Steve Bannon's old, right-wing news company, Breitbart, defended their former CEO when covering his exit from the National Security Council by blaming the media for blowing the story out of proportion.

1. "Steve Bannon Leaves National Security Council After Susan Rice Takedown." The first piece featured Bannon's quotes on his mission being "complete," referring to dealing with Michael Flynn and Susan Rice.

2. "Left Revels in Media Narrative on Bannon and NSC: 'Huge Victory for the Resistance.'" The second piece shifted to blaming left-wing media for blowing the story out of proportion.

The lede: "As soon as the media learned Steve Bannon, one of President Donald Trump's senior advisers, would no longer have a "permanent seat" on the National Security Council, the headlines shouted he'd been 'removed,' 'booted,' and 'demoted.' In fact, Bannon remains a close adviser to Trump, with top security clearance and an open invitation to attend NSC meetings."

What to watch: There have already been 4 negative Breitbart reports about Jared Kushner in the past two days, so expect there to be more — especially if Bannon leaves the administration, as Mike Allen was told is a real possibility.

Go deeper

2 hours ago - Health

U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

Expand chart
COVID Tracking Project

The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Politics: Fauci: Trump hasn't been to a COVID task force meeting in months.
  2. Sports: The youth sports exodus continues — Big Ten football is back.
  3. Health: AstraZeneca to resume vaccine trial in U.S.How to help save 130,000 lives.
  4. Retail: Santa won't greet kids at Macy's this year.
  5. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.
3 hours ago - Health

Fauci: Trump hasn't been to a COVID task force meeting in months

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told MSNBC on Friday.

Why it matters: At the beginning of the pandemic, the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, met every day, but in the "last several weeks," members have held virtual meetings once a week, Fauci said, even as the number of new cases continues to surge in the country.