Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who once called the media “the opposition party,” sat down with a member of the mainstream media on Wednesday, in an interview set to air on Sunday.
Bannon gave the interview to CBS News’ Charlie Rose. Reportedly, “60 Minutes” will air some of the discussion between Rose and Bannon on Sunday night, while longer excerpts will air on Rose’s self-titled PBS show on Monday.
In a promo for the episode on their website, CBS announces: “Controversial Trump campaign architect gives Charlie Rose his first extended interview since leaving the White House.”
For the interview, Bannon welcomed Rose to his “Breitbart Embassy,” the complex that houses the news site’s operations in Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Embassy, a converted town house, has operated in D.C. since Breitbart took over the residential property in 2011. Before that, it was reported to be Bannon’s private residence.
In January, Bannon seemed less eager to associate with television media and print journalists.
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” he told The New York Times during Donald Trump’s first week as president. “I want you to quote this: 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.”
Some inside the White House didn’t want him to do the interview, according to the Daily Mail.
“Steve should take his own advice and shut up for a while,” one White House official reportedly told DailyMail.com. “Now that he’s gone, he can showboat all he wants, I guess, but it’s just going to underscore what a lousy, lousy team player he always was.”
They cite another official as saying, “For someone who liked to trash talk the media, Bannon sure is kissing up to them a lot, no?”
The “60 Minutes” film crew has Bannon in a patriotic setting for the interview. A picture taken during filming and posted on their website shows him seated on a chair atop blue carpet with white stars, with a backdrop of gold curtains.
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) September 6, 2017
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