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PBS 'Frontline' Director Wrongly Claims 7-Year Navy Vet Steve Bannon Had Zero Military Experience
Newsbusters.org ^ | May 24, 2017 | Tim Graham

Posted on 05/24/2017 2:27:44 PM PDT by Kaslin

On Tuesday night, the leftish PBS documentary series Frontline aired a documentary titled “Bannon’s War” which seemed awfully reminscent of their anti-Cheney documentary suggestively titled “The Dark Side.” If you’re not a liberal PBS fanatic, it was another boring and predictable slog, attacking Bannon and Trump with lots of black and white photos and scary-sounding orchestral music.

It was more eye-opening to see the Frontline director and writer Michael Kirk appearing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to promote his anti-Bannon film on Tuesday morning, where made a flat-out false statement about Bannon’s resume, saying “He’d never been in the military.” What? Even Kirk's attack film discussed Bannon’s seven years in the Navy. But this is what Kirk said on C-SPAN:

PBS 'Frontline' Director Wrongly Claims Steve Bannon Had No Military Experience

PEDRO ECHEVARRIA: He’s listed as a chief strategist, but you saw what happened the first time around, when the Republicans introduced health care, you saw the travel ban, legal challenges, did that bruise Steve Bannon in a sense?

MICHAEL KIRK: I can’t imagine that it did not. You also didn’t mention that Trump, after the CPAC and all the headlines and the Saturday Night Live, also removed Bannon from the National Security Council, where he really didn’t belong based on his credentials. He’d never been in the military. He’d never had any national security clearances or anything else, so it was a little odd that he was there, but he was removed unceremoniously.

Earlier: Kirk also compared Bannon to a Kamikaze and Marxist guerrilla/killer Che Guevara:

KIRK: Bannon’s philosophy has been chaos and disruption, and that worked very well to get Trump elected. They came promising they would break the administrative state, they would create chaos and disruption all over Washington, they would drain the swamp, and I think when it seemed to be working, Kushner was with him and Ivanka was with him for that time. But Bannon is a little like a Kamikaze, or Che Guevara to Fidel Castro. Those people don’t last very long once you assume the problems of governing.

This is where Kirk’s thesis broke down: he assumed Bannon would be thrown out by the time this film aired in May, and when it didn’t happen, they had to rewrite the script to meet reality. “I thought at the time we were finishing the film, I thought, well, we now have the end of our film, which is Kamikaze insurgent comes to Washington and works inside the government, lasts about a month.”

Oops.

Kirk also referred to Bannon (and Jeff Sessions) as a surprising “super fringe group of people” who burrowed into the government.

KIRK: I’ve been watching presidents since Jimmy Carter, and every administration has this fight. What most administrations have not had is the super fringe group of people like, and someone like Steve Bannon, who get you elected – but to stay inside the government and be vital inside the government in the West Wing is an extremely rare thing. Bannon brought three or four people – Jeff Sessions is the Attorney General, they were all a team once, and that is unusual in my view of White Houses. There are people in that Oval Office who were the former radicals, the outsiders, the fringe people who are in the West Wing! It’s interesting to watch and see how long they can last and how long they can withstand forces that have come on every sitting president, to get more to the center, to get more even to the globalist perspective the world is operating under and has been for a number of years.

And yet after all this left-wing Bannon-bashing, Kirk insists his PBS team is fair and balanced and upset Obama, too. (This may be true, because unlike Republicans, Democrats expect to be coddled by PBS):

KIRK: I think we probably made eleven films about the George W. Bush administration, the Iraq war, the torture issues, other things like that. We made eight films about the Obama administration, equally, I think touching raw nerves here and there. And here we are now making our second, really third film [on Trump]. We made a film called “The Choice,” which was the biography, the woven biography of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump back last September. So this is the third film of what will probably be nine or ten or twelve films over the next four to eight years, depending on how long the Trump administration lasts. We’re here for serious, long-form journalism – the high road, the sort of 30,000 foot view, not above the fray of politics, but to get down in there are see how do all these dots connect?

I don’t think Steve Bannon or conservatives in general would think these attacks on Bannon can be called “the high road,” and it’s certainly not above the fray of politics. But this film got a thumbs-up from the lefties at Salon.com: "Nothing in this Frontline version of Bannon’s biography affords a glimpse of humanity or warmth in the man, and perhaps that is for the best."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016presidential; bannon; bannonbio; campaigns; fakenews; frontline; pbs; presidenttrump; salon; stevebannon
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1 posted on 05/24/2017 2:27:45 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I don’t get it. So what is your point?


