Monday, November 21, 2016

Today In The First Amendment & Winning Friends & Influencing People

Oh my.
President-elect Donald Trump raged at anchors and executives from America’s five largest television networks during an off-the-record meeting Monday, according to a new report.

Two sources described the hour-long meeting at New York City’s Trump Tower in catastrophic terms to The New York Post.

“It was like a fucking firing squad,” one source said of the meeting. "Trump started with [CNN President] 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 Post’s second source said the meeting included 30 to 40 people, and said Trump also took aim at ABC and NBC.

“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room full of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong,'" the source said. "He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. Trump didn’t say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about a female correspondent who got it wrong.

“Then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when [Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary [Clinton] lost [and] who hosted a debate — which was [ABC’s] Martha Raddatz, who was also in the room.”
Christ, what an asshole.

Then Trump's bottle-blonde Denier-in-Chief opened her not-really-denying ("He did not explode in anger"; doesn't deny any of the alleged statements, however.) yap, & issued a threat.
Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway disputed the New York Post story.

"No, that's not true at all," she said on Bloomberg Politics' 'With All Due Respect." "I sat right to his left. He did not explode in anger. By the way, it's an off-the-record meeting so whoever said that and mischaracterized it should think twice."

Monday’s meeting was attended by ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News and CNN, as well as MSNBC, NBC’s cable news arm.

The meeting was arranged by Conway, who served as Trump’s campaign manager for the final few months of the White House race. The conversation was deemed off-the-record, meaning the participants agreed not to publicly discuss its contents.

Trump regularly attacked the media throughout his campaign, calling it “corrupt” and labeling reporters as “outright liars.”

The billionaire has not yet held a press conference as president-elect, a longstanding tradition for America’s new leaders.
Maybe you should think twice yourself, Ms. Conway. The next administration may not be as forgiving of criminal activities by its predecessors as chickenshit Obama's admin. was.

UPDATE 1825 P.S.T.: Steve M. thinks it's all posing bullshit, & the N.Y. Post's "source" could easily be Trump hisse'f or a flunky/flunkie.


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