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Steve Bannon. Credit: Carlo Allegri/Reuters
Steve Bannon. Credit: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The Washington political establishment has ways of dealing with invading rebel armies like the one led by Donald Trump. For the last month, there has been a collective glee in pointing out the chaotic rollout of the White House’s executive order on travel, its contradictory messaging, and the unpredictability of Trump’s Twitter activity.

All of that is fair game, as is some of the skepticism about Trump aides. Michael Flynn, the retired lieutenant general who is now the national-security adviser, is under a microscope for possibly misleading officials about his pre-inauguration contacts with the Russian ambassador. Kellyanne Conway, the president’s counselor, stepped over a line when she promoted Ivanka Trump’s fashion line during a TV interview (after being asked about the news that some stores have suddenly dropped the brand).

Then there is Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist. He is blamed for much of what critics see as dark and diabolical in the Trump White House. He is portrayed on Saturday Night Live as a skeletal Grim Reaper with a sinister voice worthy of Darth Vader.

Bannon is almost universally loathed by the Washington press corps, and not just for his politics. When he was the CEO of the pro-Trump Breitbart website, he competed with traditional media outlets, and he has often mercilessly attacked and ridiculed them.

The animosity towards Bannon reached new heights last month, when he incautiously told the New York Times that “the media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.” He also said the media was “the opposition party” to the Trump administration. To the Washington media, those are truly fighting words.

Joel Simon, of the Committee to Protect Journalists, told CNN that “this kind of speech not [only] undermines the work of the media in this country, it emboldens autocratic leaders around the world.” Jacob Weisberg, the head of the Slate Group, tweeted that Bannon’s comment was terrifying and “tyrannical.”

Bannon’s comments were outrageous, but they are hardly new. In 2009, President Obama’s White House communications director, Anita Dunn, sought to restrict Fox News’ access to the White House. She even said, “We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent.” The media’s outrage over that remark was restrained, to say the least.

Ever since Bannon’s outburst, you can hear the media gears meshing in the effort to undermine him. In TV green rooms and at Washington parties, I’ve heard journalists say outright that it’s time to get him. Time magazine put a sinister-looking Bannon on its cover, describing him as “The Great Manipulator.” Walter Isaacson, a former managing editor of Time, boasted to MSNBC that the image was in keeping with a tradition of controversial covers that put leaders in their place. “Likewise, putting [former White House aide] Mike Deaver on the cover, the brains behind Ronald Reagan, that ended up bringing down Reagan,” he told the hosts of Morning Joe. “So you’ve got to have these checks and balances, whether it’s the judiciary or the press.”

Reporters and pundits are also stepping up the effort to portray Bannon as the puppet master in the White House. Last week, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski said, “Legitimate media are getting word that Steve Bannon is the last guy in the room, in the evening especially, and he’s pulling the strings.” Her co-host, Joe Scarborough, agreed that Bannon’s role should be “investigated.”

I’m all for figuring out who the powers behind the curtain are in the White House, but we saw precious little interest in that during the Obama administration.

I’m all for figuring out who the powers behind the curtain are in the White House, but we saw precious little interest in that during the Obama administration.

It wasn’t until four years after the passage of Obamacare that a journalist reported on just how powerful White House counselor Valerie Jarrett had been in its flawed implementation. Liberal writer Steven Brill wrote a 2015 book, America’s Bitter Pill, in which he slammed “incompetence in the White House” for the catastrophic launch of Obamacare. “Never [has there] been a group of people who more incompetently launched something,” he told NPR’s Terry Gross, who interviewed him about the book. He laid much of the blame at Jarrett’s doorstep. “The people in the administration who knew it was going wrong went to the president directly with memos, in person, to his chief of staff,” he said. “The president was protected, mostly by Valerie Jarrett, from doing anything. . . . He didn’t know what was going on in the single most important initiative of his administration.” How important was Jarrett inside the Obama White House? Brill interviewed the president about the struggles of Obamacare and reported Obama’s conclusion: “At this point, I am not so interested in Monday-morning quarterbacking the past.”

Brill then bluntly told the president that five of the highest-ranking Obama officials had told him that “as a practical matter . . . Jarrett was the real chief of staff on any issues that she wanted to weigh in on, and she jealously protected that position by making sure the president never gave anyone else too much power.” When Brill asked the president about these aides’ assessment of Jarrett, Obama “declined comment,” Brill wrote in his book. That, in and of itself, was an answer. Would that Jarrett had received as much media scrutiny of her role in eight years under Obama as Bannon has in less than four weeks.

I’ve had my disagreements with Bannon, whose apocalyptic views on some issues I don’t share. Ronald Reagan once said that if someone in Washington agrees with you 80 percent of the time, he is an ally, not an enemy. I’d guess Bannon wouldn’t agree with that sentiment.

But the media’s effort to turn Bannon into an enemy of the people is veering into hysterical character assassination. The Sunday print edition of the New York Times ran an astonishing 1,500-word story headlined: “Fascists Too Lax for a Philosopher Cited by Bannon.” (The online headline now reads, “Steve Bannon Cited Italian Thinker Who Inspired Fascists.”) The Times based this headline on what it admits was “a passing reference” in a speech by Bannon at a Vatican conference in 2014. In that speech, Bannon made a single mention of Julius Evola, an obscure Italian philosopher who opposed modernity and cozied up to Mussolini’s Italian Fascists.

Bannon’s sole reference to Evola came when he mentioned that a leading influence on Vladimir Putin was Aleksandr Dugin, an ultranationalist writer “who harkens back to Julius Evola and different writers of the early 20th century who are really the supporters of what’s called the traditionalist movement, which really eventually metastasized into Italian Fascism.” The dictionary definition of “metastasize” is “to transform, especially into a dangerous form.” So Bannon’s mention of Evola is hardly an endorsement of fascism on Bannon’s part.

Nor was Bannon complimentary of Putin in this 2014 talk. After noting that Putin’s talk of traditional values was “playing very strongly to social conservatives” in the United States, Bannon explicitly warned:

I think it’s something that we have to be very much on guard of. Because at the end of the day, I think that Putin and his cronies are really a kleptocracy, that are really an imperialist power that wants to expand.

