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Bannon: Media Trying To 'Destroy' Trump

| by Robert Fowler
Former White House chief strategist Stephen BannonFormer White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has accused mainstream media outlets of attempting to sabotage President Donald Trump. Bannon, who heads his own news platform, also said he believed Trump's Twitter usage was sufficiently presidential.

On Sept. 10, Bannon asserted that Trump's polarizing social media habits were advancing his agenda while circumventing media outlets.

"I think what [Trump] does on Twitter is extraordinary," Bannon told CBS News' "60 Minutes."

"He disintermediates the media," Bannon continued. "He goes above their head and talks directly to the American people... I don't think he needs -- The Washington Post and The New York Times and CBS News. And I don't think believe he thinks that they're looking out for what's in his best interest, OK?"

The former White House strategist asserted that media criticism of Trump's Twitter missives were "just standard in judgment that you can rain down upon him in the effort to destroy Donald Trump."

Bannon predicted that no one would be able to convince Trump to curb his Twitter use.

"He's not gonna stop ... It's Donald Trump talking directly to the American people," Bannon said. "And to say something else, you're gonna get some good there. And every now and again you're gonna get some less good, OK? But you're just gonna have to live with it."

On Aug. 17, a Marist Poll found that 72 percent of national adults believed that Trump's tweets were reckless and distracting while 20 percent said they were effective and informative, USA Today reports.

On Aug. 28, an Economist/YouGov survey found that self-identified Trump supporters were more likely to distrust trade outlets. While 43 percent of the general public believed The New York Times was trustworthy, only 12 percent of Trump voters agreed. Of those polled, 41 percent said they trusted The Washington Post while only 14 percent of Trump supporters agreed, according to the Washington Examiner.

Meanwhile, only 15 percent of the general public said that Breitbart News was trustworthy while 33 percent of Trump voters believed the media outlet was on the level.

In August 2016, Bannon left his position as the head of Breitbart to work as the Trump campaign CEO. Following the November 2016 election, Bannon was appointed Trump's chief strategist. On Aug. 18, Bannon resigned from the White House and returned to Breitbart, The Guardian reports.

On Feb. 23, Bannon voiced his disdain for media outlets that gave critical coverage of Trump during a panel at Conservative Political Action Conference.

"They're corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed -- adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has," Bannon said, reports The Washington Post.

Sources: CBS News, The GuardianUSA TodayWashington Examiner, The Washington Post / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Michael Vadon/Flickr

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