We know President-elect Donald Trump is bringing management style seen on TV series “The Apprentice” to the White House. He enjoys creating rival power structures beneath him and encouraging them to battle it out. He has done that after hiring RNC Chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and Breitbart Boss Stephen K. Bannon as chief strategist and senior counsellor.
We know President-elect Donald Trump enjoys firing people in boardroom meeting, also as seen on TV series “The Apprentice”. Little did major news media realized they would be the first group to be grilled and fired in a similar style meeting before Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States next year on 20 January 2017.
It was often said that the most powerful man in America isn’t the president, but the mainstream news media. That was because the influential media could make or break the president through their news channels. But Trump hasn’t any plan to “kowtow” to the media, not after all the major media moguls conspired against his presidency – and failed miserably.
Apparently, President-elect Donald Trump invited major news media to Trump Tower for a face-to-face meeting on Monday. Executives from America’s 5 largest television networks – CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News – were there. At least 30 to 40 people were there in the meeting – according to The New York Post.
“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 meeting was a total disaster, it was horrible, it was like a fucking firing squad” – leaked at least two insider sources.
Big guns who attended the hour-long boardroom meeting were CNN president Jeff Zucker, ABC News president James Goldston, Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, and NBC News president Deborah Turness. The meeting was also packed with other journalists including Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Others included NBC’s Lester Holt and Chuck Todd; ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Martha Raddatz; CBS’ Norah O’Donnell John Dickerson, Charlie Rose, Christopher Isham and King; Fox News’ Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace, Suzanne Scott; MSNBC’s Phil Griffin and of course, CNN’s Erin Burnett.
Trump started with Jeff Zucker (CNN Chief) and said – “I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed. We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.” Already mocked as Clinton News Network, Trump called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was a network of liars.
Although Trump didn’t call NBC reporter Katy Tur by name, the TV-star and billionaire turned President-elect 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.
Stunned and speechless, the media then asked how Trump defines fairness, to which Trump said simply – “The truth.” CBS’ Gayle King asked some questions including – “How do you propose we the network work with you?” ABC’s David Muir asked “How are you going to cope living in DC while your family is in NYC?”
The meeting was off the record though, meaning the participants agreed not to talk about the substance of the conversations. However, Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway told reporters the gathering went well, saying the president-elect hosted an “excellent” get-together. “Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks,” – she said in the lobby of Trump Tower.
Trump reportedly plans to meet with New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger on Tuesday. The NYT has last week admitted to being anti-Trump bias and written a letter to subscribers seeking apology of its campaign coverage – “we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favour.”
Before Trump wins the election, a report from the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity indicated that a staggering 96% of all media political donations went to the Hillary Clinton campaign, totalling at least US$400,000. Now the same media can choose to go back to the drawing board and change the way they report, or choose to go nuclear with Trump administration.
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