That’s the Press baby, the Press, and there’s nothing you can about it, nothing!

I’m sure you’ve all read the sort of thing that John Cassidy wrote in the New Yorker of January 27, about STEVE BANNON’S WAR ON THE PRESS, Steve Bannon being the President’s in-house idealogue now leading this administration’s Press war. Here in resume is what Cassidy wrote:

By John Cassidy
January 27, 2017

In an interview with the New York Times, Steve Bannon said the media should “keep its mouth shut.”
… In his interview, Bannon delivered a broadside at the press more generally, saying, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.” Bannon also said, “I want you to quote me on this. 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.”

Outrage is evidently what Bannon intended to produce. A former Goldman Sachs investment banker and Hollywood producer who remade himself as a leading figure in the alt-right, he enjoys playing the role of provocateur and bomb thrower. At a cocktail party in November, 2013, he described himself as “Leninist” to the writer and historian Ronald Radosh. In a piece at the Daily Beast, Radosh recalled that Bannon had said to him, “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

To a good Leninist, the very notion of an objective press is a liberal piety. Media outlets like the Times and the Washington Post are merely the ideological arm of highly educated urban cosmopolitans, liberals, and financiers—the “donor class,” Bannon calls them…—who have benefitted from globalization and large-scale immigration. …

What’s new isn’t that we have a President who uses the media whenever he can. It’s that, simultaneously, he has made demonizing the press a central part of his political strategy. During the campaign, Trump’s attacks on the “dishonest media” fired up his base and kept him in the news. Now, judging by Bannon’s remarks, the aim is to portray the media as a political adversary rather than an independent monitor, so that when damaging stories appear the Administration can dismiss them. “Much of the media—not all of it—is very, very dishonest,” Trump told Sean Hannity, of Fox News, on Thursday. “Honestly, it’s fake news. Fake. They make things up….”

Trump is a menace. And Bannon is his eager accomplice. Even Richard Nixon at his most demented never levelled the sort of charges that Trump hurls on a daily basis. And as far as I know, there is no precedent for a senior White House official telling the press to “keep its mouth shut.”

You want to respond to Bannon. And you wish he wasn’t always so well protected in the confines of the Oval Office obediently hanging on his leader’s every word, and that you could tell him to disappear, get lost, telling him that the Press was much bigger than he was, that in fact he was nothing at all!

Well we’ve just been helped to reach the proper response to Bannon. It was there all the time, brought to my attention in this tweet from Roger Cohen:  “That’s the press,baby.”


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