This week, President-elect Donald Trump summoned “30 to 40” television executives and various anchors to Trump Tower to discuss a plan of action for new media. Since Trump has been significantly underrated thus far, this is a very Trump-like approach to the leftist media.
Trump’s Firing Squad
The New York Post reported the colorful transaction. During an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post, “Donald Trump scolded media big shots.”
“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.
The Fireworks Continued
A second source confirmed the meeting fireworks. Joe Flint reported a similar transaction, but delivered a PG-version of the conversation.
“During the meeting, which was organized by Mr. Trump’s staff, the President-elect criticized the executives and correspondents for their election coverage and predictions that he would lose to Hillary Clinton,” according to a person familiar with the gathering. The President-elect also complained about some of the post-election coverage as well, but wants to wipe the slate clean, this person said.”
Some examples used to support Trump’s point-of-view, included Martha Raddatz, who moderated a presidential debate, but also cried over Hillary’s loss during the ABC election night coverage.
Considering that Trump is now our president, an apology from all around would seem to be in order. Until that happens, we’ll continue to see sad, disrespectful actions from mainstream press.
Giving President Trump “A Shot”
Over the weekend, the head of BET-TV, Bob Johnson, urged viewers to give President Trump “a shot.” He continued, “I have known President-elect Trump for some time. I knew him when I was running a bet, and I’ve seen him at a number of events, and it’s my conclusion that we can find common ground with the Trump Administration.
I know I had a great dialogue with him, with his son-in-law, Jared, and I know Reince Priebus, so my approach to these guys is look, “I don’t look at you as enemies, and I don’t look at you as necessarily friends. I look at the question as, on behalf of African-Americans, I’m talking about, we have permanent interests. That doesn’t mean that one day we won’t support you or one day we will support you.” And that’s where the African-American voter should be.”
Another source said he was very aware of the varied ratings within the media meeting. President Trump also understands the ins and outs of the networks, partially due to his hit franchise. The entire room knows of Trumps success within the realm of reality television, along with his ability to captivate audiences. I would think this, along with his position as our president, makes him a man worth listening to.