Donald Trump has set up an off-the-record meeting with the country’s five biggest television networks for this afternoon. Participants will not be able to divulge what is said, but the future POTUS is said to want to talk to TV executives about how they got it wrong during the presidential campaign.
According to TMZ, Donald Trump is meeting with top television executives today at 1 p.m. at Trump Tower, and tomorrow, he will do the same with the New York Times executives and others. Sources say that Trump fully intends to inform the media of his feelings and does not plan to hold back despite them being his harshest critics.
Fox40 reported that executives and network anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Fox News will all be in attendance at today’s meeting. NBC’s cable news network MSNBC is included in the invitation as well.
The meeting is intended to be off the record, so the public will not be informed about what is divulged. President Obama and other government officials have occasionally had similar off-the-record sessions with reporters, anchors, and other media personnel in the past.
The meeting was organized by Donald Trump’s campaign manager and now senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway.
Donald Trump has had long-standing relationships with many people in the television news business. However, during his political campaign for president, Trump waged an anti-media crusade.
Many are questioning whether Donald Trump will provide the same levels of press access that presidents in the past have permitted, such as a traveling “press pool” and regular news conferences.
Trump has vilified the media many times during the election months, especially the New York Times and the Washington Post.
The evening after he won the presidential election, Trump dodged the press and went out to dinner instead. The press was outraged that Trump did not play by the rules, according to the Poynter website.
“Journalism organizations call on Trump to uphold traditions of White House coverage.”
As Fox News host Meghan Kelly continued her book tour this week, she sat down with her own network for an interview with colleague and host of Fox News’ Media Buzz, Howard Kurtz.
Kelly was questioned about her claims that “certain TV hosts were in the tank for Donald Trump” and that “they would arrange with Trump in advance to ask him critical questions or do certain hits on him so they would appear to have some credibility.”
Kurtz asked Kelly if certain media hosts of “play-acting.”
“Yes, it was acting.”
Megyn Kelly wouldn’t name any names, but she was adamant about her claim.
“But trust me. This did happen, and it’s been confirmed to me by more than one television executive.”
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Sean Hannity took to Twitter to fight back after he felt like he had been one of the accused.
Hannity was criticized throughout the presidential campaign for his fawning over Trump.
Back in September, the host was reprimanded by Fox News for appearing in a campaign video for Donald Trump. He was ordered by Fox to cease and desist.
The network told the Daily Beast that this was Hannity’s last time appearing in Trump campaign productions.
“We were not aware of Sean Hannity participating in a promotional video. And he will not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election season.”
During an appearance on CBS This Morning last week, Bill O’Reilly implied that she was trying to “make the network look bad.”
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