The president’s chief strategist Steve Bannon called the media the “opposition party” a few weeks ago, which was worrying to many. What’s even more worrying, then, is that he hasn’t backed down on that stance at all. Just today, we reported that he trotted the moniker back out while speaking about the media in an openly hostile way in an interview with CNN.
Now, here are a few tweets of note. They were just posted a few minutes ago.
Steve Bannon, striding past reporters outside @PressSec office: “the opposition party, all lined up!”
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 15, 2017
Steve Bannon walks by a large group of reporters camping out, says to us, “The opposition party, all lined up.”
— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) February 15, 2017
Reince & Bannon emerged from Spicer’s office just now, looked at scrum of reporters. Bannon: “The opposition party, all lined up.”
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) February 15, 2017
Bannon emerges w/Priebus from @presssec office, spots 20 or so reporters camped out, says, “The opposition party, all lined up.”
— Todd J. Gillman (@toddgillman) February 15, 2017
Steve Bannon and @Reince walk by reporters awaiting gaggle: “The opposition party all lined up,” Bannon said.
— John T. Bennett (@BennettJohnT) February 15, 2017
Steve Bannon just walked past a group of press at the White House and joked the “opposition party” was all lined up
— Kristin Donnelly (@kristindonnelly) February 15, 2017
Bannon with Priebus to reporters gathered outside Spicer’s office: “the opposition party.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 15, 2017
Those tweets are from staff from the Dallas News, NBC News, Roll Call, CNN, the New York Times, and the Daily Mail. Those outlets aren’t usually grouped together in any way, least of all as a unified party sharing any one ideology, oppositional or not, but this is a new era for the press and the people they serve.
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