A quick refresher. Steve Bannon is Donald Trump’s Chief White House Strategist. One of the men closest to the president*. He is also the former editor of Breitbart.com, a website that has frequently featured alt-right, xenophobic, racist, conspiracy theory-heavy commentary. He is also a racist and an anti-semite. He is also a domestic abuser.
In an interview with the New York Times, Bannon said, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile.”
“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “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 elite media got it dead wrong, 100 percent dead wrong,” Mr. Bannon said of the election, calling it “a humiliating defeat that they will never wash away, that will always be there.”
“That’s why you have no power,” Mr. Bannon added. “You were humiliated.”
From The New York Times:
The conversation was initiated by Mr. Bannon to offer praise for Mr. Spicer, who has been criticized this week for making false claims at the White House podium about the attendance of Mr. Trump’s inaugural crowd, for calling reporters dishonest and lecturing them about what stories to write and for failing to disavow Mr. Trump’s lie about widespread voter fraud in the election.
Asked if he was concerned that Mr. Spicer had lost credibility with the news media, Mr. Bannon chortled. “Are you kidding me?” he said. “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.”
“You’re the opposition party,” Mr. Bannon said. “Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.”
Bannon and press secretary Sean Spicer have frequently expressed their views of the “dishonest media.”