One of many liberal failures this past year is giving Steven Bannon and his Breitbart lie factory a pass.
Through my climate science blogging/debating I’ve been familiar with the liar and his Breitbart monstrosity of focused agenda driven hatred and divisiveness based on emotionalized lies - without the slightest concern for what is true and what is not - for years.
It’s the negative impact and confusion factor of their stories that are their only concern.
Bannon more than anyone (well after the Mercers*) is the key to Trump’s success and to appreciating the baseness of Trump himself.
Finally we can learn more about this creature, his method and madness thanks to a book written by Joshua Green, Devil’s Bargain.
He gives a fascinating, if very painful recounting of Bannon’s road to success, and his ingenious harnessing of pissed-off disaffected White Boys and filling their heads with dreams of Burn Baby Burn. Now here we are.
Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship Journalist Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek Terry Gross Fresh Air Interview, WHYY, NPR July 18, 2017 Listen· 36:54 On Aug. 17, in an effort to change course, the Trump team appointed Steve Bannon, the former executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News, to lead the campaign. Journalist Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek says the switch would prove to be a turning point. "[Trump] was headed toward a pretty serious loss, and Bannon brought his wealth of anti-Clinton knowledge into the campaign and managed to keep Trump focused on a target," Green says. Green argues that Bannon's experiences with Breitbart gave him a framework for mobilizing disaffected young white male voters who were attracted to Trump. Without such guidance, Green says, "I don't think that Donald Trump would have been elected president." Despite Bannon's success in the campaign, Green says that the adviser's nationalist vision remains largely unfulfilled. "The kind of tragic, Shakespearean irony of the Donald Trump-Steve Bannon relationship is that Bannon finally did find the vessel for his ideas who could get elected president ... [but who] now doesn't have the focus, the wherewithal, the self-control to even do the basic things that a president needs to do." Green's new book, Devil's Bargain, profiles Bannon and explains his role in Trump's election.Devil's Bargain Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green Hardcover, 272 pages
* THE RECLUSIVE HEDGE-FUND TYCOON BEHIND THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY By Jane Mayer MARCH 27, 2017 How Robert Mercer exploited America’s populist insurgency. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/the-reclusive-hedge-fund-tycoon-behind-the-trump-presidency
* Inside The Wealthy Family That Has Been Funding Steve Bannon's Plan For Years Heard on WHYY, Fresh Air - NPR March 22, 2017 Jane Mayer writes in the New Yorker about Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, who have poured millions of dollars into Breitbart News, and who pushed to have Bannon run Trump's campaign.