This article was written by Tyler Durden and originally published at Zero Hedge.
Editor’s Comment: The entire campaign season was composed of stories about how Trump couldn’t win, about the derogatory comments he has made, and the terror he would bring. But their lopsided attacks against Trump, and their continuing praise of nothing-but-Hillary was completely wrong in every way… the epitome of “fake news.”
And President-elect Trump reportedly let the media hear his mind… interesting account of this off-the-record meeting.
Trump “Exploded” At Media Execs During Off-The-Record Meeting: “It Was A F–king Firing Squad”
by Tyler Durden
Earlier today we reported that in a “summit” organized by Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, executives and anchors from the major US media outlets, including CNN president Jeff Zucker, ABC News president James Goldston, Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, and NBC News president Deborah Turness, visited Donald Trump at his Trump Tower penthouse for an off the record meeting.
Courtesy of the Post, we have a complete list of the participants at the Trump media meeting: the hour-long powwow included top execs 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 Gayle King, Fox News’ Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace, Suzanne Scott, MSNBC’s Phil Griffin and CNN’s Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett.
The contents of what was discussed were initially unclear.
Now, according to the Post and Politico, we learn that the President-elect “exploded at media bigs in an off-the-record Trump Tower powow on Monday.”
“It was like a f—ing firing squad,” one source told the Post.
According to the Post’s recound of the conversation, “Trump started with Jeff Zucker and said I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed….”
“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 encounter.
The Post adds that “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…”
“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 network of liars.
“Trump didn’t say 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.
“Gayle 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 DC while your family is in NYC? It was a horrible meeting.”
Politico adds further details, according to which “Trump complained about photos of himself that NBC used that he found unflattering, the source said. Trump turned to NBC News President Deborah Turness at one point, the source said, and told her the network won’t run a nice picture of him, instead choosing “this picture of me,” as he made a face with a double chin. Turness replied that they had a “very nice” picture of him on their website at the moment.”
Amusingly, since the meeting was off the record, meaning the participants agreed not to talk about the substance of the conversations, it means they will most likely be unable to confirm or deny the Post’s report.
Politco’s recollection of events was slightly less dramatic:
The New York Post on Monday afternoon portrayed a much more heated meeting, including a quote from one source who said the encounter was “like a f–ing firing squad.” The Post also said Trump called CNN journalists “liars” and that they should be “ashamed.” The source who spoke with POLITICO characterized the meeting as less intense, and said the discussion included Trump expressing the possibility of a “reset” of the tumultuous relationship between the president-elect and the media and that all he wants is “fairness.”
Asked how he defines fairness by a network executive, Trump said simply, “The truth.” But aside from the few moments of contention in the beginning, the source said the meeting was largely substantive.
Politico also adds that Trump, flanked by chief of staff Reince Priebus and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway at the table, also expressed annoyance at the protective press pool and the complaints over him ditching the press when he went out to dinner last week with his family after reporters were advised he was in for the night. But Priebus assured the attendees that the protective press pool will be taken care of and it would all work out.
Other attendees at the meeting from Trump’s team included chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, spokesman Jason Miller, and Republican National Committee chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer.
Asked for comment, Miller referred POLITICO to Conway’s comments to reporters after the meeting, in which she echoed the sentiments made in the meeting about turning over a new leaf with the media.
“There was no need to mend fences,” Conway said. “It was very cordial, very genial. But it was very candid and very honest. From my own perspective, it’s great to hit the reset button.”
Conway later on Monday hit back at the New York Post report. “He did not explode in anger,” she said.
While one can have a subjective interpretuation of the nuances at the meeting, one thing was clear: Trump’s attempt at a ‘reset’ will be frowned at by the media which is not used to this kind of treatment, even if the “kindler, gentler” version of events as reported by Politico is accurate.
It also means that what has already been a conventional war between the various US media organizations and Trump, is likely about to go nuclear.
This article was written by Tyler Durden and originally published at Zero Hedge.
If it took Trump saying it for you to recognize it, you might just be a gianticus idiotus.
