Mainstream Media Execs, Anchors Spotted Going For "Off The Record" Meeting With Donald Trump

Tyler Durden's picture

Update 2: According to CNN, on the subject of media access to Trump, a source said there was "real progress" made during the meeting with TV execs.

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Update: around 2:15pm Eastern, the execs have been spotted departing from the meeting:

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Bloomberg political reporter Jennifer Epstein reports that a gaggle of mainstream media TV executives and anchors entered the Trump Tower elevators shortly before 1pm for a meeting with Donald Trump. Among those named were the who-is-who of the prime time news circuit, including the following.


George Stephanopoulos
Martha Radatz
David Muir


Charlies Rose
John Dickerson
Norah O'Donnell
Gayle King


Jeff Zucker
Wold Blitzer
Erin Burnett


Bill Shine
Jack Abernethy
Jay Wallace
Suzanne Scott


Deborah Turness
Lester Holt
Chuck Todd

Several executives from the network news divisions were also spotted on the way into Trump Tower: CNN president Jeff Zucker, ABC News president James Goldston, Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, and NBC News president Deborah Turness

According to CNN, the meeting was organized by Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who is now a senior adviser to Trump. NBC's Chuck Todd and Lester Holt; CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett; CBS's Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose, John Dickerson, and Gayle King; and ABC's George Stephanopoulos were some of the anchors who were seen entering Trump Tower shortly before 1 p.m.

Sources said the meeting would involve Trump, Conway and representatives from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Fox News. (NBC's cable news channel MSNBC is included in the NBC invitation, Conway noted.) 


The substance of the meeting is intended to be off the record, meaning the participants will not divulge what is said.


President Obama and other government officials occasionally hold similar off the record sessions with reporters, anchors and other media bigwigs. (Obama talked off the record with the reporters traveling with him on the way home from Peru on Sunday night.)

As CNN adds, "there are many looming questions about whether Trump will provide the same levels of press access that past presidents have permitted, like a traveling "press pool" and regular news conferences." It also notes that most presidents-elect hold a news conference within days of being elected. Trump was elected almost two weeks ago and has not taken questions in that setting yet. However, he has been interviewed on the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes," and he answered a few shouted questions from reporters over the weekend.

It remains to be seen if there will be a notable shift in the MSM's coverage tone of the Trump administration following the meeting.

Readers can watch the Trump elevators in real time courtesy of the following C-Span lifefeed, after the jump:

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Nov 21, 2016 1:32 PM

Apply a Fairness Doctrine to them and their over the top Democrat/Socialist/Big Central Planning party promotions that they call "news?"

t0mmyBerg's picture

I no longer watch any of the mainstream news channels for any reason, especially sports which pays for their losing news operations.  Calling it news is charitable.  Fucking hacks

thetruthhurts's picture

As of this moment, it is unclear what the purpose of the meetings is...


It's notify the motherfuckers that they won't be getting Press Credentials, a chance to ride Air Force One or sit in on the daily White House Briefings this go around.....They will ALL be going to the Alt-Media.

cayman's picture

Meeting to show them parachute-less base jumping I hope.

BaBaBouy's picture

Meeting The Inlaws...

Ghost of Porky's picture

I hope it's an indoor charcoal barbeque.

BaBaBouy's picture

Giving them a grand tour off The Tower's Torture Chambers...

bh2's picture

Probably the Trump Team just taking a recreational break for some midget-tossing.

BennyBoy's picture


A who's who of the Fake News Networks.

PrayingMantis's picture


... were they all on their hands and knees entering Trump Tower? ...



Manthong's picture

“Can’t we all just get along?”




Stephanopolous can resume the Iraq and Mideast body count every Sunday that he suspended during the Obama regime.

Gold...Bitches's picture

I hope its to tell them that if they keep this shit up on the fake crap they will be last in line for the next eight years.

RiverRoad's picture

Ahh, the whorish pressitutes doing obsequious groveling, and polishing Trump's shoes with their tongues; all being secretly recorded for our viewing pleasure..... in my dreams.

