Will America now have a Pravda?

Will America now have a Pravda?
On deck and on point. (Images: Screen grabs of Fox News video, YouTube)

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take control of the American executive branch, he will have a weapon at his disposal that few if any presidents have enjoyed—a direct connection to a faithful media operation that reaches millions of loyal populist readers in the form of Breitbart, the self-styled honey badger of alt-right journalism.

Other presidents have had strategies for going around the mainstream media. Franklin Roosevelt had his Fireside Chats on the radio, but his broadcasts were sporadic and rarely ran more than half an hour long. Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson enjoyed direct lines to the top at the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the television networks, where they directed their angry Bat-calls in hopes of manipulating coverage.

But in Breitbart, Trump has an international Web tribune for his message. It’s run by the man Trump just named as his chief strategist: Stephen Bannon, who will serve as co-#2 in the White House with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. And depending how Bannon shapes it, Breitbart could become the closest thing the United States has ever had to a “state-run media enterprise.”…

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