As­sange says U.S. lib­eral me­dia has made it­self ir­rel­e­vant

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange called in to Sean Han­nity’s ra­dio show last week and un­leashed on “the old press” for increasing lev­els of ir­rel­e­vance be­cause of hubris and bias.

Mr. As­sange, who has been avoid­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Swe­den for five years over sex­ual as­sault charges he says are un­founded, told the host via a phone call from the Ecuadorean Em­bassy in Lon­don that tra­di­tional me­dia out­lets — not Rus­sia — are re­spon­si­ble for their tar­nished rep­u­ta­tion.

“They’re in­creas­ingly not very im­por­tant. I think Trump has even made this state­ment that they’re a paper tiger in this elec­tion, and the new pub­li­ca­tions on the in­ter­net feed di­rectly to the peo­ple,” Mr. As­sange said.

Mr. Han­nity added at one point that if Amer­ica had an abun­dance of hon­est re­porters, then the Wik­iLeaks doc­u­ments would have cre­ated “a case big­ger than Watergate.”

“I guess that is the other rea­son why Trump won that no one is speak­ing about,” Mr. As­sange said.

“That kind of hec­tor­ing from the lib­eral me­dia in the United States … re­ally turned peo­ple off. It seems like those peo­ple who al­ready had a lot of so­cial power were telling you what to do, so you wanted to do the op­po­site,” he con­cluded.

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