By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Harvest season is here, and for the gardeners among us, it’s also a time to start your fall fertilization. With that in mind, may I recommend tuning into Charlie Rose’s eyebrow-raising interview with former Trump guru Steve Bannon which airs this Sunday at 7 p.m. on ‘60 Minutes’ on WBZ-TV, because there is some really pungent fertilizer being offered there.

“When you side with a man, you side with him. I was proud to come out and try to defend President Trump in the media that day.”

He’s talking about the day the president tried to put a positive spin on the actions of neo-Nazis and anti-Semites who came to Charlottesville, Virginia looking for trouble and wound up killing a young woman.

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Steve Bannon. (Image credit: 60 Minutes – CBS News)

But even though Bannon once proudly boasted about how his website,, had become a forum for unabashed right-wing bigotry, he wants the ‘60 Minutes’ audience to know he’s really above what he then profited from.

“He’s talking about the neo-Nazis and neo-confederates and the Klan who, by the way, are absolutely awful. There’s no room in American politics for that, there’s no room in American society for that.”

Actually, there is room for that, in Bannon’s online living room. And here’s his take on how it’s economic self-interest that’s driving Catholic Church doctrine on immigration issues.

“The Catholic Church has been terrible about this. The bishops have been terrible about this. By the way, you know why? You know why? Because unable to really come to grips with the problems in the church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches.”

Now that’s some potent fertilizer.

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  1. The only problem with your argument, Jon, is your first sentence “He’s talking about the day the president tried to put a positive spin on the actions of neo-Nazis and anti-Semites”. The problem with this argument, repeated ad naseum by you and your media cohorts, is that is a false premise. Once a reasonable person sees you going down that road, they stop reading.

    What Trump said was that both sides were at fault. And he was right. The Neos came looking for trouble, and so did the extreme left wingers from the other side. And they both got what they were looking for. It is extremely unfortunate and sad that an innocent person got killed. That blame goes squarely on the Neos. However, given the recent behavior of the Antifa nut jobs, it most certainly could have gone the other way.

    The media seems very quick to forget that in his initial remarks, all the facts were not in.
    Had he committed another “Cambridge Police acted stupidly” moment, you would have
    been all over him for that instead (though the media didn’t seem to mind when our previous
    president spoke too soon). Trump also denounced racism and called it “evil”. How quickly
    you forget.

    In this political climate, where the media is looking for any little hole to pile on Trump, the president was wrong to divert attention away from the fact that someone was killed. He should have focused on the individual who was responsible, but he was not wrong about the facts.

    While you may be reaching Antifa and other left-wing kooks , us in the middle are very weary
    of your continued bias. Maybe someday you’ll get it. But the longer you wait, less relevant
    your words become.

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