Losers all: Trump breaks the news, non-too-gently, in an unprecedented off-the-record media summit

by WorldTribune Staff, November 22, 2016

Media elites thought they were being summoned to Trump Tower on Nov. 21, for an off-the-record summit to discuss the access they would get to a Trump administration.

Instead “they got a Trump-style dressing down,” a source told the New York Post.

Lester Holt, right, and Wolf Blitzer, center, depart Trump Tower on Nov. 21. /Reuters
Lester Holt, right, and Wolf Blitzer, center, depart Trump Tower on Nov. 21. /Reuters

The hour-long meeting included top executives and on-air personnel from network and cable news channels. Among the attendees were NBC’s Deborah Turness, Lester Holt and Chuck Todd; ABC’s James Goldston, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Martha Raddatz; CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson, Charlie Rose, Christopher Isham and King; Fox News’ Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace and Suzanne Scott; MSNBC’s Phil Griffin, and CNN’s Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett.

“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.

A second 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.

“[‘CBS Good Morning’ co-host Gayle] King did not stand up, but asked some question, ‘How do you propose we the media work with you?’ Chuck Todd asked some pretty pointed questions. David Muir asked, ‘How are you going to cope living in D.C. while your family is in NYC?’ It was a horrible meeting.”

The first sources said in summary: “It was like a f−−−ing firing squad.”

Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway told reporters the gathering went well.

“Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks,” she said. “Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days.”