The Media is public enemy number one for President-elect Trump
Yesterday at Trump Tower in Manhattan the new President – elect Donald Trump met with the media, led by key management as well as some anchors from ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, CNN and Fox News. It was supposed to be a chance for everyone to talk about coverage of President Trump White House.
However, according to The New York Post, of a number of media sources to that Trump’s meeting with media bosses and talent descended into a dressing down of the media. A number of sources say it was all a matter of perspective. “Yes, it got heated but that was not the overall tone of the session,” said one participant. “There were some organizational issues discussed, like access and issue of pool reporters for the transition.”
Things were bad for CNN again according to The New York Post “Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said, ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’” the source said. Zucker and Trump had been very friendly during the days that both worked at NBC.
“The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing-down,” the source added.
The conservative media loved the reports of President – elect Trump and his lecturing of the press. “Trump Slams Media Elite, Face to Face,” blared the Drudge Report. “Trump Eats Press,” wrote Breitbart News.
For the record it is not uncommon for the media to have “off-the-record,” meetings with high profile people and of course the president. It is one way for both sides to understand each other and to get to the players.
When it was over Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway told reporters the gathering went well.
“Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks,” she said during a gaggle in the lobby of Trump Tower. “Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days.”
Then Trump bi-passed the networks and traditional media producing a Youtube video of his immediate agenda once in office next year. Do not be surprised if President Trump uses Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to get his message out to the public after his afternoon session with the press.