Priebus ‘Hoping’ Media Coverage Will Change; Bannon: ‘It's Going to Get Worse Every Day’

By Susan Jones | February 24, 2017 | 7:26am EST
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus make a rare joint appearance at CPAC. (AP Photo)

( – Both White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon described the liberal, mainstream media as the “opposition party” at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

And while Priebus said he is “hoping” the media will change its biased coverage of Trump, Bannon warned it will never happen:

“The reason Reince and I are good partners is that we can disagree,” Bannon said. It's not only not going to get better. It's going to get worse every day.”

Bannon said the “corporatist, globalist media” are “adamantly opposed” to Trump’s “economic nationalist agenda.”

Here's why it's going to get worse: Because he's going to continue to press his agenda. And as economic conditions get better, as more jobs get better, they're going to continue to fight.

If you think they're going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. Every day -- every day, it is going to be a fight. And that is what I'm proudest about Donald Trump. All the opportunities he had to waiver off this; all the people who have come to him and said, 'Oh, you've got to moderate.' Every day in the Oval Office, he tells Reince and I, 'I committed this to the American people; I promised this when I ran; and I'm going to deliver on this.'

On the other hand, Priebus told CPAC, “I think there's hope that it's going to change. I mean we -- we sit here, every day and -- and the president pumps out all of this work and -- and the executive orders and the punching through of the promises that he made to the American people.

“So we're hoping that the media would catch up eventually.”

At the White House on Thursday, a reporter asked spokesman Sean Spicer if Bannon’s reference to the media as the “opposition party” was a “branding strategy,” like the one Trump used to disparage “Little Mario” and “Lyin’ Ted” during the campaign.

“Well, I think that’s what Steve believes, absolutely,” Spicer said. “Steve's been very clear about his position on the media and how he believes it distorts things."

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