Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Thursday attacked the media, saying coverage of him is making it “impossible” to express his “reasonable, mainstream” opinions in public.
Yiannopoulos appeared on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” days after protesters set fires and destroyed property ahead of his scheduled speech at the University of California, Berkeley, forcing the event’s cancellation.
"That is the price you pay for being a libertarian or a conservative on American college campuses," Yiannopoulos said.
The 32-year-old openly gay Christian took particular aim at CNN, accusing the network of creating a dangerous atmosphere on college campuses with its portrayal of conservatives.
"The real problem is this name-calling because, you know, as grateful as I am to be on your show, I like the attention, the real people that I want to hear from are the guys who are on CNN, who are legitimizing ordinary conservatives being called white supremacists, anti-Semites, racist, sexist, when they are not. There is inevitable, obvious consequence."
A CNN push notification referred to Yiannopoulos as an "extremist" on Thursday, sparking a social media backlash from conservatives.
CNN conference: ...'so what we will do is call him an extremist. That way, beating up his supporters is pretty much social justice' pic.twitter.com/EXOeyzAr38— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) February 3, 2017
Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter in July after years of complaints that he used his account to egg on his hundreds of thousands of followers to harass opponents.
"People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson said at the time. “But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.”