The American conservative media giant Breitbart News published a column in which the website’s owner, Stephen Bannon, argued that the media was not in the “blame game” for Trump’s election win.
Bannon was referring to the fact that the mainstream media has repeatedly failed to investigate claims that Russia was behind hacking and leaking emails from the Democratic National Committee and other political entities, as well as a number of Republican candidates, according to Breitbart.
He was also referring to a number that he suggested were made by the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the lead up to the election.
“The media is not in charge of this stuff,” Bannon wrote.
“The media’s job is to get the president elected, to make sure the president’s policies get implemented and to defend the president.”
Trump’s victory has been hailed by the right-wing media as a major victory for Trumpism.
But for many Democrats and others, Bannon’s comments are seen as a reflection of his views on the media and the way it operates.
“Bannon is the founder and chairman of Breitbart News.
He has spent years attacking the mainstream press, attacking media figures, and attacking reporters for their integrity,” Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said in a statement.
“It is clear that the CEO of Breitbart, and the president himself, agree with him on one thing: that the left is the enemy of the American people.”
Ellison added that he has not spoken to Bannon about his remarks, and that “his words do not represent the views of Breitbart.”
But some Democratic lawmakers have criticized Bannon’s comment.
“What he was doing was pointing out that we were in the midst of a political and cultural revolution in which so many people had grown up thinking, ‘If you go against me, you’re going to be the next president of the United States,'” Rep. John Conyers, D of Michigan, said on CNN.
“And I think there are many, many people who are upset about that, and I’m sure there are others who think he should be fired.”CNN’s Chris Cuomo contributed to this report.