On Monday, the president-elect met with both executives and top anchors who represented the major U.S. television networks.
Quoting a source, Politico reported one of Trump’s complaints was how NBC chose unflattering photos:
The source said the meeting started with a typical Trump complaint about the “dishonest media,” and that he specifically singled out CNN and NBC News for example as “the worst.”
He also complained about photos of himself that NBC used that he found unflattering, the source said.
Trump turned to NBC News President Deborah Turness at one point, the source said, and told her the network won’t run a nice picture of him, instead choosing “this picture of me,” as he made a face with a double chin. Turness replied that they had a “very nice” picture of him on their website at the moment.
In addition to Turness, the hour-long meeting was attended by NBC’s Lester Holt and Chuck Todd, ABC’s James Goldston, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Martha Raddatz, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell John Dickerson, Charlie Rose, Christopher Isham and King, Fox News’ Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace, Suzanne Scott, MSNBC’s Phil Griffin and CNN’s Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett.
Although the meeting was off the record, another source provided sensational details to the New York 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.
Later that night, Trump tweeted to say it was “well-known” that he has properties across the globe. He blamed the “crooked media” for raising questions about them.
Prior to the election it was well known that I have interests in properties all over the world.Only the crooked media makes this a big deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
He has said repeatedly that he will leave his company to his children and have no interest in it — but three of his adult children are also playing key roles in his transition, a clear conflict of interest.
Also on Monday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo noted in an interview with Trump top aide Kellyanne Conway that most of the president-elect’s tweets don’t draw attention to his plan for the country, and Conway responded: “Why do you care?”
Just another day covering the looming presidency of president-elect Donald Trump.