The Times didn’t note Bannon’s reference to Russia as an “imperialist power,” perhaps because it doesn’t fit the liberal theory that all of Team Trump is in bed with Putin’s thugs.

It’s remarkable to see how a single passing reference to an obscure philosopher can be used to tarnish a White House aide. The Times piece linking Bannon to Fascism is being picked up. The liberal Forward newspaper ran a lengthy summary under the headline “Meet the Philosopher Who’s a Favorite of Steve Bannon and Mussolini.” The article claims that Bannon “seems to have an affinity” for the fascist Evola.

A lot more ammunition was provided by Anita Dunn, when she was the White House’s communications director. After she declared war on Fox News, some reporters discovered that she had actually cited Mao Tse-tung as one of her favorite political philosophers. In a speech given after she had joined the Obama White House, she said the “two people I turn to most” were Mother Teresa and Mao Tse-tung. She barely discussed the late nun but waxed at length about the lessons Mao had taught her.

The Mao comment prompted William Ratliff, an expert on China with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, to call her statement “outrageous and pathetic” given that Mao’s role in the deaths of some 50 million people “makes it impossible for any serious person to view him as a great philosopher.” Dunn said she was speaking ironically and that critics just didn’t get the joke. The story was a tempest in a D.C. teapot for half a day.

Here’s hoping that the Times’ effort to tie Bannon to a Fascist philosopher on far less substantive grounds is granted even less attention. It’s not surprising to me that the pugnacious Bannon is loathed by so many Washington media types, nor does it shock me that his refusal to provide news tidbits for reporters isn’t appreciated.

But some standards in Beltway career destruction should be observed. Of course, the media shouldn’t “shut up” when it comes to the Trump administration. But, yes, some listening and some introspection in evaluating the double standard by which they covered the Obama administration would be healthy and would help the public that consumes their reports.

— John Fund is NRO’s national-affairs correspondent.

(Republished from National Review by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Dan Hayes says:

    If the UR is going to republish anyone from National Review, I suppose that John Fund is the most palatable one from a very bad lot!

    • Replies: @JohnnyD
    , @HoodCanalGardner
  2. Forbes says:

    But the media’s effort to turn Bannon into an enemy of the people is veering into hysterical character assassination.

    Dog bites man story. The ankle-biting media is the organized opposition to the Trump administration–and yes, the got the election wrong, and have been hysterical ever since.

    That the NYT attempts to tie Bannon to an obscure writer for the crime of mentioning the writer’s name may be a thin reed, but it’s all part of The Narrative.

  3. KA says:

    “Bannon talked about how he he traveled across the U.S. and met with ordinary Americans who feel abandoned, powerless and betrayed by the establishment. Capitalism has gone off track and has to be saved from itself. For him, the tipping point was the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 and the government’s bailout of Wall Street while ordinary Americans had to pay the bill.

    Bannon’s conviction that the way to a better world sometimes necessitates blowing up what is sounds alarmingly Leninist.

    Ronald Radosh, a social historian affiliated with the conservative Hudson Institute, wrote recently about talking to Bannon at a book party in November 2013. According to Radosh, the guy who is now Trump’s chief strategist proclaimed himself a “Leninist.” According to Radosh, Bannon explained his Leninist tactics this way: “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

    Bannon didn’t mention Lenin in our conversation, but I certainly recognized the rebellious, even revolutionary, fervor in his manner. Of course, Bannon isn’t a Leninist in the ideological sense. Quite the opposite. But his conviction that the way to a better world sometimes necessitates blowing things up sounds alarmingly Leninist.

    What disturbed me the most in our conversation was Bannon’s apparent belief that violence and war can have a cleansing effect, that we may need to tear down things and rebuild them from scratch. He made it clear he had lost faith in Europe as secularism and arriving Muslim immigrants had eroded traditional Christian values as the founding pillar of our civilization. Losing the Christian faith, in his view, has weakened Europe ― it’s neither willing nor able to confront Islam’s rising power and some European Muslims’ insistence on privileged treatment of their religion.

    he power of Islam cannot be stopped by peaceful means. In short, Bannon told me in no uncertain terms that the West is at war with Islam.

    I begged to differ. Yes, we are in a hot war with violent Islamists and in a cold war with nonviolent Islamists who want to undermine secular democracy. But we are not at war with Islam. The Cold War was fought on many fronts, but basically it was a battle of ideas in which Marxists of a social democratic mold played a crucial role defending democracy against totalitarian Soviet Marxism-Leninism. It’s important to provide the same space for Muslims on the side of democracy to engage in the battle against Islamism. That seems impossible if we insist on being at war with Islam.

    Bannon disagreed. He shook his head. After another emotionally charged verbal tirade, he looked at me, slightly embarrassed. Then he said: “Flemming, I hope we can do it your way, but I am not sure.” Author was the “I was the target of Islamist ire for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper. ”

    Bannon is not only concerned about the socio economic problems of the American heartland but is equally concerned about the ‘mother country ” -Europe . He is an interesting figure of consequential potential .

  4. KA says:

    Bradley Burston of the leftist Haaretz newspaper has fired off a volley at the White House. “It’s an inconceivably scary thought,” he wrote this week, “that the Trump administration is simply winging it, breakneck, disrupting and detonating and taking America apart – and all of it without a plan. But here’s the even scarier possibility – that there is, in fact, a plan.”

    “We’re now, I believe, at the beginning stages of a global war against Islamic fascism,” quoth Bannon. And Burston is right when he dissects this unpleasant oration for – and I quote Burston – “not only does it predict the imminence and the inevitability of a war pitting Christianity against Islam, it obliquely suggests that Jews could find themselves a target for US Christian anger somewhere down the road.”

    When Bannon worked at Goldman Sachs, he told his Vatican listeners, he could see “there are people in New York that feel closer to people in London and in Berlin than they do to people in Kansas and in Colorado, and they have more of this elite mentality that they’re going to dictate to everybody how the world’s going to be run”.

