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President-Elect Meets With Media Big Shots, Unnamed Sources Claim “It Was Like A “F-ing Firing Squad”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:23 pm

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Yeah, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing…

This is how the New York Post reported on it :

Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.

“It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.

“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.

“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.

A second source confirmed the fireworks.

“The meeting took place in a big board room and there were about 30 or 40 people, including the big news anchors from all the networks,” the other source said.

“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars,” the source said.

“Trump didn’t say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room.”

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s spokeswoman, disagreed with the characterization of Trump’s actions at the meeting:

“No that’s not true at all. I sat right to his left. He did not explode in anger,” Trump aide Kellyanne Conway said Monday, disputing the account during an interview on Bloomberg Politics’s “With All Due Respect.”

“By the way it’s an off the record meeting so whoever said that and mischaracterized it should think twice,” she continued. “But no he did not explode in anger.”

Anyway, the question is, who leaked this, and why? Some suggest it was Donald Trump John Barron.

Aside from that, I doubt there is anyone here who doesn’t think that Big Media deserves a serious dressing down, and to have their viciously destructive biases against Republican candidates repeatedly exposed and thrown back in their faces (See: Palin, Romney, George Bush). Yet the media is a necessary part of any administration. How the MSM finds their footing with such an unknown quantity who seems impervious to their smug dictates remains to be seen. And it remains to be seen how much access Trump will grant the press. With that, Trump plans to meet with the New York Times’ publisher Arthur Schulzberg tomorrow.

Oh, and speaking of the NYT, today’s edition had a front page story, snarkily titled, Trump Turns Staid Process Into Spectacle as Aspirants Parade to His Door, in which the writers snobbily sniff about the President-elect having been a bit too grandiose when meeting with various individuals at his golf club who might hold positions in his administration. The writers also took the opportunity to point out that this wasn’t how President Obama did it…

President-elect Donald J. Trump has turned the vital, but normally inscrutable, process of forming a government into a Trump-branded, made-for-television spectacle, parading his finalists for top administration positions this weekend before reporters and the world.

The two days unfolded like a pageant, with the many would-be officials striding up the circular driveway at Trump National Golf Club here, meeting Mr. Trump below three glass chandeliers at the entrance and shaking hands while facing the cameras. To build suspense, Mr. Trump offered teasing hints about coming announcements.

“I think so,” he said about whether he would make any appointments on Sunday. “I think so. It could very well happen.”

The very public process — CNN trained a camera on the golf club’s wooden front door throughout the day on Sunday — has borne few similarities to attempts by Mr. Trump’s predecessors to project an image of careful, private vetting of cabinet-level hopefuls.

Officials running President Obama’s transition in late 2008 took pains to keep under wraps his plans to select Hillary Clinton for secretary of state, and they orchestrated a secret meeting at the firehouse at Reagan National Airport to discuss keeping Robert M. Gates as defense secretary.


41 Responses to “President-Elect Meets With Media Big Shots, Unnamed Sources Claim “It Was Like A “F-ing Firing Squad””

  1. At this rate, the press is going to exhaust themselves before Trump is even officially sworn in.

    Dana (d17a61)

  2. Trump also released an outline for his first 100 days. That + dressing down the press = good stuff.

    DRJ (15874d)

  3. When Trump gets his firing squads rolling, I’m sure the American press will be the first to go know.

    Leviticus (dc2306)

  4. Ohmigosh! Trump is not like Obama?!

    nk (dbc370)

  5. Don’t they watch any gangster movies at all? You don’t just go to a “meeting” with your enemy.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. “very public process” is bad


    the media?

    wtf is wrong with these twats

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. Treat the Democrat operatives-with-bylines like the enemy they are. Gloves off and then go around them to connect directly with the American people.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. I think the MSM is likely huffing and puffing that Trump made his 100 day statement via YouTube. He has not given them the due they feel they deserve.

    Dana (d17a61)

  9. Dana posted the wrong SNL skit.

    Rather than ‘the Bubble’ he should post the bit about the CNN robotic talking heads which so beautifully lampooned Zucker’s network and aptly reinforces Trump’s POV. (Find it if you can from this past Saturday.)

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  10. And the LHMFMSM can’t figure out why Obama would wish to meet with Clinton in secret? They still don’t get it.

    They would do well to reflect on their behavior in the Obama years. As it is, they probably spend their time asking whether if they’d done more to hide Obama’s fecklessness then perhaps it all would have worked out.

    BobStewartatHome (c24491)

  11. Yes and did picking red queen work out, as for gates what a miserable punk, he dudnt speak out when it mattered.

    narciso (d1f714)

  12. I’m starting to like John Barron… might write Trump and ask him to name John Barron the new UN representative. He seems outspoken and is ok with late nights on social media

    steveg (5508fb)

  13. Sorta like John Bolton with a twitter account and without the mustache

    steveg (5508fb)

  14. The media hotshots like to dish it out in front of millions, but they can’t take a dressing down in a room full of 40 people.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  15. dana is feminine one (not privileged)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  16. On Megyn Kelly’s show tonight, it was reported that at the meeting, Trump said he was looking for “fairness”. Kellyanne Conway told Megyn Kelly that that means not always having the worst written about Trump. It seems to me if they seriously think there can be fairness, they are not looking at the MSM with eyes wide open because the collective partisanship and personal political biases of the collective MSM preclude any sort of fairness toward a non-Democratic president. It just can’t, and won’t happen. The media is no longer about reporting news, it’s advocacy journalism first, and some additional recording of actual events, second.

