Source: News Bharati English22 Nov 2016 16:32:06
New York, Nov 22: US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday met with television news executives and some well-known TV journalists and did some ‘plain speaking’ with them on the campaign reporting in the just concluded election.
The meeting described as “reset” meeting for the members of the media was held at Trump Tower in New York on Monday in which Donald Trump did not hide is resentment towards the “unfair” and “dishonest” campaign reporting about him.
According to ‘The Washington Post’, participants in the meeting at Trump Tower described it as a contentious but generally respectful gathering.
The Post, however, reported that the hopes of the media elite for improving the relations with the forthcoming Trump administration were dashed off with the aggressive approach of the President-elect. Trump specifically called out reporting by CNN and NBC as ‘unfair’, Post reported quoting four people who attended the meeting on condition of anonymity because of the meeting was off the record. (The ground rules prevented the networks from reporting the very story they were part of.)
The group included some of the top news media figures that Trump had aimed barbs at during the campaign, including “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd; ABC News anchors George Stephanopoulos and David Muir; CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett; ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz; “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt; and a CBS News contingent that included Norah O’Donnell, Charlie Rose, John Dickerson and Gayle King.
Among the network news executives present were CNN Worldwide Chairman Jeff Zucker, NBC News President Deborah Turness, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, ABC News President James Goldston, and the four top executives from Fox News, Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace and Suzanne Scott.
Donald Trump does not have a smooth relationship with the media for a long time. He repeatedly called the media and press as “crooked” and “rigged”.
White House strategist Stephen K Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trumps son-in–law Jared Kushner accompanied the President-elect on this occasion.
The meeting didn’t include representatives of newspaper, radio or online-news organizations, although Trump has scheduled two meetings with the publisher and journalists from the New York Times on Tuesday, including one on-the-record session.
Trump’s unexpectedly combative tone at the meeting surprised everyone who expected the President-elect to adopt a harmonious tone for building a rapport with the media, the Post said quoting participants. In a ‘calm and deliberate’ voice Trump told the scribes that they had failed to provide their viewers with fair and accurate coverage. He also told them that they failed to understand him or his appeal to millions of Americans.
However, Trump made no mention about the airtime given by the networks to his campaign. Instead he called reporters as the “lowest form of Humanity” and repeatedly used the words “unfair” and “dishonest” to describe the coverage.
The President-elect targeted the CNN and several other reporters who, he believed, were ‘as unreasonably antagonistic toward him’.
One participant asked Trump for his definition of “fair,” noting that part of the news media’s job is to critically examine a candidate’s words and background. Trump replied that his definition was “truth.”
The participants variously described Trump as “combative,” “proud,” and “dismissive” toward the news organizations present.
He also shrugged off the need for a constant pool covering him, the people said, though he did not delve into specifics. Trump has repeatedly shirked his pool, upending a long-standing tradition of the president and president-elect.