    I dont blame Bannon . He is trying to keep his base informed and encouraged . Bannon has identified the problem and he has offered solutions . His fear of loathing of globalist elite are shared by many across the globe but not his religious fervor.
    Banon is not alone who is fed up . It was like supporting Iraq war only to be found deceived and then diverting the anger to the victims or those related to the victims . His failures will emanate from the genre of thinking where previous lies are not challenged but are allowed to build an edifice of lies . This will lead him to war against his own people .People will soon see him offering what Obama offered to the leftist ,Mexican,Arabs,and the poor .

    • Replies: @Art
  5. @KA

    I like this Bannon guy more and more. Maybe he will play Lenin to Trump’s Kerensky. Depends a bit, I guess, on whether one believes in the “great man” or the “historical forces” school of history.

  6. Bannon’s comments were outrageous, but they are hardly new.

    Please explain what you find so outrageous about them. The media clearly is an opposition force, as is evident from reading the opinions shared in the reporters’ Twitter feeds. So Bannon states that accurately.

    He is also correct that they should stop and listen for a moment. (This obviously doesn’t mean to stop reporting.) They are so full of themselves and their opinions–even before Trump took office!

  7. pogohere says: • Website

    Huffingtonpost link is : I Told Steve Bannon: ‘We Are Not At War With Islam.’ He Disagreed.

  8. It’s interesting that the Crossover panel on RT News has been pretty favourable towards Bannon. A few years ago, RT’s position was almost the exact opposite of Fox News. Now there are two mainstream television channels which are relatively favourable towards Trump, Le Pen and other nationalist-leaning leaders (albiet coming from different starting points). And there’s also the increasing gulf between the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post. If anyone calls Trump an anti-Semite he can just refer them to the editorial columns across the pond:

    • Replies: @Karl
  9. Art says:

    When Bannon worked at Goldman Sachs, he told his Vatican listeners, he could see “there are people in New York that feel closer to people in London and in Berlin than they do to people in Kansas and in Colorado, and they have more of this elite mentality that they’re going to dictate to everybody how the world’s going to be run”.

    Trump did not have the gonads to fight for his guy Flynn. Does the idol have clay feet?

    Now Trump had better find a backbone and fight for Bannon or the Jew Deep State will own him lock, stock, and barrel.

    Peace — Art

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  10. Art says:

    Bannon put himself on the National Security Counsel along with the generals and the CIA el al.

    The Deep State objects.

    He will leave vertical or he will leave horizontal – but he will leave – PERIOD.

    We will see who has the power, Trump or the Jew Deep State.

    Peace — Art

  11. ChrisD says:

    To be honest, MSM coverage of Bannon as a master manipulator, a Machiavellian, a traditionalist/far right culture warrior, a shadow figure, etc. all makes him seem more appealing.

    • Agree: lavoisier
    • Replies: @Wally
    , @Anon
  12. Rod1963 says:

    Lets be clear no one with a ounce of common sense takes the NYT seriously or reads it outside of people like Sailer who has made it part of his schtick. It’s a establishment mouthpiece that lost it’s credibility a long time ago. Remember when it pimped for th Bush administration promoting war against Iraq?. That’s just one, though it’s a big one.

    Point is anything it prints is suspect. It’s no different than Pravda or Tass in the Soviet days.

    And I doubt any Trump supporter reads it. They know the paper is one giant middle-finger aimed at white blue collars and middle-class.

    As for Bannon, the more the elite scream like stuck pigs over him, the better I like him. He has their number and knows their agenda and it scares them.

    • Replies: @Wally
    , @in the middle
  13. MB says: • Website

    The fakestream moron media got blindsided by the Drumpf candidacy, campaign and victory due to their own incompetence and hubris, if not hate. Consequently they have no real credibility or authority to conduct any kind of witch hunt like the one they are conducting now, but again. They either don’t know or can’t admit that they got played for chumps and the egg is still dripping off their face all the while they’re busy throwing stones.

    But when you got rocks for brains, it’s par for the course. I am neither surprised nor impressed by their despicable and juvenile response.

  14. JohnnyD says:
    @Dan Hayes

    @Dan Hayes,
    I was surprised when I saw this piece was from NRO. I guess National Review publishes good stuff once in a while.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  15. JohnnyD says:

    The mainstream media has also tried to connect Bannon with Timothy McVeigh. And these journalists wonder why Bannon and Trump are so hostile to them…

  16. There is obviously a faction of the deep state that cannot be accurately described as ‘The International Jew’ and Bannon (and Trump) are trying to overthrow this dominant element within the banking/corporate/media/Intelligence Services complex with their own alternative agenda.
    It also looks like Trump just folded to the NeoCons by sacking Flynn.
    Back to endless wars and the NeoCon Imperial project.
    Depressing….but the next “Trump” will be an altogether more determined and better-prepared character.

  17. An aside on Dugin and Putin. The idea that Dugin has serious influence on the Russian government or Russian society is absurd to anyone who knows anything about Dugin or the Russian government and Russian Society, and has been thoroughly debunked even in English (see for example and In fact, I have a Muscovite acquaintance who is quite happy to propagate any fanciful criticism of Putin that you can imagine (and so often fails to make ratonal criticisms). He is also an old friend of Dugin. When I asked him about the Dugin-Putin connection, he just laughed and explained that Dugin is really just a super-eccentric intellectual more into esoteric poetry than politics and that whenever he has tried to interfere in politics (he got caught communicating with some Donbas rebels, for example), the government has quickly shut him down. As for Russian society at large, if you ask your average TV-news-watching Russian citizen about Dugin, they’ll say “Who!?”, and then tell you all about Zhirinovsky.

  18. mcohen says:

    I hope I am wrong but I am beginning to get the feeling that the amateurs are being sorted out from the professionals.
    I think that the “cut” is in play.a new trump reality tv production.wonder who the producers are.

    • Replies: @nsa
  19. Agent76 says:

    I do not understand why they are upset when the swamp is the same swamp with few exceptions.

    Feb 3, 2017 How Trump Filled The Swamp

    With promises to “drain the swamp!” still ringing in our ears, we have watched Trump appoint nothing but Goldman banksters, Soros stooges, neocon war hawks and police state zealots to head his cabinet.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  20. Maggie says:

    Lest we forget… while running for President – second term – Obama (hot mike) surreptitiously let’s Russians know that he’d have more “flexibility” after the election.