    Dana (d17a61)

  17. The First Hundred Days video can be found on Trump’s Facebook page. It’s a 2:35 outline.

    The MFM should just consider it as a warm look back from the abyss they have decided to explore in depth.

    Rick Ballard (d17095)

  18. The media is no longer about reporting news, it’s advocacy journalism first, and some additional recording of actual events, second.

    No. It’s all about profits. About chasing a buck, not reporting truths.

    Putting print and radio aside, back in the day, network television news divisions were loss leaders– a ‘public service’ by way of license renewal rules and FCC regs. The public airwaves and so forth. CBS’s Paley once boasted the profits from one entertainment show, ‘I Love Lucy’ paid for the yearly operations budget for all of CBS News.

    It wasn’t until the success of unregulated 24-hour cable news in the early 80s that network suits realized an entire news division could be retooled into a profit center– not just a few programs. Once that hound was unleashed, the spiral down began, accelerated by the demise of the Fairness Doctrine. Arledge put the successful entertainment template from ABC Sports onto ABC News; NBC began endless magazine shows and peppered entertainment into its news programs. And so on…

    Trump was covered so much because he was entertaining; a showman drew an audience– hence ratings and revenue. He beat them at their own game. Now they can cry in their beer.

    “And that’s the way it is…” – sign off, Walter Cronkite, CBS News

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  19. No. It’s all about profits. About chasing a buck, not reporting truths.

    Sorry, I don’t see it like that. They don’t have to sacrifice truth to make a profit, they choose to even if they don’t make a profit. We’ve watched as newspapers, magazines and network news lose market share for a long time. There are many reasons including more competitors but frankly, being perceived as a bunch of leftist advocates and democrat suck-ups is the main cause IMO. Is there anybody but the most diehard brainwashed leftist who actually believes anyone but a leftist will get a fair shake in any media?

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  20. Cronkite inserted his personal view about the Vietnam war.
    In the end, it did raise the level of discussion, but at the expense of the newly elected Nixon’s strategy to end the war.
    Nixon had to juggle bombing Haiphong harbor filled with Soviet and Chinese freighters loaded with munitions that were to kill Americans vs all out war.
    It is easy to call it now, but clearly Bush told the Russians, Chinese etc to stay out of Iraq/Iran and they more or less did… now with Obama they ship first tier anti aircraft missiles and the Chinese are selling the Iranians top shelf anti ship missiles.
    Obama drew a weak line in the sand and look at what we have now.

    I’d rather of had Nixon

    steveg (5508fb)

  21. The soviet’s likely moved some materials out of their baathust client, the Syrians, Iranians and Arabians waged a three sided insurgrcy agaust coalition forces.

    narciso (d1f714)

  22. I agree, but it wasn’t something Bush had to confront directly or lose.
    I do think he should have made the Iranians pay to have played.
    Now Obama rewards them with 150B

    steveg (5508fb)

  23. But man of mystery is all wet, the print press is just as biased and in lockstep.

    narciso (d1f714)

  24. Like vampires it is impossible for them to reflect, bob, like scorpions they did what’s ‘in their nature’

    narciso (d1f714)

  25. “We’re in a room of liars”

    He could have stopped right there.

    Soronel Haetir (86a46e)

  26. Notably Carlos slim doesn’t mention this story. Wonder if bozos?

    narciso (d1f714)

  27. Anything short of kissing their asses would be considered exploding in anger to these entitled weasels. Trump and the RNC needs to ban these discredited news outlets like CNN, WaPo, NYT, NBC, ABC and CBS from all access. It makes their ‘rat-serving criticism look petty once they are banned. Not many of them can survive for long with no access to the people in power.

    Jcurtis (3b25d7)

  28. Bezos does, and guess the bizarre spin they put on general mattis’s selection?

    narciso (d1f714)

  29. Honestly only the scene out of the untouchables and even then they may not get the hint.

    narciso (d1f714)

  30. “Yet the media is a necessary part of any administration.” There’s a lot of “media” besides the worm-tongues at the meeting today. If none of them ever get more than a press release in the future, I’m sure the Republic will survive.

    Jack Okie (9279c8)

  31. So they are going to run with unsourced bylines out of Argentina, they will run Richard Spencer on a moebius loop, anything to avoid dealing with the issues

    narciso (d1f714)

  32. 31, De Niro with baseball bat or Connery shooting the dead guy? Actually, there might be other contenders.

    Jcurtis (3b25d7)

  33. The former, they are denser than depleted uranium.

    narciso (d1f714)

  34. 22.Cronkite inserted his personal view about the Vietnam war.

    And it was clearly labeled so.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  35. the print press is just as biased and in lockstep

    Always was. Look at the history of the ownership. But the print press back in the day wasn’t printing newspapers on the public airwaves– unless they tried to run editorial content on stations they owned. Different mediums.

    @20 Sorry, I don’t see it like that.

    Don’t really care. That’s how the media sees it– and that’s the way it is. Profits rule. Trump drew eyes because he was entertaining. An hour of Jeb was only good for No-Doz advertisers. You want ‘fair’ coverage watch CSPAN but that’s not a ratings driven/dependent outlet.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  36. What a sumptuous leak.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  37. “profits rule”

    What a delusion.

    Steven Malynn (d29fc3)

  38. Since our country’s media have made their adherence to the Democrat party so glaringly obvious,
    their ability to influence events is in shreds.

    Bar Sinister (f5ce19)

  39. I love the lobby cam! All those successful people, not a hippie leftist in sight. It’s a very heartening sight.

    Patricia (5fc097)

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