Big names in cable and TV news channels are still grumbling about last week's off-the-record meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York in which the president-elect criticized them for their election and post-election coverage, noted Grumpy Editor.
A source told the New York Post that 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.”
Trump started with CNN chief Jeff Zucker and said, "I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed," added the source.
About three dozen people were in attendance --- and silenced.
Among attendees were NBC’s Deborah Turness, 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 Gayle King; Fox News’ Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace and Suzanne Scott; MSNBC’s Phil Griffin, and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett and Zucker.
After the meeting, Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway said the gathering went well.
The following night at the annual dinner of the Committee to Protect Journalists, hosts included New Yorker editor David Remnick and CNN chief Zucker, both warning that the fight for press freedom has moved “close to home.”
Alan Murray, Fortune editor who attended the dinner, said, “How well the press can function in the era of Trump is one of many questions hanging over the months ahead.”
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