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Steve Bannon: News media needs to ‘keep its mouth shut’ and respect Trump

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Former Breitbart.com CEO turned top White House aide Stephen K. Bannon said on Wednesday evening that the news media is Pres. Donald Trump’s real “opposition party” and told the press it’s time to “keep its mouth shut” and “listen for awhile.”

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Bannon said in a telephone interview with the New York Times.

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“I want you to quote this,” he said. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

The shot across the press’ bow comes at a particularly tense time between the new administration and any media outlet that does not obsequiously shower Trump with praise.

Trump has reportedly spent his first week in office fuming that the media reported his inaugural crowds were a third of the size of the throng that were on hand in 2009 when Pres. Barack Obama was sworn in. Trump has returned to the topic again and again, even as key aides reportedly urge him to drop it and move on.

Bannon spoke to the Times to praise Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s performance in the opening days of the nascent administration, but ended up complaining bitterly about the treatment his boss is getting from the “elite media.”

“The elite media got it dead wrong, 100 percent dead wrong,” said Bannon of November’s election. It was, he said, “a humiliating defeat that they will never wash away, that will always be there.”

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“The mainstream media has not fired or terminated anyone associated with following our campaign,” Bannon went on. “Look at the Twitter feeds of those people: they were outright activists of the Clinton campaign.”

“That’s why you have no power,” Bannon taunted the Times. “You were humiliated.”

When Bannon was asked if Spicer damaged his credibility with the press on Saturday by uttering the verifiable falsehood that Trump’s inauguration was the “largest ever witnessed,” Bannon defended Spicer. “Are you kidding me? We think that’s a badge of honor. ‘Questioning his integrity’ — are you kidding me? The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work.”

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“You’re the opposition party,” Bannon said. “Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.”

“The paper of record for our beloved republic, The New York Times, should be absolutely ashamed and humiliated,” he ranted. “They got it 100 percent wrong.”

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Bannon is the former CEO of “alt-right” hub Breitbart.com, which has become a nexus of far-right conspiracy mongering, white nationalism, feminist-bashing and online bullying.

Trump and his aides have taken a pugilistic tone with reporters since inauguration. Sean Spicer promised at a heated press conference on Saturday that the media will pay “a tremendous price” if it continues to report unflattering stories about Trump.

In a Wednesday night interview with ABC’s David Muir, Trump scolded CNN for its critical coverage of him and urged Muir to take a page from Fox News’ book.

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“Turn on Fox,” he said. The network has covered him “very accurately,” Trump insisted.

“(I)f you would’ve looked,” at Fox’s coverage of his speech at the CIA on Saturday, Trump said, “all of the people that were calling in they’re saying, ‘We agree with Mr. Trump. We agree.’ They’re very smart people.”


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REVEALED: Bolton urged House Dems to investigate Ukraine ambassador’s firing two days before impeachment launched

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Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) blew up President Donald Trump's claims that John Bolton kept his concerns about Ukraine to himself.

The New York Democrat, who chairs the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, revealed Wednesday that Bolton urged him "unprompted" in September to look into the ousting of former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

Why didn’t John Bolton complain about this “nonsense” a long time ago, when he was very publicly terminated. He said, not that it matters, NOTHING!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020

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Lindsey Graham quickly scuttles press conference after being linked to Ukraine scheme

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did not appear at a Wednesday press conference after reports linked him to a highly-controversial Ukraine scheme.

According to The Daily Beast, President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, provided Graham with a letter lobbying for sanctions on Ukrainian officials. The letter was obtained through Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

Fox News reported on Wednesday morning that Graham was expected at a press conference -- but the senator never showed.

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Trump White House sends formal threat to John Bolton — and warns him not to publish his book: CNN

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CNN is reporting that the Trump White House has sent a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton aimed at blocking the publication of his upcoming tell-all book about his time working for the president.

The threat against Bolton marks an escalation for the Trump White House, which has resisted allowing Bolton to testify in the president's Senate impeachment trial. The president himself attacked Bolton in a tweet on Wednesday morning, and claimed that he fired him as national security adviser because he wanted to start "World War Six."

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