  21. nsa says:

    Who are the producers? Your crowd. Turn on your TalmudVision box today and watch Butt Boy Trump kneel and kiss the ring of the furniture salesman from Philadelphia……..

    • Replies: @mcohen
  22. The media have been aggressive activists for the Democrat Party since the days of LBJ.

    What is new is that Trump, with Bannon’s help, beat them in a race they believed they had locked up for Hillary. That is the unforgivable sin.

    The media will stay after this in full war-fighting mode, often mixing in fake news, until Trump is gone and takes Mr. Bannon with him.

    Much of the country already views the mainstream news media as the enemy within the gates. My this continue until the media old-fashioned repent and return to being Americans.

  23. Wally says:


    Fighting fire with fire.

  24. @Dan Hayes

    Vic Hanson/NR as well has a good pencil every now and then.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  25. gwynedd1 says:

    The media is certainly doing damage to Trump. However they are not doing this without damaging themselves. They are bleeding credibility while the alt-media continues gain momentum, and the younger generation has access to this material.

  26. joe webb says:

    on Bannon a few days agony yours truly: from jewyorktimes of course by the imitable Brooks.

    ‘It’s actually interesting to read Donald Trump’s ideologist, Bannon, next to Putin’s ideologist Alexander Dugin. It’s like going back to the 20th century and reading two versions of Marxism.”

    As an ideologist himself, and a flunky for the Israel-Factor ( the ideological basis for all these jewish wars fought and paid for by the US taxpayer, whose result is a couple million or so dead Arabs and Palestinians, and no end in sight despite Trump’s promises and his judaized take on the ME, and for that matter, summoning Bannon as well, and the Dragon’s Teeth sprouting like dominoes falling from another ideological war…Isis and its wannabe armies of the night…take a breath…Brooks’ reference to Marxism is about as dumb
    as any sophomore can get. There.

    Dugan is a curiosity and a pretty weird fellow, and any comparison to Bannon is slim indeed. Here is a wiki piece on Dugin:

    “In his 1997 article “Fascism – Borderless and Red”, Dugin proclaimed the arrival of a “genuine, true, radically revolutionary and consistent, fascist fascism” in Russia. He believes that it was “by no means the racist and chauvinist aspects of National Socialism that determined the nature of its ideology. The excesses of this ideology in Germany are a matter exclusively of the Germans, … while Russian fascism is a combination of natural national conservatism with a passionate desire for true changes.”[6] “Waffen-SS and especially the scientific sector of this organization, Ahnenerbe,” was “an intellectual oasis in the framework of the National Socialist regime”, according to him.”[6] However, while Communism’s opposition to free enterprise was adopted, he dropped the Marxist commitment to technological progress in favor of neo-luddite demagogic appeal to stop the advance of industry and modernity, and derived a justification for stopping free thought from traditionalism.[citation needed]”

    What I know about Bannon is that he appears to be a pretty tame fellow indeed, just as Breitbart is pretty tame, and also loves the jews. Bannon is a conservative who, like Dugin and millions of folks by the way, has no love for globulism and damned fereigners overrunning his/our country, ditto cosmopolitans whose Ideology is Equality and especially more equality for elites who know what’s best for you and me and The Noble Lie is their guiding Devil…Diversity make us stronger, racial equality is good for you, blah blah yak yak.

    You might think that when jewboy bases much of what he writes about Bannon on a Vatican talk, which I googled and could not find, that he would give us a link…but, no can do, Trust the jew boy who has no Ideology, like a good liberal, but is just a Good Man who wants to be nice to everybody…open the gates to All. More Money for Everybody. More husbands , like the Swedish bitch put it a few months ago….re Arabs, etc. and the Invaders of Europe generally. Have a nice chocolate kid, be nice.

    Steve Bannon is a boy scout compared to Dugin, a kind of Rasputin squaring the circle of communism and fascism and calling for a National Bolshevism. Give him a merit badge, or better, give jewboy Brooks a merit badge for setting us straight on the Bad Man Bannon who works for the Ultimate Bad Man and Putin, the new Stalin.
    By the way, Jews hate Russia for one reason and one reason only….Russia threw out the Jews, And challenges the US semi -hegemon. ( I guess that is two reasons)

    Joe Webb

    Sent by [email protected]:

    Bannon Versu

  27. Rurik says:

    Bannon … … incautiously told the New York Times that “the media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.” He also said the media was “the opposition party” to the Trump administration.

    … …

    Bannon’s comments were outrageous


    how so?

    the media should be embarrassed, (at the very least!) and they are humiliated

    they’re nothing but fake news and a transparent, 24/7 shill for wars and the destruction of this nation in particular, and the West in general. They not only should be embarrassed, they should be repudiated and run out on a rail as traitors and liars and for the dishonest, mendacious scum that they are.

    they’re not the ‘fourth estate’, but rather a ‘filth column’, and they should be scorned and scourged for the rotten snakes that they are

    there’s no lie too malicious that they won’t spew, no war too monstrous that they won’t shill for, no atrocity they won’t cover up and no act of treason they won’t participate in, for their eternal agenda – the absolute destruction and ultimate genocide of people like me 😉

    fuck em I say. Every time they open their feculent faces to tell more lies, they make Trump sound better and better with their every lying breath. The only thing I fear is if one day they start to talk about Trump in a measured or (God no!) sympathetic way. If that ever happens, get your passports updated, cash in your pensions and get your military age children out of this county pronto!

  28. lavoisier says: • Website

    The attempt to destroy Bannon is completely predictable.

    Anyone who does not embrace the narrative becomes an “enemy of the people.”

    History does repeat itself and the establishment in our country has gone full leftist.

    • Replies: @vagenius
  29. There is only one route to take here and that being : Finally realize that they are the enemy, and there will never be any kind of cease-fire, and then relentlessly attack them, throw the KKK including Robert Byrd into their face 24/7 , and every other sordid detail of their double-standards, starting with BC and the silence of the feminists, etc.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and ppr jazz artist.

