Suzan eraslan is a theater director and designer on a temporary hiatus and a reluctant political activist and documentarian living in new york city.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 2017

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” Mr. Bannon said during a telephone call. “I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

The entire interview is a horror, and paraphrases several Nazi propaganda strategies to discredit the free press as liars. This is not normal. It is NOT alarmist to compare his rhetoric to Nazi propaganda, and it is not a coincidence that he is using this strategy. (Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/business/media/stephen-bannon-trump-news-media.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur)

“They're obstructionists. I'll tell you what. They're obstructionists. I go to a meeting with them that's supposed to be a very quiet meeting, nobody talking outside of the meeting. They leave the meeting and they have a news conference about what I said. They're talking to the cameras about exactly what I said at the meeting, which is fine because I say things that I don't mind going out because I assume they're going to do that. But the deal was we wouldn't talk to the press. And they go out and they talk to the press.”

It is unclear if DT knows what the word “obstructionist” means, or if he is merely parroting Hannity’s use of the word. (Source: http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2017/01/26/cable-exclusive-president-trump-sits-down-with-sean-hannity-at-white-house/)

HANNITY: But you want to get rid of 75 percent of regulation.

TRUMP: Yes, I do.

HANNITY: Or more.

TRUMP: 75 or more.

DT then went on to say that with a 75% reduction in regulation, that American consumers would still have the same level of protection.

  • On January 26th, 2017, in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, DT once again framed the press as hostile and dishonest, while agreeing with Hannity’s assertion that the media “colluded” against DT in the campaign.

TRUMP: They're very hostile. These are very hostile people. These are very angry people.

HANNITY: But they also colluded against you in the campaign.

TRUMP: Yes.

HANNITY: And my question to you is...

TRUMP: Well, they're very dishonest people. The media is very dishonest.  I've been saying it. I say it openly.

HANNITY: I said journalism's dead, so we agree.

TRUMP: Never dead, but they're very dishonest people in many cases. Hey, look, you have some very honest ones. But I get stories that are so false and so dishonest...

(Source: http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2017/01/26/cable-exclusive-president-trump-sits-down-with-sean-hannity-at-white-house/)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2017