YAF was given the exclusive opportunity to sit down with the Bestselling Author, Entertainment Editor of Breitbart News, and YAF Alumnus Jerome Hudson to discuss his latest book, “50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know,” and his journey through the Conservative Movement as a YAF alumnus.
YAF: What was your time like as a YAF student?
Hudson: I was at Florida State University, I think 90% of the professors, and associate professors in the psychology department filled out a study and to their credit they said that they were liberals, but that’s basically par for the course. I helped a conservative group at Florida State with debate prep, and the vitriol, I mean this was almost a decade ago, it was just as bad then as it is today toward conservative students. But we always believed in the values that made this country great and it was always about knowing the facts and just getting the ideas out there and although we were up against a lot of hate and vitriol, we did bring people to the conservative cause and YAF really did go a long way with helping bring out amazing speakers to the campus.
YAF: What inspired you to write your book?
Hudson: For a long time being young and black and a conservative I had often marveled at why there weren’t more people who were free thinkers like me and in writing “50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know,” I realized that it’s because there is a nonstop concerted campaign on the Left, in the media, in Silicon Valley, and in Hollywood to whip up and gin up a web of lies. So what I wanted to do in the book is take 50 of the ideas that are hotly debated today in politics and in culture and just reveal the truths that the media and politicians don’t actually tell people. And so I write about in the book that in 2018 the United States hit a record low in terms of carbon emissions, and in all the time it took me—about a year to write the book—I can count on one hand and I don’t need three of those fingers on that one hand to tell you how many times I actually read a news article that included the information that the United States is actually leading the world in reducing carbon emissions. So it’s a primer for anybody who wants all the information you’ll ever need on 50 of the most important issues facing us.
YAF: What do you think your specific role is in the Conservative Movement, and where do you see the future of the movement?
Hudson: As entertainment editor of Breitbart News, I think I’m right there at the tip of the spear, as is Breitbart news, in actually helping to shape and bring truth to people who certainly deserve to know it because they’re not going to get it from the mainstream media and they’re certainly not going to get it from many of the Left wing politicians in congress. What we do every day is we battle the lies that the mainstream media tells and we get results in knowing that we are in the top 50 most read news organizations in the world, and that’s saying a lot. The Left, I mean their campaign right now, it just couldn’t be more wild and bizarre. They’re trying to oust the President, they’re making up stuff when they don’t have the facts to support it, and so we’re fighting every day—and on the entertainment page I’m just holding up a giant mirror to Hollywood and showing their hypocrisy and their hate for the everyday American.
YAF: Who are conservative heroes?
Hudson: I would have to say Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, and one of my favorite authors Myron Magnet, and I would be remiss if I didn’t say Wynton Hall, and Peter Schweizer, it was a great honor to be able to work for Peter Schweizer in the Government Accountability Institute for years, and I marvel at the writing of William F. Buckley. Ronald Reagan is certainly one of my favorite orators of all time. It’s a long list, but there’s a few.
YAF: What are the best and worst Amendments to the Constitution?
Hudson: I feel like this is a trick question. I have to say that the First Amendment is the best, and the 25th amendment, or wait a minute, the 23rd amendment abolished alcohol, right? Whichever that amendment was… you can’t abolish alcohol.
You can get your very own copy of Jerome’s new book, “50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know” here.