Editors’ Note: Launching today and running until the final general election results come in, the Deadline ElectionLine podcast spotlights the 2024 campaign and the blurred lines between politics and entertainment in America. Hosted by Washington bureau chief Ted Johnson and senior editor Dominic Patten, the podcast features commentary and interviews with top lawmakers and entertainment figures. Of course, you can follow all the action in Biden v. Trump 2.0 and more on the ElectionLine hub on Deadline.
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The pace and intermingling of politics and entertainment in America today is so full tilt that you can easily lose perspective and be caught in an endless spin cycle. ElectionLine is where we seek a wider view on what’s going and talk to influential players on both sides of the aisle.
Our guest on our kickoff podcast is Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who is leading in the polls in the race for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s old seat in the U.S. Senate this year. Serving in the House since 2001, Schiff’s district includes areas of Burbank and Hollywood, the home of many studios and the entertainment workforce.
“I think the fight that the actors and the writers and others were engaged in is really a national struggle for working people everywhere,” Schiff said. “The people that make the magic happen on the screen they ought to be compensated.”
“So, I think making our economy work for people is really part and parcel of saving our democracy.”
Schiff also talks about Donald Trump, deepfakes and the AI revolution, as well as why he thinks it’s time to modify or roll back immunity protections for Big Tech-owners of social media. Out on the lines last summer, Schiff also has something to say about future potential entertainment industry strikes this year, and keeping middle class jobs in California through the state’s lucrative film and TV tax credits.
Also on the podcast: There’s the Super Bowl and Taylor Swift — two giants of American life.
Coming off a week where a much indicted former president is fighting in the Supreme Court to stay on the ballot in Colorado and perhaps other states, and the incumbent president had to assert before the nation he is not a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” the MAGA crowd’s obsession with Swift conspiracy theories may seem like a bad joke.
If it really is a joke, it’s starting not to be anywhere near funny anymore.
Long story short: A plethora of pundits and activists on the far-right have been doom-pledging a scenario where Swift takes the field after the Kansas City Chiefs (which includes her boyfriend Travis Kelce) beat the San Francisco 49ers at the Super Bowl on February 11. In front of the biggest TV audience all year, and in one of the most successful psy-ops ever, Deep State asset Swift would then announce her support for Joe Biden and unleash her army of voting age Swifties to carry the incumbent Democrat to another four years in the White House.
Makes the best of The X-Files look tame and lame, right? Well, listen to today’s podcast — to borrow a bit from Ronald Reagan: “You ain’t heard nothing yet.”
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