President Donald Trump backed up a statement made by chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday, claiming that the news media is the “opposition party.”
An excerpt from an exclusive interview with The Brody File published on Friday, quotes the former reality TV star saying:
“I think the media is the opposition party in many ways.”
The interview, conducted Friday morning, will be aired in its entirety on the Freeform network on Sunday at 11 p.m.
Unlike Bannon, Trump stated that he doesn’t think that all mainstream media outlets are in opposition to his administration. One interesting note is that he does feel that the media is more competent in opposing him that the Democrats.
“Yeah, I think the media is the opposition party in many ways. And I think that, and I’m not talking about all of them. I know people, like yourself, but I know people in the media that I have tremendous respect for. Respect them as much as anybody, so I’m not talking about everybody, but a big portion of the media, the dishonesty, total deceit and deception. It makes them certainly partially the opposition party, absolutely. I think they’re much more capable than the opposition party. The opposition party is losing badly.”
He may have a point. With Democrats seemingly scrambling to reform an united opposition, the media may be the best organized resistance to what is already an administration hell bent on exploiting American workers and our environment, as well as destroying America’s relationships across the globe.
Trump is reiterating the anti-First Amendment comment made by alleged white nationalist and head of “alt-right platform Breitbart, Steve Bannon, who told The New York Times that the media should “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
During the Brody File interview, Trump continued his private war with the media and spun more self-serving lies about the press.
“[The] New York Times has called me wrong from the beginning… They actually apologized to their readers. They lost a lot of subscriptions not because their readers even like me — they said how inaccurate could you be?”
Actually, the New York Times enjoyed a rush of new subscriptions. CNBC reported in late November that NYT subscriptions were increased 10 times from the previous year, with an additional 132,000 subscribed readers after the election.
Knowing how a free and unfettered press could continue to expose the questionable legitimacy of his presidency, Trump declared war on the media on the first day after his inauguration. On the Saturday after his inauguration, Trump told CIA staffers:
“You know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. Right?”
As president, Trump may find that he’s now not just engaged in a battle with the U.S. mainstream media that may retain some residual respect for the office, but the international press, which is far less sentimental, as well.
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