Here’s how the 'fake news' reacted to Steve Bannon’s redundancy

Twitter reacted to Steve Bannon leaving the White House.

On Friday (August 18), the White House announced Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, co-founder of alt-right news platform Breitbart, was the latest casualty in Donald Trump’s cabinet.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day,” the statement reportedly said. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

The move comes as the US is still reeling from violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as Trump’s response, which attributed blame to both white supremacists and counter-protestors.

The New York Times cited a person close to Bannon who said the departure was his own idea after months of clashes with senior advisers and members of the Trump family – and the move was delayed in the wake of Charlottesville.

Bannon is expected to return to Breitbart.

In the meantime, members of the "fake news" – including the "failing New York Times" – took to Twitter with responses that ranged from insightful to satirical:

For instance, Vanity Fair special correspondent Gabriel Sherman quoted inside sources about what’s next for Bannon and his former boss:

And Rosie Gray, White House correspondent for The Atlantic, shared a quote from her own sources about Bannon himself:

Meanwhile, Shaun King, senior justice writer at the New York Daily News, weighed in with a more personal perspective:

While the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay went more for dark comedy:

Lauren Duca, the freelance journalist perhaps best known for her Teen Vogue piece, Donald Trump is Gaslighting America, opted for satire:

…while the Daily Beast’s Erin Ryan played with a popular Trump theme:

…and pointed out some irony in the timing of the announcement:

Vox founder Ezra Klein, too, poked fun of the timing:

Others, like Mashable writer Chris Taylor, responded in GIF form (sort of):

And satirical news site The Onion took it upon itself to create a memorial slideshow with Bannon’s greatest hits:

…while Rachel Sklar, chief executive of visibility platform TheLi.st, reminded us Trump is still the man behind the curtain:

In a similar vein, New York Times’ White House correspondent Maggie Haberman noted Bannon gave himself eight months in the role:

…and comedian Margaret Cho mourned the loss for Trump nemesis Rosie O’Donnell:

According to social media monitoring company BrandWatch, Bannon was mentioned more than 267,000 times online within the preceding week with the most mentions coming on Friday. As of 2:00 ET, Bannon had 80,000 online mentions, which marks an uptick of 187% from Thursday.

What’s more, BrandWatch said more than 57,000 mentions accrued within the 1:00 ET hour.

Sentiment surrounding Bannon mentions is 78% negative, BrandWatch added.

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Lisa Lacy

Lisa Lacy is a senior reporter for The Drum, covering digital and search marketing. Based in New York, she writes about how brands use technology to connect with consumers, particularly as innovations like voice search, digital assistants and the Internet of Things change consumers’ lives forever – not to mention the data these platforms increasingly collect and the security and privacy issues therein. She is a graduate of Columbia's School of Journalism. Her bucket list includes riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

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