The same companies that own the big Hollywood studios also own our news media. They specialize in creating worlds of fantasy and fiction and bring it to us on the big screen for entertainment. “News” has now morphed into this very thing. They create new and alternate “realities” that we view through a small screen that shapes our world and gets us to vote and make decisions in everyday life based on the fantasies they have created.
We need to categorically reject these fake news stories and so called “realities” and embrace the brutal facts of the world around us. By being honest, we can change things.
The Press is going bankrupt financially, as viewership is wayyyyyy down. Since they have been morally bankrupt for decades. There is no more investigative Reporting, but those who invent catchy headlines, and try to distract morons with trivial stuff when our Country is suffering so bad in so many ways.
Then the half hour News plays 15 minutes of Drug commercials mixed in with 15 Mins of catchy headlines, then wrap up the News about some poor duck trying to get across the road with her duckings. More BS to massage the dumb, to make them feel good about themselves as traffic stops and all is good. Mean while Obama is Bombing the shit out of brown innocent people in some foreign country via drone, and they wont report that. No trial just a hunch and kills scores women and children, in countries we have not even declared war on. Like Yemen. And all the weapons Hillary sold Saudi for Bribes as the US is conspiring to destroy Yemen for Saudi’s benefit.
Donald Trump is a fighter for America. These pseudo intellectuals in the main stream media are self absorbed,ill informed, agenda driven leftists who are carefully chosen by their leftist bosses.There is very little objective journalism in America anymore. At least Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Rush proudly let people know they are Conservatives. These low lifes like the cowardly goofs on CNN, PBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN & NPR will never tell America they are left wing, agenda driven liberals. They know the fall out. Of course you’d have to have a room temperature IQ not to know they are lefties.
“Likely to go nuclear”? I DOUBT IT!!
No president will turn down powers bequeathed to him– including Trump!! The dishonest media (Propaganda Machine) will swing in full force on behalf of THIS president just as it did for Obummer… geesh!
Screw the Press. Nothing but a bunch of two bit lying whores anyway. Rather have foreign reporters do the news.
Trump can go right on the T.V, and talk directly to the people. Don’t need these bastards interpretation. If the stations don’t give him air time, there is always radio.
Megan Kelly thought she was going to make a name for herself. Hahahaha!
I think the whole notion of “reporters” is antiquated. Propping an individual up as the paragon of truth is inherently … delusional.
Anybody can be a reporter with the ubiquitous technology of today. Hell, we learned of Osama Bin Laden’s execution from ‘some dude’.
I have more trust in Russian Sputnik News being valid, than any U.S. MSM News Outlet by far. Even BBC is more thorough. Maybe even more trust in Onion News than MSM. lol That’s some deep BS.
I cannot stand Megan Kelly. She is all about herself.
I don’t like her, nobody I know likes her. She was recently quoted as saying, ‘What we do is important.’ Seriously ??
Anon, who can blame Trump for going off on the MSM face-to-face? All we can do is go off about them on our keyboards. Megan Kelly is a feminazi bitch.
anon: You are more “correct” than you may realize. Trump has already expressed a concern with the media playing games (in any way they can and love to do often), and so to deter that BS he is ONLY going to announce ANYTHING he plans to do directly to We The People, and in cases DUE to CNN’s attitude about their ass-chewing, nobody will “get the story” until it is aired, probably direct from Trump Tower via his satellite.
It’s very, very much like his VP recently said, “America has elected a CEO” and he is right. With Trump being about as non-politcally-minded as one can get, then even an idiot can see where this is all going over the next four to eight years …with less and less interventions by Democrats “along the way” since they’ll be rather “blocked off” since all of their old laws will cease to exist, rendering THEM equally as useless as they were when in office.
Once America can be placed in THAT sort of atmosphere, (always “upsweeping everything”), the Democrats will just cease to exist just as The USA will re-emerge as The Strongest Country in the world, once again (we still are, even with the dents Obama has made, yet he’s done nothing that cannot be un-done, Thankfully).
