New Doc Shows Steve Bannon Manipulating Information About AOC, And How Easily He Creates False Narratives
President Donald Trump may have coined the phrase “fake news,” but his administration has certainly dished out misinformation from the get-go. Since Trump’s election, it’s as if the Republicans and Democrats — along with their respective commentators — are quick to draw a narrative on whatever issue or topic even if it’s not correct.
The best way to squash a lie is to have tangible evidence that proves otherwise.
Last summer, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon flat out lied and said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s election campaign aimed to impeach Trump.
The evidence of Bannon’s lie was caught during the filming of the documentary “The Brink.” Bannon, who worked in the White House between 2016-2017, said that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez ran on a ticket that was all about impeaching the president. There’s proof that never happened, yet Bannon’s bald-faced lie could be taken as truth because of his manipulative way of speaking.
The documentary was filmed last year during the historic midterm elections in which Democrats took over the House.
The film’s director Alison Klayman told The Daily Beast that Bannon’s comment came just a month after Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had won her election. She said that viewers should note how easily he manipulated the topic by first paying Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a compliment, then outright lying, which makes it harder for people to discern the lie.
The director said was surprised how easily Bannon tried to spin a false narrative without having the facts to back it up.
“AOC has recently won her primary, and I had watched her victory speech online. I was struck by how substantive her speech was (later in the film I used her voice along with other victorious female Dems in an election-night montage precisely for this reason). I wanted to know what Bannon thought of her at this moment, and as you see, his response is pure positioning without real knowledge to back it up,” explains Klayman. “He expresses some admiration for her and then goes on to completely mischaracterize her victory speech, falling back on a caricature of a hysterical Democrat triggered by Trump. She didn’t mention Trump once in her whole speech.”