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Trump Releases Thanksgiving Message on Facebook, Rather Than Speak Through the Press

He visited the New York Times press room, presumably to offer an olive branch to his hometown newspaper

 

November 26, 2016

"America is Our Home," says President Elect Donald Trump in this holiday message. He released it not through the mainstream media, but through Facebook. Trump used Twitter and other social media effectively in his quest for the presidency.

"The press swooned over Barack Obama and cried over Trump as they did over Bush. They keep connecting him to neo-Nazis, whom they call the Alt-right. Did the press go nuts about Farrakhan endorsing Obama in 2008? No," said former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. This explains why the President Elect released a holiday message on Facebook, rather than through the TV networks.

Eric Bolling interviewed Fleischer on FoxNews' O'Reilly Factor. Bolling point out that the newspaper "USA Today compares the election of Donald to 3 moments in American history-- the Civil War, the assassination of Martin Luther King, and Nixon's resignation. Can you believe this? Why would Trump even want to talk to them," he said. Bolling and Fleischer agreed that the mainstream media are all Democrats, and the Voters just elected someone they don't like as President.

"It's no surprise that when Trump punches the press, the public doesn't punch Trump back," said Fleischer. "They, the mainstream media, have lost their credibility with the American public."

Referring to President elect's videotaped holiday message released Wednesday on Facebook, Fleischer said: "Obama has paved the way for DT to ignore the White House press corps, and just put out a message on Facebook and Twitter. Trump has this fascinating ability to both go through the White House press corps, and go around them, all the while complaining about them."

Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told The Post. The meeting was "off the record," and journalists and media executives were invited on condition that they not disclose its content.

"It was like a f–ing firing squad," wrote the New York Post, the newspaper that pre-printed an edition on election eve with Donald Trump's picture and the word "LOSER" over his face. They created in other words, the most inaccurate newspaper headline since "Dewey Defeats Truman," based on universally inaccurate polls.

It should be said that Kellyanne Conway and Fox News executives described the meeting as friendly, cordial, productive, and genial. The New York Post however had a very different memory of the off the record meeting.

"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.

"Trump didn't say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room."

The stunned reporters tried to get a word in edgewise to discuss access to a Trump Administration.

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"[CBS Good Morning co-host Gayle] King did not stand up, but asked some question, 'How do you propose we the media work with you?' Chuck Todd asked some pretty pointed questions. David Muir asked 'How are you going to cope living in DC while your family is in NYC? It was a horrible meeting."

Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway told reporters the gathering went well.

"Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks," she said during a gaggle in the lobby of Trump Tower. "Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days."

The meeting was off the record, meaning the participants agreed not to talk about the substance of the conversations.

The hour-long session included top execs from network and cable news channels. Among the attendees were NBC's Deborah Turness, Lester Holt and Chuck Todd, ABC's James Goldston, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Martha Raddatz,

Also, 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.

Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, plans to meet with Trump Tuesday.

There was no immediate comment from the Trump Team.

 

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