I’ve never seen any real need to have a “press” especially when “they” switched to only stories that make THEM big dollars, and screw the viewers. Worse and worse every year. Now you get about 18 minutes of lies, and the rest of the hour is filled with commercials and other “brain-training exercises”.
Who needs it?
Yup, MSM spouts of continually about how horrible Trumpster is. They are definitely pushing some dort of mind control crap. Then you have these brainless bufoons who cant visualize anything beyond what they are told as justification to spout off the same trash, have witnessed this firsthand, and then on top of all of that you have people calling to sensor fake news, but fake according to who?
I believe very little of anything i read or see or hear from any media outlet,
It seems they are ALL pushing some form of BS, and by ALL, I mean ALL!
You nailed it! They are regrouping.
Even the media isn’t stupid enough to get themselves federally charged for Sedition or “the like” – in a nutshell if our Mass Media isn’t going to conduct “true” reporting but instead try to control everything via lies, it obviously wouldn’t work starting with the second people found this out, and that would end them watching the news let alone believing it.
AFTER Trump has been “sworn in” I believe all of it will come to a screeching halt, or they’ll get flattened like an unwanted bug.
There isn’t much that can be done to “regroup” at this time, unless Obama was to “lose his mind” only to dump it in Trump’s lap. (Which would make Obama a public-enemy and “fair-target”).
Agreed. I like how Trump goes right to you- tube to talk with the American people. – I also hope he remembers his enemies, as well as his friends.
Won’t pursue charges against Hillary. Who’s the liar?
Trump is playing the game. He is waiting till Obama is out of the WH so he wont pardon her. He is playing softball right now until the transition is complete and He’s inaugurated. If Trump said he was going to Fry Hillary’s Fat-ass right now, Obama will pardon her.
Since Clinton has not been charged with anything yet, there is nothing to pardon. If Obama pardons Hillary with out being charged, they are admitting Hillary did do something criminal.
Trump is Brilliant, He did not forget, just have patience.
Zeus could be correct. I hope Trump is playing chess and they think its checkers.
Good post Zeus. I believe you are right.
Let the news spool up more false stories that make democrats take more drugs as they sink to low depths in their depression. I would like to see more of the yelling, screaming and crying on Utube as they figure out they may have to go to work for a living.
Oooooooh, my life is over and Trump caused it.(Great Weeping).
Yep, your life is over.
It is about DAMN time we have someone with BALLS to tell the Clinton press machine lying bastards off!!!
What I can’t understand is how the press keeps getting more and more in bed with the Commie ideas. Don’t they know that if the commies took over they would not be a FREE Press? I forgot that use Gun Grabbing Bible toting 2ND amendment people would secure it for them lazy bastards.
WAY TO GO DONALD!!! KEEP KICKING THIER ASSES!!!!
Congratulations Trump voters-you just elected another Trojan Horse, just like the Globalist Fascist TREASONOUS criminals Obama, both Clinton’s, and ALL the Bush Family. You have to hand it to these Globalist genocidal psychopaths, they do know how to easily manipulate and control the dumbed down drunken bum toxic dump cowards in the Police State hell on earth of damned and doomed America. Now the Police State will be controlled by an Alpha Male Corporatist fascist pussy grabber and vice peddling demon psychopath, whose dumbed down armed drunken followers actually believe he is their savior God. The dumbed down Trump worshipers will now accept the Police State and all the dystopian Orwellian Brave New World hell that comes with it, because their God who is going to “make them rich” is now in charge. By the way Trump worshipers, if the wall ever gets built, it will be an East Germany style wall to keep the drunken bum toxic dump boot lickers of Police State hell on earth America from LEAVING. Oh, and remember when the vice peddling psychopath had all the Trump supporters and worshipers chanting “lock her up”..”lock her up”, like they were programmed and indoctrinated zombies straight out of Orwell’s 1984, well now we know the dumbed down drunken bum cowards were once again LIED TOO AND DUPED by Police State supporting psychopaths, because psychopath Hillary will now be free to continue destroying and dividing LAWLESS damned and doomed America, and will probably wind up in psychopath Trumps damned and doomed Fascist Police State supporting Administration.
