For the record, Jeff Kwatinetz, a former business partner of President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Steve Bannon, says that Bannon is neither racist nor anti-Semite.
In fact, Kwatinetz, a staunch Hollywood liberal, goes so far as to say that Bannon is not only smart and committed to whatever he does, but he has great character as well.
So, will any in the mainstream media, like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNBC or CNN, who continually denounce Bannon, admit this truth? I doubt it.
Which is why I am writing about it because every positive link under his name on the search engines can counteract the lies and exaggerations.
For example, read this Hollywood Reporter column by Paul Bond. In it Kwatinetz says (paraphrased):
- Yes, its true Bannon is smart;
- Yes, it is true Bannon is arrogant;
- Yes, it is true that Bannon is rich; and
- And, yes, it is true that Bannon is a conservative.
But, contrary to so much of what we have heard and read, Kwatinetz has never heard Bannon raise his voice or lose his temper.
Is Bannon perfect? Of course not, since none of us are. But, all the hyped epithets we have heard about Bannon, like racist and anti-Semite, are obviously pure fiction. Bond quotes Kwatinetz as saying:
“But as a liberal, I don’t judge people on their politics, I judge them on their character, and from what I knew then and what I know now, Steve has great character. He’s not a racist or anti-Semitic….[In fact,] I am absolutely positive that he’s not anti-Semitic or racist. It is absurd. I am Jewish, Roy Furman was Jewish, Andrew Breitbart was Jewish. He is not anti-Semitic. Period.”
Well, we have seen this kind of character assassination before. Canada’s former PM Stephen Harper had to put up with endless untruths. He was allegedly a controller, mean, spiteful, corrupt, a liar, blah blah blah. None of it true. Canadian Conservatives called it Harper Derangement Syndrome — a social and media phenomenon that seems to have moved, unfortunately, across the 49th parallel to the U.S.
The crux of the matter is that the public, particularly conservatives, whether in the United States or Canada, have reason to mistrust most of what the media says or writes about Harper or, in 2017, President Trump and his senior officials like Bannon. Sad really.