Steve Bannon says media should 'keep its mouth shut'

President Trump's chief White House strategist Steve Bannon said the "media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile," during an interview on Wednesday with the New York Times.

"I want you to quote this," Bannon said, according to the Times. "The media here is the opposition party. They don't understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States."

Bannon, who ran right-wing organization Breitbart News until joining Trump's team, said during the phone interview that news organizations have been "humiliated."

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Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist for US President-elect Donald Trump, talks on the phone outside Trump Tower in New York on December 9, 2016.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (R) and senior counselor Steve Bannon (L) hold meetings at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 28, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon is pictured backstage during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin U.S. November 1, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon holds a campaign rally the Reno-Sparks Convention Center November 5, 2016 in Reno, Nevada. With less than a week before Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign CEO Steve Bannon (C) listens to Trump speak during his final campaign rally on Election Day in the Devos Place November 8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Trump's marathon last day of campaigning stretched past midnight and into Election Day.

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Steve Bannon gets off the plane with US President-elect Donald Trump arrives at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky, for the start of the 'USA Thank You Tour' at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 1, 2016.

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Steve Bannon, senior counselor to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, arrives to attend meetings between Trump and business leaders at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 28, 2016.

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Tension between the media and Trump's team has been tense, with the president recently referring to CNN as "fake news," BuzzFeed as a "failing pile of garbage" and constantly pointing stories related to inauguration attendance that doesn't coincide with Trump's talking points.

Bannon rarely grants interviews and was seldom heard from during the campaign, although his tone is clear in a lot of Trump's rhetoric. Bannon granted the interview with the Times to discuss Press Secretary Sean Spicer, but used the call as an opportunity to bash the mainstream media.

"The elite media got it dead wrong, 100 percent dead wrong," Bannon told the Times of the election. "The mainstream media has not fired or terminated anyone associated with following our campaign... Look at the Twitter feeds of those people: they were outright activists of the Clinton campaign."

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"That's why you have no power," Bannon told the Times, referring to the media. "You were humiliated."

Bannon is a former Goldman Sachs investment banker known for his conservative views. When he was named CEO of Trump's campaign in August, social media immediately went wild, accusing him of being racist and anti-Semitic.

Bannon's ex-wife said in a 2007 divorce filing that he made anti-Semitic comments and didn't want to send their daughters to a private Los Angeles girls school with Jews (which Bannon denied).

Bannon is also a former Naval officer and was special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon who holds an MBA from Harvard.

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