  30. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Because assholes love treason.

    • Replies: @Wally
  31. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    You say that because you love authoritarian. Otherwise people like you wouldn’t cream your jeans over what a “strong leader” Putin is.

    • Replies: @The Big Red Scary
    , @Anon
  32. Tiny Duck says:

    Someone needs to punch that fascist in the face

  33. @Tiny Duck

    ” Someone needs to punch that fascist in the face”

    Somone needs to spit in your stupid fascist face.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” society member of forty-plus years and pro jazz artist.

  34. @Rod1963

    As I said before, ‘usually what the MSM says, the opposite is the truth”.

  35. @Anon

    Have you ever heard Putin speak? He is quite polite and rather boring. Once in a while he makes a mischievous joke. A simple internet search will turn up a long list of pictures of him making cute faces while cuddling fuzzy canines and felines. Speak of that which you know.

    • Replies: @Anon
  36. mcohen says:

    My “crowd”? not so sure about that.i think that it will be accounting firm style change management and billable hours….uncle Sam as business to play.

  37. I hated the previous administration for turning the country into a homo loving place. Not only that, but we are told that 2 % are homos, then the other 98 % have to live with their depraved ways, and shameless actions? The homo lover Obama, who is supposedly married to one, has not right to even say anything about our present President at all.

    • Replies: @Wally
  38. Anon-og [AKA "Mike Johnson"] says:

    For all of Bannon’s heavy rhetoric about Islam eating away at Christian values, he sure pussyfoots around the erosion of Western culture by Judaism/Jews. The Jew world order which defines our modern era is against all religion, and no coincidence that Jews are at the forefront of both Atheism and Communism. Islam actually subscribes to a worldview much closer to Christianity than it does to Atheism, Communism and all other “isms” that Jews play a pioneering and domineering role in. Bannon subscribes to the make believe illusion of Western culture as a Judaic-Christian creation when those two terms run counter to each other historically. The Zionist winners of WW2 created this false Judaic-Christian narrative, as clearly Jews as an entity(not everyday people) have historically hated Christianity more than any other religion and no other force has had done more to undermine the Christian faith in America and Europe. I get it though, taking on the true Jewish erosion of Western culture would be a task too daunting for a movement still trying to establish itself and find its voice, but there still seems to be more to it as anyone who does a little digging can see the Zionist connection through Bannon’s Breitbart roots and Trump’s family history of support for Israel. The Judaic-Christian illusion was created by Zionists for the sake of tying Israel’s fate to America’s, and erosion of Christian culture will continue until this called out and repaired, Judaica runs counter to Christianity.

    Per this excellent article,
    Straight out of the Horse’s mouth:


    “Let’s be clear: Far from “sharing” one tradition, Orthodox Jews are prohibited from marrying Christians, setting foot inside a Christian church—and we can’t even drink from an open bottle of kosher wine that has been used by a Christian. We reject the Christian idea of salvation, we abhor Christian divine teachings on every subject, and we are repulsed and outraged by incessant attempts by Christian missionaries to bring us into their fold.”

    “Incidentally, we have more in common with Muslims than we do with Christians; Jewish law permits Jews to enter a mosque… but not a church.”

    “To insist that we have some kind of bond with religious Christians because of similar core values, is to propagate a terrible lie. Christians who base their views on what they call the Old Testament, don’t view Mosaic law as an abiding legal text. The Church has abolished Torah law as part of its attempt to abolish the very idea of Jewish nationhood.”

    “Jews and Christians differ on every single fundamental principle—even on the meaning of core Scriptural texts. More crucially, Christians rely on the Old Testament for legal delineation; whereas Jews rely solely upon our rabbinic tradition. We never, ever turn to our Bible for legal guidance, only to our rabbinic literature. To suggest that our Sages had anything at all in common with the likes of Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Carter or Pat Robertson is a slap in the face of 2500 years of scholarship.”

    • Replies: @Joe Franklin
    , @nickels
  39. Art says:

    Wiki: Robert S. “Bob” Harward Jr.

    President Donald Trump reportedly offered him the position of National Security Advisor on February 13, 2017, and he said he needed a few days to consider the offer.

    Harward was born into a Navy family in Newport, Rhode Island. During his teenaged years, Harward’s father was advising the pre-revolutionary Iranian military and the family lived in a Tehran neighborhood. Harward played sports against Iranian basketball and football teams, was popular with his classmates and became familiar with the people and culture of Iran.[3] Harward graduated from Tehran American School in 1974. He speaks Far

    How interesting. There may be a big shake up at the National Security Council after all.

    Peace — Art

    • Replies: @Art
  40. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @The Big Red Scary

    That’s a convincing argument.

    The list of Putin opponents poisoned alone is long enough to concern me. That doesn’t count people like Nemtsov, shot in the middle of the street. Moreover, Putin was an intelligence agent. He has strong ties to that community in Russia.

    Stalin spoke Russian with a strong accent. Somehow he managed to continue authoritarian rule in Russia and even expand it.

    So please don’t lecture me on “that which I know.”

  41. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Reminds me of that awful TV show, “Love, American Style”. Perhaps a rehash: “Love, Authoritarian Style” …

  42. @Wally

    I just checked over at RealClearPolitics. It’s crazy! Trump’s numbers are all over the map, depending on which poll you believe. It’s just like it was before the election. You would think that they would have learned by now where they went wrong before the election and fixed the problem. But no!

    Gallup has him at 40%, Rasmussen (which is Republican-leaning) has him at 53%, while Reuters and The Economist both have him at 46%. (Congress, meanwhile, is at 19%.)

    Go figure …

    • Replies: @Wally
  43. @Forbes

    And how they miss their dear leader,Hussein Obama!

  44. @Agent76

    I’d like to see a Cabinet with NOBODY from Wall Street or the high echelons of the military.

    The administration should be stocked with SMALL-businesspeople and rank-and-file combat veterans.

    Keep dreaming, I know.

    • Replies: @Agent76
  45. Wally says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    Well, we all know by now how accurate some polls were not.

  46. Wally says:

    Treason? Laughable.

    Psst, you lost big time.

