Steve Bannon, who enjoys referring to himself as Darth Vader, and who celebrates trolls, is actually not talking to the NYTimes here. Instead, he is telling Americans, via a respected media org, that the media is the enemy and they should not believe journalists. This is simultaneously savvy, disingenuous, gaslighting and straight talk. I’d admire the parabolas going on here if I wasn’t so worried.
First week, y’all. First. Week.
“I want you to quote this: The media here is the opposition party. … Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.”
Why NYT chose to just write this shit down and put it out, I do not goddamn know. The context in which this should have been placed, of course is that these fascists are all on message — the same message that came Monday from a Texas congressman on the House floor: “Better to get your news directly from the president. In fact, it might be the only way to get the unvarnished truth” …. itself an obvious untruth. Isn’t it nice that Rep. Lamar Smith is also chair of the House Science panel!??
Journalists are scrambling to figure out WTF to do now when everywhere they look, it’s 52 pickup in a sewage tornado. We cannot fail in our support of journalists in this new era, who certainly have made/ will make mistakes as paradigms keep shifting, but hopefully will doggedly persist in their essential (and patriotic!!) mission to investigate and report with integrity; to distinguish themselves from propagandists; to hold authority accountable; and to give the public information upon which we can organize and act.