Wednesday, December 31 1969

CNN's Cooper Claims Trump Advisors Have 'Ties to Hate Groups'

Written by Brad Wilmouth

On Monday's Anderson Cooper 360, the smearing of Steve Bannon went so far as to claim that he and other White House advisors have "ties to hate groups" as host Cooper set up a discussion of rumors that he might soon leave the White House.

As if the right-leaning Breitbart News might be a "hate group," Cooper cited Bannon's time there, and his quote from more than a year ago about giving a "platform to the Alt-Right."

Cooper: "Chief strategist Steve Bannon is one of several people in the President's inner circle with ties to hate groups. Bannon is the former head of Breitbart, which in the past Bannon called the 'platform for the Alt-Right.'"

But, as explained previously by former Breitbart editor Joel Pollak, when Bannon was quoted as referring to it, "Alt-Right" was a less-defined term that had not yet become commonly used as synonymous with white racism as it has over the past year.

None of the five panel members had any problem with Cooper's incendiary characterization of Bannon, even though there were two right-leaning guests present. After liberal CNN commentator Bakari Sellers descried Bannon as a "cancer," and suggested that he is a "Nazi," right-leaning CNN commentator Tara Setmayer agreed with her liberal fellow panel member:

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