2 posted on 05/24/2017 2:29:24 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Kaslin

Research is unnecessary in the #FakeNews industry.


3 posted on 05/24/2017 2:31:09 PM PDT by TigersEye (Make up my mind, NBC,CBS,CNN,ABC. What are the "facts" today?)
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To: Kaslin

It is remarkable that Steve Bannon has made it to now. For Trump, he should pivot hard towards Bannon and become comfortable in the trenches with him. The media hates Bannon the worst, and yet he is the cleanest and remains the most untouched by the smears and innuendo than anyone on the Trump team. That speaks volumes.


4 posted on 05/24/2017 2:34:10 PM PDT by Religion and Politics (It's Morning in America)
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To: Kaslin
But Bannon is a little like a Kamikaze, or Che Guevara to Fidel Castro.


This is damn stupid. Where is a grownup to call him out on this idiotic rhetoric?

Che Guevara was Fidel's executioner. He executed people without remorse. He was a psychopath who did not fit in civilized society.

There is no similarity. It is a shallow comparison, devoid of logic and reason. Maybe it is an emotional comparison, but not rational. How did he get away with it?

5 posted on 05/24/2017 2:34:59 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Is it not too late to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary's crimes?)
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To: Kaslin

Who’s the fruit?

Frontline should only be the name of a video game at this point.


6 posted on 05/24/2017 2:35:03 PM PDT by dp0622 (The only thing an upper crust Conservative hates more than a liberal is a middle class conservative)
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To: Kaslin

A one billion dollar libel suit seems appropriate.


7 posted on 05/24/2017 2:40:15 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Gone but not forgiven.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

I thought they looked up to Che and Fidel?

Are they saying they respect Bannon?


8 posted on 05/24/2017 2:46:23 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (If you choose not to deal with reality, reality will deal with you - and not on your terms)
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To: Kaslin

Does Michael Kirk have on a HALOWEEN MASK???


9 posted on 05/24/2017 2:47:04 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: dp0622

He’s obviously a kook


10 posted on 05/24/2017 2:47:25 PM PDT by Kaslin ( The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triump. Thomas Paine)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

What do you not get?


11 posted on 05/24/2017 2:50:06 PM PDT by Kaslin ( The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triump. Thomas Paine)
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To: Kaslin
Kirk also referred to Bannon (and Jeff Sessions) as a surprising "super fringe group of people" who burrowed into the government.

Coming from this guy, that's probably a pretty good compliment. In his circles, they would be thought of as "fringe".

It's when people like this, like you, that you need to be worried.

12 posted on 05/24/2017 2:50:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Happy days are here again!)
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To: Kaslin

Sessions looks so straight laced, you’d almost think he squeaked when he walked.

That’s fringe?

LOL


13 posted on 05/24/2017 2:51:28 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Happy days are here again!)
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To: Ann Archy

Do you think he needs one?


14 posted on 05/24/2017 2:52:15 PM PDT by Kaslin ( The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triump. Thomas Paine)
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To: Kaslin

Bttt.

5.56mm


15 posted on 05/24/2017 2:54:24 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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16 posted on 05/24/2017 2:59:44 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Happy days are here again!)
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To: DoughtyOne

It shows you whom they fear most. Jeff Sessions is number 1 on the hit parade. He is the most dangerous person to the Dems and their agenda. They will do anything to try to take him down.


17 posted on 05/24/2017 3:02:03 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

I agree. I had expected him to do more by now, but he may be doing things that are less visible for now, knowing what he wants to do just ahead.

He is a major threat, but boy did he screw up by recusing himself from Russian matters.

That upset Trump and me both I believe.


18 posted on 05/24/2017 3:07:37 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Happy days are here again!)
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To: Ann Archy

“Transgendered gerbil makes documyths... film at 11.”


19 posted on 05/24/2017 3:12:22 PM PDT by piasa
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To: Kaslin

YES!


20 posted on 05/24/2017 3:12:27 PM PDT by dp0622 (The only thing an upper crust Conservative hates more than a liberal is a middle class conservative)
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