November 22, 2016
Sometimes, you smile in order not to cry.
One of the great things about this presidential campaigns is that it showcased how obsolete and irrelevant the mainstream media has become.
It used to be that politicians were completely dependent on the media in order to communicate their messages to the public. Thus, news anchors and journalists were important intermediates and messengers for the ruling classes, and could make or break politicians by altering their coverage.
However, in the age of social media, Trump had the capacity to communicate directly with the people, foregoing the need to cater to reporters. Suddenly, all these subversive shills were put out of a job.
Now that the dust has settled, the losers are coming crawling back to beg for crumbs.
President-elect Donald Trump met privately with top network executives and anchors at Trump Tower on Monday for an off-the-record gathering that comes amid serious concerns about the level of access journalists will receive from the incoming White House.
The who’s who of TV news included network presidents, such as NBC’s Deborah Turness and ABC’s James Goldston, and high-profile anchors like CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Network anchors have traditionally held off-the-record lunches with the president ahead of the State of the Union address, and President Barack Obama held several private discussions with leading columnists and commentators. But it’s less common to have both network bosses and top on-air talent to meet with a president, or in this case, the president-elect.
Indeed, because this isn’t a routine meeting.
The very survival of these news organization will depend on their relationship with the new president.
Presumably, they’re begging the Donald to stop using twitter and instead start talking to them again.
The media failed to strongly challenge Trump’s unprecedented constraints on the press during the campaign. As president-elect, he has given journalists limited access, including rejecting a “protective pool” of a few rotating reporters who cover his travels. He hasn’t held a press conference since July.
Who needs a press conference when you can livestream speeches and announcements on the internet?
These media Jews did everything in their power to prevent him from getting elected. Now, they’re at his mercy, and have no power left. He’s free to lay down whatever rules he desires to get these people to cooperate. Their survival depends on it.
They must now dance in the palm of his hand.
New York Times reporters and editorial columnists will have an opportunity to question Trump on the record when he visits the paper on Tuesday, according to a Times spokesperson. The president-elect will also first meet privately with a small group at the paper, including publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Trump repeatedly attacked the “failing” Times throughout the 2016 election and threatened multiple lawsuits, but also gave the paper significant access.
Although the gathering at the Trump Tower was off the record, the event wasn’t kept a secret. Some of the most prominent figures in business began parading through the building ahead of a 1 p.m. meeting (as seen on C-SPAN’s camera located in the building’s lobby).
Stephanopoulos at Trump Tower ahead of off the rec meeting with network execs and anchors pic.twitter.com/nKRHrOfkxp
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) November 21, 2016
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 21, 2016
The meeting was off the record. This means that the people present aren’t allowed to talk about what was being said.
But we got leaks.
Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post.
“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.
A second source confirmed the fireworks.
“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,” the other source said.
“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.
I would pay a lot to get the footage of that meeting. Maybe we can crowd-fund a bounty for a leak?
We’re going to be seeing a significant shift in the media’s coverage of Trump over the next few weeks, I can assure you of that.
Because if we don’t, these media companies are going to lose whatever audience they have left. Trump isn’t going to be giving access to hostile, lying Jews. And that means people will be getting their news exclusively from the internet.
And the internet is now Republican territory.