    Just getting started:

    President Donald Trump to fill 117 vacancies on various federal courts.

    Hurts don’t it?

    • Replies: @Anon
  47. Denvilda says:

    Julius Evola was not a fascist, never joined Mussolini’s fascist party, and was often quite critical of it. There were points of intersection between Evola’s ideas and fascism, but mostly in the negative sense — both were against democracy, equality, 19th century economic liberalism, and materialism. Describing Evola as a fascist is like describing Plato, Aristotle, Dante, Joseph de Maistre as a fascist. Besides the word “fascism” is way overused, and doesn’t have any definite meaning except to say “I think your ideas are really mean.” Bannon’s comments didn’t endorse Evola anyway, so my take on this is that the mainstream media, and those who try to control the range of acceptable opinion in America, are terrified someone read “outside the lines” and want to make it seem an unpardonable sin. Shakespeare said it best, “Much Ado about nothing.”

  48. @Anon

    My point was that the image of Putin as strong man is simply manufactured. He doesn’t fit the type. There are plenty of sound criticisms one can make of Putin’s government (inefficient use of resources, following the advice of its central bank in the interest of other banks rather than in the interest of the economy, instituting overly complicated and ineffective laws on trivial matters in order to please a certain constituency, and so on). But hardly anyone ever makes them because they are too busy painting the picture of a monster that doesn’t exist. Surely there is real evidence that Putin himself has ordered some nasty things. I’d be happy if someone could give an example. But there’s no way he is any worse than any other leader of a big, overly armed country, and clearly he is much better than the leaders of many countries considered allies by the US.

    The poisoning refers, presumably, to Litvinenko. Read the Litvinenko report. There’s no evidence that the Russian government was involved. (For a negative review of the Litvinenko report, try here: I’m sure you know where to find a positive review of it, so I don’t provide a link. Nemtsov? Yes, it’s terrible that a harmless person got murdered. And right across the bridge from the Kremlin. So the whole thing makes the Russian government look bad. Why? Because they failed to provide security, the thing that they try to sell to people. But it is very unlikely that Putin or anyone high up in the Russian government wanted this done. It would be like Obama having Jill Stein murdered so she didn’t take one percent of the vote from Clinton. In fact, Clinton or Trump could have really used the one percent. Putin not. However much some people hate him, and however much neutral and rational people think he could be doing a much better job, most Russian people genuinely like him, if only because his time as president is at the very least correlated with a major improvement in almost every aspect of life in Russia. And actually, the Russian government does cheat a bit in the elections. You can see this in the statistics. So they have simpler ways of getting the one percent, if it is desired.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  49. Sam J. says:

    It’s entirely possible that the more the press attacks Bannon the more popular he will become. Same with Trump. After all supposedly,”…Just 6 Percent of People Say They Trust the Media…”.

    That is really, really low. It may be to small but it’s true that they have almost no trust or respect at all. If people hate them that much the who ever they don’t like must be the good guy.

    • Replies: @John K.
  50. @Art

    “… that they’re going to dictate to everybody how the world’s going to be run”.

    They’re going to dictate to everybody how the world’s going to be ruined.

    “Trump did not have the gonads to fight for his guy Flynn.”

    Flynn was one layer of abstraction away from Trump. The CEO is more likely than not relying on his Chief of Staff, Priebus, to guide him through what will play politically in DC, and in this era of heightened anti-Russian propaganda, where Russia is portrayed as the source of nearly all evils in the world, the mere fact that Flynn once appeared on Russia Today is ample reason to scuttle him. This is, of course, flawed thinking, as it is conventional politics a la the likes of Priebus that will seriously hobble the Trump administration and ultimately allow the coup d’etat that is currently underway to succeed.

    Word to Trump: Fire Priebus before it is too late.

    • Replies: @Ace
  51. Bozo says:

    Washington is out to destroy President Trumps MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN MOVEMENT. President Trump is going to find himself isolated and at the mercy of the same invade the world invite the world, neo-con scum that led Bush Jr. by the balls into a disaster. But the dumbed down American public and the left is clueless and ignorant.

  52. John K. says:
    @Sam J.

    I think that’s actually Steve Bannon’s intent. He’s a professional political arsonist and a rabble-rouser, irresponsible as all hell, but that doesn’t mean he’s an idiot: quite the opposite, actually, if you look at his bio. He knows that if he can get the Democrats and their media allies to argue-however implicitly-that Trump’s immigration policies are wrong not because of practicality or economic effects or even immorality, but because the US government and public is *not entitled to pick and choose who they want to enter the country*, that citizenship and borders do not matter or are even an immoral relic of a bygone age, he’ll win his political battle with them in the long run. He’s trying to win not through his own personal popularity, but by making sure that his opponents become even more unpalatable, and looking at the trajectory of the Left writ large so far during the Trump Presidency, he might be on to something. (“The Resistance”??? Come on, people, this isn’t Warsaw 1944, for Chrissakes.)

    The Democratic Party is going through the same thing that the GOP went through in their post-Bush II Tea Party quest for ideological purity, with the subsequent disconnect from reality. It is utterly bizarre to see Native Americans being held up as an example of why we *should* have more open borders by liberals. If anything, that is a warning against it.

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  53. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Yes, treason. Russia is a country with which the U.S. has real conflicts of interest, including military. To undermine the efforts of one’s country’s leaders in this regard is to lend aid and comfort to the enemy.

    Lost, yes. Big time, no. I can see from your posts here that you’re fond of the fiction that 3-5 million “illegals” voted, and yet the Dems managed not to mobilize a mere 75,000 votes to three states in the Midwest and Northeast? I don’t think so.

    And those 117 seats that Trump had to fill? He can’t do it without a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. With more Republican senators calling for an investigation of the Russia ties, do you think they’re going to just rubber stamp any person Trump nominates or get rid of the filibuster? Think again.

    Obama filled more than 300 judgeships during his two terms. Trump will be lucky to finish out half of one term.

    So don’t count your chickens, Wally.

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  54. @Anon-og

    Judeo Christian literally translates into Jewish Messiah.

    Since Jesus of Nazareth was a heretic relative to Judaism, and was executed because he was a heretic, Judeo Christian is not a reference to the teachings of Jesus.

