“If you don’t think Tucker Carlson has more influence on national security policy than many of the guys on the National Security Council, you’re wrong,” Stephen K. Bannon declared Wednesday tonight to a small group of wealthy Manhattan elites in a baronial Fifth Avenue apartment…

“President Trump processes information” differently than his predecessors, Bannon said by way of explaining the strange attraction of a preppy polemicist and inveterate smartass with zero foreign-policy experience. “He understands the concept that mass communication is going to overwhelm kind of what reality is, right?”

Bannon went on: “So he gets—like chairmen and CEOs here—that not every person is briefed the same way. He’s not gonna sit through the 500-page McKinsey [report]. He’s not gonna sit there with Mayor Pete walking him through his McKinsey analysis, right? He gets his information in different ways. And he does get a lot of information from television.”