11. The Life and Times of Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon, the man behind the alleged alt-right website Breitbart, is generating plenty of concerns coming from Americans and the entire world after being named Chief Strategist for the new White House. It doesn’t take a Breitbart reader long to find a slew of headlines that can easily be considered hateful, antisemitic, racist, and misogynistic. As Breitbart’s publisher, the general concern with Bannon is that he must share these viewpoints personally. Harry Reid, deputy chief of staff for the outgoing Senate Minority Leader, released a statement which said, “President-elect Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his top aide signals that White Supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump’s White House.”
A man connected to content such as this being in the ear of the new President brings a justifiable degree of anxiety and fear to the public. The New York Times‘ Jeremy Peters writes, “Trump’s choice of Stephen Banon is a nod to anti-Washington.” The Globe and Mail‘s Simon Houpt gives a laundry list of hate-fueled Breitbart excerpts while establishing how Bannon will be “the Pravda of the White House and scourge of the establishment media.” Trump himself stands by his choice of Bannon, but he has claimed, “I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group.” In a tweet by the Times’ Michael Grynbaum, however, Trump is quoted as supporting Breitbart as an actual news source instead of simply far right, anti-equality propaganda.