No chit! Not again, LOL. Yea they have been fooled AGAIN! I have said from the start that Trump was not what he appeared to be and was certainly no “savior”. I did not think they would let him win but they have their reasons and the biggest one is, he is one of “the boys”.
So now it looks like he’s not going to pursue criminal charges against Clinton? Well now, ain’t that a real surprise, NOT!
And so it appears that the demon they call Kissinger has paid good o’le Mr. Trump a visit, and I’m guessing it was to ask for some sort of help or something, ya think?
No people, you have been dooped, AGAIN! Just Damn! When are you going to learn? But I guess if you are stupid enough to keep doing the same thing over and over and getting the same thing up your bum, you’re either really f**king stupid, or you like getting that thing shoved up your bum.
Just Damn, Just Damn.
Very well said and reasoned and sobering commentary. You are indeed correct that Trump is a charlatan and a Trojan Horse candidate who sees the Republican Party, conservatism and America as his Troy.He wants to destroy all three from the inside and create his totalitarian leftist utopia.
Soros, the story was a fake, making Benjamin Fulford looking like a.
Never EVER talk to the news media! Twice in my life I did an interview with the press and they burned me.
There was a shooting at a neighbor’s house a few doors down from me – domestic dispute. I told a reporter off the record this couple was wild at times but no more than some other people in the neighborhood.
The next day I read in the paper that I (they gave my name) said “this couple is a major source of trouble in the neighborhood.”
I called the reporter and told him number 1, that’s not what I said and number 2, he promised my comments would be off the record. He said, “well, my editor thought it was relevant and decided to put it in the article.”
An attorney for the husband (who shot his wife in the arm) threatened to sue me since it prejudiced his client. I told him what I said and about my tiff with the reporter. The attorney backed off and said please, no more interviews. I told him that was not a problem. I learned my lesson.
Reporters will destroy your life to get a story, they don’t care. STAY AWAY FROM THEM!!! That was 40 years ago and my blood pressure still goes up just thinking about it.
I remember watching Anderson Cooper on CNN when he proclaimed that he was trained by the CIA. I don’t think he was paying attention in that class. I’m pretty sure the CIA didn’t approve of that statement. As for saying Trump won’t pursue charges against Hillary, I’m pretty sure she has a get out of jail card. She wasn’t being corrupt in a vacuum. She knows where all the skeletons are. Both Democrat and Republican. Also, Henry Kissinger paid a visit to Trump the other day. He wasn’t looking for a job at the age of 92. He was delivering a message. From Brussels. The big boys were making sure he got the message.
Him, CIA must have been DESPERATE if they hired Anderson Cooper for anything. He’s a real dickhead.
Without revealing sources, this is gossip. We need the truth, not just articles that we would like to hear.
It would have been better to fire them. My guess is that Trump was honest and straight forward and not nearly as critical as reported.
If Trump says “I expect honesty”. The news media reports “Trump called us liars”. The news people ARE liars. And that’s the truth!
November 22 is the anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy which took place on the 33rd latitude.
“We are opposed to secret societies…”
All Free Masons:
11 + 22 = 33
Notice how the Trojan Horse vice peddler could care less about the lies and manipulation of the mainstream media when it comes to poisonous toxic chemical filled GMO fake food garbage, deadly chemical filled vaccines dumbing down our children they peddle non-stop, and the psychotropic drugging of America and other Big Pharma horror they broadcast to “ask your doctor, tell your doctor” all day long to the programmed indoctrinated toxic dumps, oh no, Demon Donald only cares how the mainstream media lied when it came to HIM….”YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS”
Trump never mentioned GMOs during his campaign that I am aware of. I don’t know what his position is with regards to this.
To increase your knowledge, watch the free series. Part six, on the brain diseases, is available for free today, maybe part five is still running. Part seven, the final one of the seven part free showing airs after six pm tonight.
