On Monday, Donald Trump decided to pull in a slew of media bigwigs and throw an absolute temper tantrum about their coverage of him. And well, let’s just say that they are not the least bit impressed with his attempt to trample all over the First Amendment.
According to one source, the closed door meeting “was like a f−−−ing firing squad.”
“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.
Trump reportedly called in about 30 to 40 media executives and big name anchors for the hour-long meeting, including “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.”
Another source said that following the meeting, he is “emotionally f*cking pissed.”
“I have to tell you, I am emotionally fucking pissed,” another participant said. “How can this not influence coverage? I am being totally honest with you. Toward the end of the campaign, it got to a point where I thought that the coverage was all about [Trump’s] flaws and problems. And that’s legit. But, I thought, O.K., let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. After the meeting today, though—and I am being human with you here—I think, Fuck him! I know I am being emotional about it. And I know I will get over it in a couple of days after Thanksgiving. But I really am offended. This was unprecedented. Outrageous!”
When one of the people in attendance pointed out to Trump that all presidents get bad press at times, Trump reportedly yelled, “Not Obama!”
Other participants were deeply troubled by Trump’s total disregard for the freedom of the press. “He truly doesn’t seem to understand the First Amendment,” another source said. “He doesn’t. He thinks we are supposed to say what he says and that’s it.”
Naturally, Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager and now one of his senior advisors, says the meeting went great. She insisted that everything had been “very cordial, candid, and honest.” Sure doesn’t seem like everybody felt that way.
Trump had a meeting scheduled with the New York Times on Tuesday, but he tweeted out that he was canceling because “the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice.” A spokesperson for the Times promptly replied that they most certainly “did not change the ground rules at all and made no attempt to.” In fact, it was Trump who had attempted to make alterations to their agreement.
The Donald then posted on Twitter that “Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes. In the meantime, they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!” A Trump spokeswoman then said that the meeting would take place on Tuesday as planned.
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