President-elect Trump’s senior adviser Steve Bannon said the reason Hillary Clinton failed in her bid for the White House is because of the national media that largely model themselves after the New York Times.
In an interview published Friday, Bannon said it’s the “media bubble” that did Clinton in and led Trump to win the election in an upset victory.
“The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country,” Bannon told the Hollywood Reporter. “It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no fucking idea what’s going on. If the New York Times didn’t exist, CNN and MSNBC would be a test pattern. The Huffington Post and everything else is predicated on the New York Times. It’s a closed circle of information from which Hillary Clinton got all her information — and her confidence. That was our opening.”
He also included Fox News, a favorite among conservatives, among the media that have alienated large parts of the country.
“They got it more wrong than anybody,” Bannon said. “Rupert [Murdoch] is a globalist and never understood Trump. To him, Trump is a radical. Now they’ll go centrist and build the network around [anchor] Megyn Kelly.”
Trump’s win came as a surprise to nearly all of the national media. Most national and state-level polls even on Election Day showed Clinton with a clear lead, moving reporters to all but call the race in her favor.
In the aftermath of the election, news outlets have vowed to self-reflect and search for reasons why they misunderstood Trump’s appeal.
Bannon was named a top adviser to Trump last week, after having served as chairman of Trump’s campaign and, before that, as the chairman of the conservative activist news website Breitbart News.
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