The Washington Post’s Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan writes a blistering denunciation in Monday’s Post of former Breitbart Executive Chairman and current Trump campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon. Sullivan slams Bannon for Trump’s decision to bring Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual assault victims to Sunday’s presidential debate.
From the Washington Post:
In picking Stephen K. Bannon to run his campaign, Trump tethered his hopes to a combative propagandist — Bannon is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, the right-wing website that a Bloomberg News profile called “a haven for people who think Fox News is too polite and restrained.”
Breitbart News’s tone (and its millions of devoted followers) have come to define the tone and discourse of the Trump campaign: nasty, truth-averse and no-holds-barred. There’s Bannon to thank for much of that.
His approach certainly was on display Sunday night, particularly in the surreal gathering of women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, going back to the 1970s.
It goes without saying that women who have suffered sex crimes deserve justice and dignity. Each of these cases has been investigated, sometimes repeatedly, and settled, in one way or another. Bringing the accusers into a presidential-debate town hall was nothing but hate-theater: a counterpunch to deflect criticism of Trump’s own shameful history with women. That history became impossible to ignore after a now-infamous 2005 recording made public Trump’s bragging about sexually assualting [sic] women.
Read the rest here.