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Stephen K. Bannon Fights Back With "War Room: Impeachment"

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on November 1, 2019 07:23

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Stephen K. Bannon realized the need for alternative coverage of the impeachment of President Trump and has created a daily broadcast which offers both fascinating radio entertainment as well as insightful political analysis from Washington insiders.

The House's Halloween vote to begin the impeachment of President Trump confirms Democratic Party election strategy until November 3rd, 2020 will be "Impeachment, Impeachment, Impeachment!"

Recent election results in Kentucky and Virginia have shown just how effective this strategy can be at dividing Republicans and energizing Democrats.

Just as the Kavanaugh hearings helped win back the House by motivating women voters against men--yet cost Democrats control of the Senate when the GOP actually fought back--so impeachment could help Republicans win back the House and keep the Senate, provided they fight back equally hard this time.

One person who realizes this is Stephen K. Bannon, who has established a website and daily podcast called War Room: Impeachment. Episode One aired October 22, 2019.

Bannon's daily show features analysis from Breitbart UK's Raheem Kassam and Trump 2016 spokesman Jason Miller, in addition to guests like former Trump White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and pollster Scott Rasmussen.

Every day Bannon and his crew dissect developments in the impeachment saga...simultaneously serving as a clearinghouse for information coming out of Capitol Hill, and an alternative to the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR and PBS.

In this respect, the show is reminiscent of the birth of NPR News and the PBS Newshour in gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Senate Watergate Hearings in 1973...coverage which eventually led to President Nixon's resignation.

Bannon recognizes that there is a shortage of serious analysis and commentary from informed first-hand experts in pro-Trump media. His one-hour broadcast is an attempt to fill this gap, and perhaps create conditions precisely opposite to Watergate--to use impeachment as a hammer to smash the Washington Establishment of Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans like Mitt Romney.

I've listened to several shows and am impressed. It seems like an honest discussion of the day's developments and presents a smorgasbord of reactions and analysis live and in real-time...much like the original McNeill-Lehrer broadcasts.

Putting Bannon's strategy sessions live online for all to read and hear makes leaking impossible, perhaps one of his intentions.

Raheem Kassam has a British accent, which might attract PBS/NPR audiences...and the speakers are actually participants in the Washington drama--which makes every show exciting, and a bit unpredictable.

The debate and discussion format makes the program an X-ray into Bannon's brain, a window into Washington politics that is badly needed.

It provides real news, not "Fake News," as Bannon often can be heard thinking out loud about next steps to defend President Donald J. Trump (a man who fired and publicly insulted him on Twitter).

In my opinion, "War Room: Impeachment" needs to be expanded ASAP, to include gavel-to-gavel, and eventually to become a full-time alternative to NPR News.

In the meantime, even Democrats might enjoy listening to Bannon's freewheeling bull sessions every morning on "War Room: Impeachment" -- as a palate cleanser, after swallowing their daily doses of "All Things Considered."

 

 

 

 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on November 1, 2019 07:23

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