Trump criticizes journalists at media summit

In an off-the-record summit between Donald Trump and media executives and reporters, the president-elect slammed them for their "dishonest coverage" during the campaign.
Trump slams media for their coverage Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Monday), when Trump spoke with the news anchors and the executives of the leading news networks, he decided to reprimand them for their coverage of him during the presidential campaign.

40 reporters, including Lester Holt, Charlie Rose, George Stephanopoulos and Wolf Blitzer, attended the media summit that was supposed to be off-the-record. During the summit, Trump delivered a clear message to the journalists: you got it wrong.

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Trump accused the national television networks of dishonest reporting and of missing the clear signs of his victory. According to a source who attended the meeting, Trump called out by name CNN Chief Jeffrey Zucker. "It was like a f–ing firing squad," said a source about the summit. “Trump started with Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’” the source told the New York Post.

“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong,’” the source told the newspaper. “He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars.”

However, Trump's senior-level adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters that the meeting went well. “Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks,” she said. “Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days.”

Although the meeting was off-the-record, some of the people who attended it decided to share what happened behind the closed doors.


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