Julian Assange said during the Thursday broadcast of Sean Hannity’s radio show that the 2016 election showed the traditional press is growing “increasingly not very important.”
The WikiLeaks founder noted that “there was intense pressure in the United States from the mainstream media to make people feel ashamed of wanting to vote for Trump, and feel like they had to vote for Hillary Clinton, even though they didn’t want to.”
Later in the interview, Assange cranked up his criticisms.
“They’re increasingly not very important,” he told Hannity. “I think Trump has even made this statement that they’re a paper tiger, and the new publications on the Internet feed directly to the people.”
“The old press is less important, and the degree of bias they’ve showed in the election process — I guess it’s come from both sides but particularly the liberal press — we see that, and they feel it.”
“They don’t like being lectured to or told what to do,” Assange explained. “And they go against it.”