Politico is reporting that President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has been identified as the mastermind behind a campaign to discredit independent media sources that the White House and some news organizations have criticized for their coverage of Trump and the president’s inner circle.
In a statement, Bannon said he was “shocked and deeply disappointed” by the news.
Bannon was an adviser to Trump and was involved in the election campaigns of 2012 and 2016.
“I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which I will not repeat,” Bannon said in the statement.
“The president has called me and has called every member of the team I worked with on the campaign.
I will continue to do my very best to lead our team as it moves forward.”
Bannon said that he is “deeply committed to the work of The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other reputable publications.”
“I will always defend and stand for the Constitution and the First Amendment, and I will never allow anyone to take it away from me,” Bannon added.
The Post is a major source of the White Houses coverage of the Russia probe, including coverage of its allegations of a Russian plot to undermine the Trump presidency.
The newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, Glenn Thrush, resigned in April.
The New York Post also fired its Washington bureau Chief, Maggie Haberman.
Bannon has said in his statement that he did not collude with the Post.
Bannon’s statement comes just hours after CNN announced it would be leaving the Trump administration and moving to a new location in New York.
CNN, a news network owned by Time Warner, was a key player in the Trump campaign and the administration’s media strategy, including the creation of the “fake news” campaign and a campaign against CNN, CNN and other media outlets.
The campaign has also come under scrutiny for its tactics, including posting anti-CNN memes and other content.
CNN has apologized for the anti-Trump messaging, and CNN President Jeff Zucker has pledged to continue to make “definitive” and “objective” news reporting.
“It is impossible to make factual, objective and fact-based news coverage in this hyperpartisan age,” Zucker said in a statement.