Has it only been a week?
It seems like Donald Trump has been the U.S. president for a year, what with all the executive orders he has been signing and the accompanying photo-ops with the mainstream media he dislikes so much.
But late in the first week of the Trump era, the chief antagonist, er, strategist in the administration emerged from the shadows to mock the mainstream media, tell us to keep our mouths shut and, perhaps, to remind everyone who is really running the show in the White House, i.e. former Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon.
As Erik Wemple of the Washington Post put it in a short opinion piece:
Considering that Bannon helmed (an election) campaign heavy on deceit, division and cynicism, we don’t want any praise from his likes. From this fellow, criticism equals ovation. “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Bannon told the New York Times. No chance of that, at least as long as the First Amendment remains intact.
There is not a chance in the hell of the Trump administration that mainstream outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post will transform themselves into Breitbart News knockoffs. Bannon surely knows that. He also knew that the mainstream media would report his comments . . . and help show everyone who’s really the boss in the White House.
The whole affair should remind everyone — except Breitbart News fans — of the need for mainstream press like the Times and the Post, and how some people would like to see them disappear.
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What if Canada announced it was going to build a wall on its border with the United States, and bill Americans for it?
Imagine the response from President Bannon, er, Trump.
Just sayin’ . . .
Photo credit: Steve Bannon is seen in a 2010 photo. Source: Don Irvine/Wikimedia Commons