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