Donald Trump’s media summit was a ‘f—ing firing squad’



At center, Martha Raddatz and David Muir of ABC arriving for a meeting at Trump Tower with Donald J. Trump on Monday. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times


By Emily Smith and Daniel Halper


November 21, 2016


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.


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  1. GOOD! They all got what was coming to them. The election is past two weeks ago and they still lie and try to fry Trump. The establishment (headed by Soros) is well entrenched in the MSM. They will all be 100% on the wrong side of history. MSM is basically ‘Dead man walking’ but these arrogant aholes can’t see it.

    Nobody wants MSM or any alt-media to only suck up to a Trump administration but dammit be journalistically fair.

    Maybe a Trump dressing down will show all at MSM who’s the boss in terms of the Executive Branch of the US Govt.

    If Trump or any of his Cabinet do stupid things, MSM and alt-media should call him out. But if he and his Cabinet do good or fair things he should be treated fairly as well.

  2. So, the Donald won… and he is settling grudges …what a sad state of affairs… He has all the marbles, owns the sand box and still feels the need to kick sand in everyone’s face…The next four years will be a challenge for anybody who has to deal with him.

  3. Peter,

    Settling Grudges, you say! Where have you been throughout this U.S. election campaign? CNN, CNBC, NBC, CBS, and even Fox to a degree have been pummeling Donald Trump with lie after lie. It’s been disgusting, to say the least. This Trump Media Meeting today was Priceless. These Presstitutes have finally been called out. Shame on them!

  4. Now now…let’s all remember that it was the New York Times that went full bore into the existence of Hillary’s secret server and also took a run at her on a few other inconvenient aspects of her time in State and second Presidential campaign.

    Frankly, I’m surprised Wolf Blitzer was at the meeting rather than someone with more cred like Anderson Cooper or Jake Tapper. I’m afraid Wolfie’s best days are long gone. He was a total embarrassment on election night often repeating questions to John King that the Magic Wall Man had already answered.

    CNN’s ratings may have improved in recent years, but at the cost of their journalistic reputation. For the past 18 months, they’ve pretty well ignored anything of import happening nationwide or around the world. Their political coverage has been very shallow, sticking to he-said-she-said histrionics and the latest poll results rather than digging deep into societal issues that reflect voter concerns and–as we discovered earlier this month–electoral outcomes.

    Maybe it’s too late for MSNBC, but so far they’ve gone a lot deeper than anyone else in looking behind the results. The network’s anchors and most contributors chose to pull their punches during the Obama years. Not surprisingly it led to boring TV and resulting abysmal ratings. Now with the “enemy” about to enter the White House, controlling both Houses of Congress and a huge majority of Governorships and State Assemblies, the network can start firing the cannons of investigative journalism at government again. Rachel Maddow can be a pain at times, but she and her staff are relentless diggers. CNN, by comparison, goes along to get along with any administration in order to preserve access to a President and key cabinet and personnel figures.


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