Appalled at Bannon’s Attitude Toward the Press

Stephen Bannon is your employee.  His title is Counselor to the President of the United States.  You pay him about $176,500.

Unlike your elected representatives, he is not answerable to you and not confirmed by the Senate. He has the ear of your President but no accountability to anyone else. There is no website where you can send him a message, no published phone number where you can call him.

Here is what Mr. Bannon said in a phone call with a journalist on January 25:

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” 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.” . . .

Asked if he was concerned that Mr. Spicer had lost credibility with the news media, Mr. Bannon chortled. “Are you kidding me?” he said. “We think that’s a badge of honor. ‘Questioning his integrity’ — are you kidding me? The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work.”

“You’re the opposition party,” Mr. Bannon said. “Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.” (Source: New York Times)

Citizens have no real way to protest this attack by a very powerful adviser to the President on our press — an institution our founders thought important enough to protect with the First Amendment to the Constitution. The only way I have found to make any kind of complaint is to email “the White House.”  So I did; here’s my letter.

You can send an email via the form at

There used to be a phone number: 202-456-1111. This was shut down in early January by Obama as he was preparing to leave office – not Trump’s fault. So you can’t call him at the White House, although I suppose you could leave a message for him at one of his businesses.

I am appalled at Stephen Bannon’s attack on the American press. My tax dollars pay his salary. He sits in my White House. He advises my President, who said in his inaugural address that “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.”

Mr. Bannon took no oath to protect our Constitution, but Mr. Trump did. I expect him to uphold that oath by championing a free and vocal press during his administration, even when the press is critical of his policies, his actions and his words. America cannot be great without a strong free press challenging our government and holding it accountable to the people.

Thank you for your attention.

Posted in Calls & Letters, Civil Rights, Ethics, President Trump.