A few days ago President Trump’s key strategist, Steve Bannon, had a combative interview with The New York Times where he held nothing back regarding his feelings for the press, and how the president has been treated so far.
Per The Hill, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Stephen Bannon said in the interview with the Times published on Thursday.
Bannon said the media still fails to understand how Trump rose to victory.
“I want you to quote this,” Bannon told the newspaper, “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.”
Bannon defended White House press secretary Sean Spicer and his controversial, fiery performance over the weekend in which he accused the media of dishonest inauguration coverage.
Asked by the Times if Spicer lost credibility with the press, Bannon shot back: “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.”
In a wide ranging interview on Fox News Sunday today, host Chris Wallace asked senior counselor Kellyanne Conway to defend Bannon’s comments, which Wallace said he found “offensive.’
While she ostensibly was sitting in “friendly territory,” Conway launched into a bit of a tirade of her own, saying she understood what Bannon was saying and described at length the frustration the Trump team has had with the consistently unfair coverage Trump has received from his candidacy to his first 11 days in office.
You can watch Wallace try to get a word in edgewise (starting at about 12:40 in the interview), but Conway was unrelenting.
She described herself as “ripping the press a new one” but her tone with Wallace was anything but gentle.
Conway’s biggest beef with the media is what she calls “incomplete coverage” which she says is much more difficult to detect than simply “biased coverage.” It’s the incomplete coverage that leaves out key facts of a story or simply ignores major developments to focus on the more salacious minutiae.
At the very end, Wallace says “At least you didn’t rip ME a new one” and while he wasn’t personally on the receiving end, hearing Conway’s rant one might think otherwise.
Is she right?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]