From The New Yorker:
In the presence of television executives and anchors, Trump whined about everything from NBC News reporter Katy Tur’s coverage of him to a photograph the news network has used that shows him with a double chin. Why didn’t they use “nicer” pictures?
For more than twenty minutes, Trump railed about “outrageous” and “dishonest” coverage. When he was asked about the sort of “fake news” that now clogs social media, Trump replied that it was the networks that were guilty of spreading fake news. The “worst,” he said, were CNN (“liars!”) and NBC.
This is where we are. The President-elect does not care who knows how unforgiving or vain or distracted he is. This is who he is, and this is who will be running the executive branch of the United States government for four years. …
The participants all shook Trump’s hand at the start of the session and congratulated him, but things went south from there. The attendees included around two dozen anchors and executives from CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, and ABC, including Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Wolf Blitzer, Gayle King, David Muir, and Martha Raddatz. The Trump people did say that they would allow the new President to be followed, as tradition has had it, by a team of pool reporters.
Participants said that Trump did not raise his voice, but that he went on steadily at the start of the meeting about how he had been treated poorly. “It was all so Trump,” one said. “He is like this all the time. He’ll freeze you out and then be nice and humble and sort of want you to like him.”
“But he truly doesn’t seem to understand the First Amendment,” the source continued. “He doesn’t. He thinks we are supposed to say what he says and that’s it.”
Let’s be clear here. This was a meeting with the TV people, who, despite the efforts of a very small handful of responsible journalists in their ranks, throughout the campaign, handed the beige bloviator a jar of Vasoline, bent over, grabbed their ankles and said “Have your way with me!”
And those few responsible TV journalists weren’t invited to the meeting, because the attendees were the multimillion dollar on-air talent and their empty-suit overlords in the C-suites whose raison d’être is big ratings and high annual profits so they’re assured of their big bonuses at the end of the year.
Here’s a little more reality. When the GOP hordes in the House and Senate push through tax cuts for the folks who make the most money in America, the one percent include the sycophants the president-elect vomited all over at this meeting.
I haven’t watched television news in years, as I’ve indicated many times in this blog, because television news is a profit center that cares more about entertainment that fact. The 2016 election was its definitive moment.
People in print have their own flaws, but if it weren’t for the coverage by the legacy newspapers, we wouldn’t have known that Orange Slurpee was a bankrupt pseudo-billionaire pussy grabber (remember that the TV people had this story and sat on it) who ripped off students at his fake college (remember that print people focused on this) and used his “charitable foundation” to pay for his personal pleasures (remember that this came from a print reporter who simply asked organizations “did he really send you any money?”). In the meantime, the TV people thought quality journalism was putting a camera in front of an empty podium for an hour waiting for the dumpster to regurgitate more worms to his gaggle of gullible goslings.