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Stephen Colbert, John Dickerson make Stephen Bannon's greatest wish come true

Last week, President Trump's chief strategist and former Breitbart News chairman Stephen Bannon warned The New York Times, and really all journalists, that the news media is "the opposition party" and should "keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile." CNN's Jake Tapper probably had the best response, but Stephen Colbert wins points for beautiful, dry literalism. Colbert is not, technically, part of the news media — he was more incensed by the part of the interview where Bannon called Trump voters "working class Hobbits" — but his network employs some good ones, and Face the Nation host John Dickerson and his panel gave us a taste on Monday's Late Show of what Bannon's dream world might look like. It's much funnier than you might expect, given the weird, naked threat to the free press from a top White House official. Peter Weber