    More likely the Judeo-Christian label is a reference to the megalomania of many Jewish people and their political schemes to achieve national dominance, for example so-called diversity and inclusion.

    A lot of gentiles who label themselves Judeo Christian are in fact bible fundamentalist, devotees of old testament morality.

    • Replies: @Art
  55. Agent76 says:

    Here is a very good read and assessment from a long time reader of Paul Craig Roberts. I hope you enjoy his assessment and in depth understanding.

    February 16, 2017 The Trump Presidency: RIP

    Has Donald Trump overestimated his presidential power? The answer is yes.

    Is Steve Bannon, Trump’s main advisor, politically inexperienced? The answer is yes.

    We can conclude from the answers to these two questions that Trump is in over his head and will pay a big price.

    How large will the price be?

  56. vagenius says:

    horseshit. talk is cheap.

    Dear Mr Trump –

    Retreat, Regroup and Charge!

    Warmest Regards,

    • Replies: @annamaria
  57. vagenius says:

    Dear lavoisier –

    replaced “leftist” with “Communist”.

    there, fixed it for you.

    very respectfully,

  58. nickels says:

    WEAR MAGA RED!!!! As much as possible.

    It’s a tiny thing that can add up. Beat the color revolution with their own tactics.

    We must control the memes of production!!!

  59. nickels says:


    That religion where you memorize verses from the Talmud and the Bible simultaneously.

  60. annamaria says:

    “Is The NYT a Failed Newspaper Sustained By CIA Subsidies? NYT Anti-Trump Jihad, by Stephen Lendman
    “The Times represents pro-Hillary dark forces militantly against Trump – denigrating him relentlessly, featuring advocacy, not real journalism. Daily feature stories vilify him, going way beyond justifiable criticism. The self-styled newspaper of record mocks fair and balanced reporting, absent on its pages.”
    In short, the US “progressives,” from sea to sea, have united behind the CIA and Deep State to preserve the status quo.

  61. annamaria says:

    Even more interesting is the openness of the Deep State stooges:
    “A former National Security Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer tweeted on Wednesday that the intelligence community will now be “going nuclear” against Trump…. He will die in jail,’” Schindler tweeted.”
    Cannot wait to hear some righteous squeaking from Reich, Clintons, Meryl Streep, criminal Madeleine Albright, the Kagans’ clan et al, as well as from the editors of WP, DailyBeast, Guardian, VICE news – and other “progressive” loyalists to the Deep State – about the amazing virtues of the CIA. You know, the Morell & Hayden’ kind:
    Nobody taught the pink-pussy activists, led by soft-porn profiteers Madonna and Cher, about the consequences of nuclear fallout. Here the US “progressives” are on the same page with Bush the lesser.

  62. annamaria says:


    “The Post’s report cited nine anonymous current and former officials “who were in senior positions at multiple agencies” who “had access to reports from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies that routinely monitor the communications of Russian diplomats. All of those officials said Flynn’s references to the election-related sanctions were explicit,” the report said.
    The chairman said there are only two ways that intelligence agencies can listen in on an American’s phone call — after obtaining a warrant, or inadvertently, such as in the case of Flynn speaking with a foreign official being spied on, which the report suggests was the case. There was no surveillance warrant issued. So the only legal way the deep state could have monitored those talks was in the course of surveilling the RF ambassador. BUT: “House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes … said “[T]here should have been a process to mask Flynn’s identity… It’s a very high threshold to unmask an American citizen’s name … almost unprecedented. And if you were going to unmask it, it seems like you would immediately go get a warrant.
    If they did that, how does all that get out to the public which is another leak of classified information ?” he added. “Whoever did it, it’s illegal.”
    So the President now has the pretext he needs to go after the moles in the various intelligence agencies without them being able to claim that he is the aggressor, staging a witch hunt with no (or only a “political”) justification.”

  63. @John K.

    It is utterly bizarre to see Native Americans being held up as an example of why we *should* have more open borders by liberals. If anything, that is a warning against it.

    My sentiments exactly. Every time one of my liberal friends or relatives posts one of those joke memes on Fakebook showing an Indian and going on about how we whites are all ‘illegals’, I shoot back: “But look what happened to them! Maybe they’d be a lot better off now if they’d been a lot better about border control back then.” There never comes any reply.

  64. @Anon

    Russia is a country with which the U.S. has real conflicts of interest, including military.

    Look how those Russians built their country so close to all our NATO bases!

    • Replies: @Anon
  65. annamaria says:

    Dennis Kucinich: “Intel community trying to undermine Trump’s presidency?

  66. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    Why do you think we founded NATO in the first place? Just because Russia has legitimate military concerns doesn’t mean that we don’t.

  67. The liberal Forward newspaper ran a lengthy summary under the headline “Meet the Philosopher Who’s a Favorite of Steve Bannon and Mussolini.” The article claims that Bannon “seems to have an affinity” for the fascist Evola.

    The Forward is an explicitly Jewish paper, and it displays the same obsession with Jewish genetic purity and concern with Jews marrying gentiles which all explicitly Jewish publications do. To pick one of many examples just from this one newspaper ….

    “Which of our grandchildren will be Jewish in this age of intermarriage?”

    The irony is so thick you’d need a chainsaw to cut it.

  68. sayless says:
    @Tiny Duck

    –‘punch Bannon in the face’

    Who will bell the cat, gentle duckling?

    Do you like orange sauce, small sweet and fat?

  69. Art says:
    @Joe Franklin

    A lot of gentiles who label themselves Judeo Christian are in fact bible fundamentalist, devotees of old testament morality.

    Absolutely right. The God described by Jesus is different than the Jew god of the OT. One is hopeful and forgiving and the other mean and vengeful. They are incompatible.

    The so-called Christians who pine for the end times and the violent death of the non-believers are nuts.

    Peace — Art

    • Replies: @Ace
  70. annamaria says:

    “Just because Russia has legitimate military concerns doesn’t mean that we don’t.”
    Sure. But look at geography. And the number of NATO (US) military bases re the geography. This is not about “legitimate concerns:” this is about provocation.

