy Analyst Inez Feltscher Stepman joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to reflect on Donald Trump’s presidency and how the institutional distrust he harnessed can be traced back to the Tea Party.
“We have to confront the fact that mistrust in media and in a bunch of our institutions is reasonable,” Stepman said. “Every major mainstream outlet has put out actively false stories about Donald Trump. … Itisacompletemistaketothinkthatyoucancontinuallydrawonthatpublictrustandcreditthatwasoncebipartisanwhileusingitforyourownideologicalandpartisanendsforever.”
This distrust, Stepman said, extends beyond faulting the corporate media, Democrats, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other institutions, but it also encompasses a wariness that many have when addressing establishment Republicans who have failed to enact concrete policy changes while in power.
“I think that a huge part of Donald Trump’s appeal was rooted in that contempt, and again we have an example of a set of gatekeepers right in the Republican Party, refusing to examine their own role in creating the whirlwind that brought Donald Trump to power because I would argue that it was a direct consequence of the contempt with which they treated the Tea Party,” Stepman said.
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, the mayor of Aurora, Colorado, Mike Coffman, joins The Federalist’s Western Correspondent Tristan Justice to discuss his time camping as a homeless person for a week to learn more about the complexities of homelessness in his community and how to address it.
“What compelled me is I didn’t feel like I had a good understanding of the issue,” Coffman said, noting that homelessness is a “growing problem” in the Denver and Aurora metropolitan areas. “I think when you go and visit, you know, shelters and nonprofits and they give you a briefing, they’re telling you their interpretation of it. They’re telling you what they want you to know, and I never felt that I had a handle on the issue.”
Not only did Coffman’s time on the streets show him the difficulties of living in cold, harsh, and often difficult conditions, but it also gave him better insight into the effect the city’s policies have on the homeless community. Because of his experiment, Coffman changed his opinion on banning homeless encampments.
“Denver has a camping ban and has a pretty significant problem. Aurora does not have a camping ban and has a very modest problem,” Coffman explained.
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Jaron Pensinger, a 21-year-old student at Georgetown University, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss his time at President Donald Trump’s D.C. rally on Jan. 6 and how his role as a peaceful protester concerned about election integrity was misconstrued by his peers and the press.
“I just wanted to, as protests are meant to do, send a peaceful message to our government to show that, you know, we want some sort of change and we want our government back for the people,” Pensinger said.
The thought of attacking the Capitol, Pensinger said, never crossed his mind.
“IwasgoingdowntohearDonaldTrumpspeak andthenpeacefully marchandthengohome,” Pensinger said. “I was not there because I’m a white supremacist. I was not there because I support violence. I felt that there were some concerns about election integrity in this past election, you know, with Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and I feel as though a lot of the election concerns were, in a sense, swept under the rug by Democrats.”
Despite the threats and calls for his university to take disciplinary action against him, Pensinger hopes the chaotic events on Jan. 6 will spur journalists and others to hear out the concerns of the peaceful protesters who attended the rally.
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Federalist Senior Editor Chris Bedford and Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky discuss the Senate’s upcoming impeachment trial and what it means for the future of the GOP.
“To believe, one, that you can just fire Donald Trump and this is all over and then everything goes back to normal the way it was, like George W. Bush years, is really naive,” Bedford said. “To think that Washington can make this decision and just change the way the entire GOP voter structure and even donor structure, to a point, is incredibly hubristic.”
Jashinsky also noted that the Democrats’ attempts to exploit impeachment as a means for political gain will not sit well with voters who are attached to Trump more than the Republican Party.
“There’s just a huge chunk of this country now that is so exhausted and disgusted by the left’s attempt to take and to seize this monopoly on speech,” Jashinsky said. “I really think one of the enduring legacies of Trump’s moment in our politics is going to be that there was an awakening on that; not just among the Republican Party, not just among the MAGA base, but much more broadly in society.”
Read more of Bedford’s coverage of the GOP’s approach to impeachment here.
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Helen Andrews, senior editor at The American Conservative, joins Executive Editor Joy Pullmann to discuss her book “Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster” and how millennials can approach understanding their predecessors’ decisions and lifestyles.
“Boomers thought they could remake the whole world, and it turned out that they did not,” Andrews said, noting that certain economic and cultural decisions have left millennials feeling cheated. “They are not God. They do not have a God-like power to recreate the world.”
While most baby boomers have generational flaws that they have carried throughout their lifetimes, Andrews warned against generalizing individuals who do not fully fit the mold.
“It’s about what choices people make,” Andrews said.
She also noted that millennials are just as susceptible to making the same mistakes and should try to avoid generational hypocrisy.
“Something in me really revolts against people who show contempt for their predecessors when they are carrying on the same tradition,” Andrews said. “You are insulting your ancestors for the very thing that you are doing.”