Now that Steve Bannon is talking to the media, White House staffers are irate about it.
Reading about the reactions of White House staffers to Steve Bannon being interviewed by 60 Minutes makes me wonder what they are afraid of. Of course, Steve Bannon is going to try to use the media to advance his position. That’s what activists do. His past comments bashing the media are not inconsistent with what he’s doing now. Those comments may have gained him leverage when he negotiated with the program.
The Daily Mail reports, “‘Shut up’ and ‘go away’: White House aides are already tired of hearing from Steve Bannon as the former chief strategist gives major interview to ’60 Minutes’ – part of the media he used to attack as the ‘opposition party’”
‘Now that he’s gone he can showboat all he wants, I guess, but it’s just going to underscore what a lousy, lousy team player he always was.’
Another official added: ‘For someone who liked to trash talk the media, Bannon sure is kissing up to them a lot, no?’
Bannon did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Wednesday.
The 63-year-old now finds himself on the outside looking in, forced out of the Trump administration by a new guard that is squeezing out chaos in favor of regular order.
Yet his relevance as the father of Trump’s brand of ‘economic nationalism’ has him clinging to Trump’s legacy and has the news media unable to look away.
Politico ranked him #1 this week in its annual survey of the most relevant political voices in America.
And granular details of his meetings, including a marathon on Tuesday with House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows, seem to leak to media tip-sheets as readily as anything ever dripped out of the West Wing.
The third wheel at that meeting, according to the Axios short-form news website, was Breitbart News editor Matthew Boyle.
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