  71. annamaria says:

    More on the supposedly “legitimate” concerns:
    “Shocking and insightful videos detailing the neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic, ultra-nationalist movement in Ukraine. The videos examine the ongoing US support of these groups, including the Svoboda party and Right Sector.”

  72. @Anon

    Why do you think we founded NATO in the first place?

    To defend W. Europe from the Soviet Union, a country whose reach then extended into E. Germany, but which ceased to exist 26 years ago …

    Unless, of course, NATO’s existence was to be an end in itself.

  73. annamaria says:

    “The list of Putin opponents poisoned alone is long enough to concern me. That doesn’t count people like Nemtsov, shot in the middle of the street.”
    Don’t you try to pin the murder of Nemtsov on Putin? Do you have a rational explanation to why Nemtsov, Mr. 2%, was killed against the most visually-famous backdrop in Russia, the Kremlin wall? (FYI, Nemtsov approval rating was 2% at the time of his demise, in case you attempt at peddling an idea of Nemtsov representing a “strong opposition”). Perhaps you want to emphasize a supposed stupidity of Putin, don’t you? Do you really want the readers to read your post with a condescending smile?
    By the way, Stalin came to power after the greedy and scheming crowd of shtettl-born revolutionaries cleared the Soviet policies from any scruples. Dare to discuss Uritsky, Kaganovitch, Zemlyachka and others in the first government issued by the victorious Bolshevik revolution? (this government was 85% Jewish). Stalin was indeed Georgian, but many in the Ukrainian secret police during Holodomor grew up in Ukraine and Belorussia. (CheKa was 80% Jewish at that time). By the way, under Stalin anti-Semitism was proclaimed a crime.

  74. Karl says:
    @unpc downunder

    8 unpc downunder > And there’s also the increasing gulf between the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post

    JP is a physical publication, stuck catering to people who actually live here and have to do Reserves duty, hence have no illusions. Money from abroad is just gravy.

    _The Times of Israel_ was created to suck up money from the New York Reform Jews

    They saw how well Ha’aretz-English is doing, and decided to go after the same money….Everyone has the ricebowl.

    Plus, history records that from the time King Solomon built the Temple, Jerusalem was a rentseek to get money from Jews living abroad

  75. @The Big Red Scary

    I think you are neglecting two important facts. One is that there really would be not even a 0.001 per cent probability of Obama even tacitly giving the go shead to murder Jill Stein or some other source of danger to the Democrats success, wheras that kind of murder is well within the bounds of Russian tradition. Furthermore an autocracy doesn’t fear getting a bad name from deaths like Nemstov’s. On the contrary they want them to have aximum deterrent effect amongst those likely to be effectivevin opposition to the government.

  76. Ace says:

    ** Bannon’s comments were outrageous **


  77. Ace says:

    ** Marxists of a social democratic mold played a crucial role defending democracy **

    All five of them. Their names are household words.

  78. Ace says:
    @The Alarmist

    I think Trump would have been better off to have taken the position that a valued Flynn made a mistake, especially in the context of the nonstop circus manufactured by the media and their tools in the Democrat Party. Loyalty and an FU approach, in short.

    If Priebus or Trump himself recommended or solely decided on this action, Trump can now decide how well it has worked and act accordingly in the future.

    Also, it’s interesting to ask what made Flynn misrepresent his conversations with the Russians. Trump said yesterday he was doing his job and Flynn couldn’t have promised anything to the Russians. And did he contact them solely on his own initiative, secretly, and with his own agenda?

  79. Ace says:

    I can’t tell the difference between the two.

    The New Testament God will take a fairly decent Joe and rip the flesh from his bones and throw him in a lake of fire for eternity in the next life if he doesn’t “have faith” in Him. Meliorate the suffering and evil of this world? Not a chance.

    Same God as the OT one, near as I can figure.

  80. Art says:

    Same God as the OT one, near as I can figure.

    If one listens to the quoted words of Jesus – you hear about a God with hope and benevolence for mankind.

    If you listen to the NT words about the “end times violence and doom for humankind” – you are listening to one of Dick Cheney’s doom gloom forbearer relatives who spoke long after Jesus was murdered by the Jews.

    Peace — Art

    p.s. The OT god is not my god – he is the Jew’s god who hates me and looks down on me as cattle. Why would I see that miserable weenie one tribe god as my god?

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Ace
    , @Anon
  81. Art says:

    Robert S. “Bob” Harward Jr.

    President Donald Trump reportedly offered him the position of National Security Advisor on February 13, 2017, and he said he needed a few days to consider the offer.

    Good thing for peace that Howard turned down the job. Bad general!

    Harward did not want former Fox News contributor K.T. McFarland to remain as his deputy, a request the White House denied. Harward was also concerned about political involvement in the National Security Council (NSC), specifically from White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and senior adviser to the president Stephen Miller.

    Peace — Art

  82. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Jesus was a Jew. Why else would he go to the Temple on Chanukhah?

    • Replies: @Art
  83. Art says:

    Jesus was a Jew. Why else would he go to the Temple on Chanukhah?

    In Jew think – Jesus was the ultimate “self-hating” Jew – that is why they had him murdered.

    They killed him once – they are doing their best to do it again.

    Peace — Art

  84. Ace says:

    Thanks, Art. I have little patience to study the Bible and so have relied on sermons and various articles for what I think is the deal. The roast in hell for eternity if you have no faith seems like the authorized version so it’s been wall-to-wall vengeful God whether OT or NT.

  85. kek says:

    The deep state sponsored Leftists got their pound of flesh but they aren’t getting any more. The 7th floor swamp at the state department was drained on Friday by Tilllerson; this is just the start. Watch what happens over at the NSA, CIA, DIA, DHS, and the other alphabet soup agencies in the coming weeks.

  86. Anonymous [AKA "Timmymac"] says:

    I’m on Bannon’s side. Fight to win!

  87. Anonymous [AKA "anomolysstar"] says:

    It’s Bannon’s claim that as a Leninist he wants to bring down the government that are the same as Timiny McVeigh s that bothers me. He is on a much better position to do so.

  88. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    So you’re a Gnostic?

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