There was a message that it might be some bank, just ignore and continue.
betrayal series . com
…”and jams and jellies.”
as a supporter of trumps, I’m beginning to thing he is also a liar, he flop flopped 6 times today and the big thing that poed me is he is not going to go after the Clintons
No he never said he was not going after the Clintons. He stated he wasn’t going after Helllery for the E mail crapola. I pretty shure the investigation into the Clinton foundation will continue. I don’t think Obummer can pardon a foundation? I hope the destroy the foundation and make them pennyless.
If Trump whips the money changers out of the temple. The media they own will yell crusify him . Then they will pay protesters to yell crusify him. Then he will be arrested in the night and crusified before anyone can stop them. Kennedy tried with the treasury note . Saddam tried with the Euro. Quadaffi tried withe the Denar. Hitler tried . Only the coming messiah can stop the children of Satan.
Trump has been building skyscrapers most of his life. He compares different architects designs. Hires experts to Evaluate them for strength longevity price. He knows what a building can take . And he lives in New York. He knows building 7 could not have collapsed like it did whithout being hit buy anything. So what is he going to do about it? They Have to stop him . One way or another . Regardless of the cost. Or they are all in it together? Or they will threaten to Kennedy his family.? Would Trump back down ? Or wait until he has the military and take them down in secret ? If he’s smart he will purge the military of obamarats first consolidate power first then strike. And that might take some time.so don’t go off half cocked?
Henry Kissinger needs to crawl under a rock and remain there. – CNN is in 3rd place, and their ratings are in the toilet. I can’t stand A. Cooper, Wolf Blitzer. On Fox, I can’t stand Megyn Kelly. She disgusts me. I have not watched any of the cable news in months, especially as it got closer to the election date.
It was freeing and liberating to shut off the news media, and pursue other things. Still doing it today. – I am glad that Trump called all of them out on their deception, lies, and obvious favoritism towards the hildebeast. They all deserved it. – I also like how Trump goes right to the U.S. citizens and bypasses them. They were confronted and had their asses handed to them. Good.
The enemy had a meeting to see how to conquer.
Most of the lying media scumbags should be literally in front of a firing squad, not figuratively.
Over the years I was on job assignments in Canada and also in several Pacific Rim countries. The difference between getting the news about the US in those countries and getting the news here was like night and day.
We may not have ‘official’ censorship here but with the amount of leftist, liberal spin that we DO have in most of our major news sources, it’s impossible to tell where the spin stops and censorship begins.
The news cable media does NOT report the news – All of them DISTORT the news. Fox, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC.
They think the majority of the American people are stupid. They were wrong.
I think we all agree that the media has gone far beyond the realm of reality. Once, a long time ago, a newspaper giant got into black journalism. William Randolph Hurst ran amok spewing whatever sold papers. It took years to get the journalism schools to produce qualified reporters that actually searched out and reported the news as it happened.
Haing taken many journalism classes, though never going further, I understand the theory of journalism – the real kind. AND no where in there does it say you hide the news, turn the news around to fit your agenda, pick sides in a political situation and lambast or deny the other party fair representation. It seems today’s media either did not get the memo or they choose to return to the Hurst method of journalism.
That said, it is far past time to take away some of the imagined power of the press (media). It is time the amendment they hide behind be readdressed and teeth be installed to ensure fairness and the truth. If they still choose to continue then have sufficient penalty(ies) in place to ensure proper and truthful reporting.
Get off your collective asses Congress and try to do something right for a change, Oh, I know, you fear these word mongers too. Well, grab a hold and go after them – they can only do this along as you let them.
Trump is giving the idiots a chance to abandon their FAKE NEWS and give the true facts without their liberal opinions twisting them>
If they don’t start treating him with true facts, he will destroy their FAKE news monopoly.
It is high time someone has the gonads to call the lying media out in public. They will lie no matter what, so Trump has not hurt himself with them, but maybe the public will wake up to the fact that the media are not neutral, but very biased against any conservative idea or person.
These people (CNN) are loonies. They don’t care what you call them. They do care they get to lie to you.
It’s in their bones. Yeah, the diagnosis is it’s WORSE THAN CANCER.
Can hardly wait till they die!!