Anti-propaganda protesters gathered outside the far right-wing Breitbart News Network’s head office in California demanding transparency of the website that is popular its racist posts.
A Facebook event was launched by protesters with the aim of holding President Donald Trump’s administration accountable for its unprecedented assault on free press.
Trump’s White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was the former chair of the conservative website prior to his political career. His news website facilitated the alt-right movement — a phenomenon that spreads the far-right (read: white supremacist) ideology.
Breitbart has been slammed for spreading hate messages and anti-Muslim fake news in the past. Bannon, the Islamophobic adviser, who had edited many stories favoring Trump’s rhetoric, called the media “the opposition party” soon after taking up his political career.
In an interview with the The New York Times, he attempted to silence free speech.
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile,” said Bannon.
However, what is interesting is that his own news website had kept its location a secret for the longest time. Protesters gathered around the head office to voice their opinions and accused Bannon of building a political career out of targeting Muslims, immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community and other minorities.
“We have come upon a place that demands we speak up, what we know to be true and good, with voices that do not quiver and souls that do not shake,” said an organizer Rabbi Nate DeGroot.
Some Trump followers found out about the protest and joined for a counter protest. No arrests were reported.