Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Educating of the Press

According to what I readtwo dozen anchors and executives from CBS, NBC, CNN, and ABC, including Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Wolf Blitzer, Gayle King, David Muir, and Martha Raddatz and some others (NBC’s Deborah Turness, Lester Holt, ABC’s James Goldston, George Stephanopoulos, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell John Dickerson, Charlie Rose, Christopher Isham, Fox News’ Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace, Suzanne Scott, MSNBC’s Phil Griffin and CNN’s Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett) were invited to a press briefing and with the President-elect were his top aides including Stephen Bannon, Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus, and Kellyanne Conway (also spokesman Jason Miller, and Republican National Committee chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer).

Trump blasted the media coverage.

The reactions?

One participant at the meeting said that Trump’s behavior was 

“totally inappropriate” and “fucking outrageous.” 

Another remarked 

“I have to tell you, I am emotionally fucking pissed,”

Another source I reviewed contained this 

“It was like a f–ing firing squad,”

and this

“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 [a] network of liars,” the source said.

In a separate incident, an interview, I caught this exchange:

"I think we should all learn from the election that this doesn't fly with the voters," she [Kellyanne Conway] said, adding that CNN is "focusing on divisions" by calling out Trump's tweets.

"This network and other people will always be focused on divisions. How about accepting the election results,[CNN host] Chris [Cuomo], and letting him form a government?" Conway said. "He is a leader and takes the counsel of many people, and that's exactly what he's doing."

"And a leader should also have thick skin," Cuomo shot back.

My takeaways:

1. Media people use the "F" word a lot.

2. Media people do not seem to have thick skin themselves.

3. They probably still don't think they did too much wrong during the campaign.

4. This is going to be some ride. 


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