Bannon harshly criticizes American media

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, senior-level counselor to the US President-elect Steve Bannon spoke out against the media and claimed that the criticism against him is an “emblem of pride.” Bannon also dismissed the accusations of racism and anti-Semitism against him.
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Steve Bannon, who has already been named US President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior-level counselor, spoke out against the media on Friday evening. “How can you take anything seriously from a media apparatus — paid the amount of money you people are paid — that systematically missed something that was so obvious, that missed Brexit, that missed the Trump revolution?” questioned Bannon, who has been accused of being an anti-Semite and racist.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bannon explained that he views the criticism against him as an “emblem of pride” but quickly dismissed the accusations against him. “Breitbart is the most pro-Israel site in the United States of America,” continued Bannon. “We’ve been leaders in stopping this BDS movement in the United States; we’re a leader in the reporting of young Jewish students being harassed on American campuses; we’ve been a leader on reporting on the terrible plight of the Jews in Europe.” However, Bannon did not comment on his ex-wife’s claims that he did not want their children to go to school with Jewish children.

Bannon dismissed the accusations that he is a racist: “I’m an economic nationalist. I am an America first guy. And I have admired nationalist movements throughout the world, have said repeatedly strong nations make great neighbors.”

The senior-level presidential adviser added that despite the fact that he has already been interviewed several times since the election results, he does not intend to continue talking to the media: “I see no purpose in trying to convince a bunch of media elites who only ever talk to themselves.”

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