PS   I hope Trump lets Tyler on AF 1 with a bag over his head.  Or ME....I'll go, I'll go!!!

cheka's picture

march them straight to the firing line

GUS100CORRINA's picture

It looks like these MSM people have "SOILED THEIR UNDERWARE" because people no longer TRUST them. Viewership probably in the TOILET. I will bet money TRUMP has the goods on all of them.

TRUMP probably reading them the RIOT act and getting ready to apply a lot of heat. For example, he is probably telling them how "MAD" he was about how they made him a public spectacle and ATTEMPTED TO DESTROY his reputation. I will bet he is quoting: "I AM GOING TO HAVE SOMEONE'S ASS IN MY BRIEFCASE!!!!"

I suspect, some of these people will see their careers FLASH BEFORE THEIR EYES.

The time has come to DRAIN THE MSM SWAMP!!!

RiverRoad's picture

Swamp is right.  They're all a bunch of whores.  In five minutes Trump will have them saying, "Hillary who?"  Obama who?"  and then Trump and all the rest of us can have a good laugh at those creeps.

He who laughs last.....    LOL

X_in_Sweden's picture
X_in_Sweden (not verified) BennyBoy Nov 21, 2016 3:06 PM

According to,

Gerald Celente & Greg Hunter, the Lügenpresse-Presstitutes are finito, finished !!!

Interview from yesterday at :


Gerald Gelente-2017 Predictions-MSM Gone and Financial Market Panic Coming


Duane Norman's picture

They just refuse to accept their own inferior product. Trump's gonna laugh them out of the room.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Duane Norman Nov 21, 2016 2:46 PM

I can tell you what Trump said to each one of these guys/gals.  It's the same statement:

TRUMP: Look asshole, you tried your damnedest to keep me out of the White House.  Now I'm going to give you an ultimatum.  You'll fall in line and support me and my policies or I'll instruct my son to BUY your fucking network and fire your ass.  Got that? 

NETWORK PERSON: Yes, sir! Got it!

TRUMP: Now get the fuck out of my office.

NETWORK PERSON: Yes, sir.  Thank you sir.


FGH's picture

I hope Trump at least made Lester Holt use the servants entrance around back

RiverRoad's picture

Re Lester Holt et al:    Ahh.....SWEET  WIKI LEAKS.    LOL

Doña K's picture

Trump should include selected online news outfits so that he shows he is inclusive and as libs call it "DIVERSE"

caconhma's picture

Go ahead Trump. Kiss off and make up with the establishment propaganda executives.

After all, they have given you endless opportunities and free time to communicate with voters portraying you as a rebel against the establishment. Now, the bullshit is over and time is to return to the business as usual.


Just remember that Trump is NOT Theodor Roosevelt who was an American statement, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and REFORMER! Trump is just a slumlord, a real estate mogul whose pimary business was feeding from various government troughs and getting bankrupt when he tried to do bussiness on his own.

Moe Hamhead's picture

Do I detect a little bitterness there?  Maybe jealous a wee bit?

And you made your Billions how? ...the hard way?

AllTimeWhys's picture

Makes them all sit there and watch as he choke slams Wolf Blitzer as an example of what happens when you fuck with the new boss.

BullyBearish's picture

"It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again"...

SWRichmond's picture

Their "careers" are predicated on access.  After pissing Trump off, what can they say?  Get in line to give Trump a blowjob?

TahoeBilly2012's picture

A cackle of Jews trying to position themselves for an entire new set of lies and false narratives around a guy who just doesn't play ball.

chunga's picture

“My administration will be the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”

- Trump

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Trump's mentor was a gay Jew. Not only does he play ball, but most likely with balls too.

JRobby's picture

Looks like most of Ron Paul's fake journalist list.

Trump offered them one way tickets to New Zeland to cover the lifestyles of the rapidly migrating elite's.

New Zeland refused them entry so instead they will be sent to sea on a luxury cruise boat that will be lost at sea.

The end.

ThanksChump's picture

Maybe he keeps an elevator shaft flooded with hydrochloric acid for this purpose.


I probably would. An absence of a victim makes a murder charge difficult.

Apocalicious's picture

I don't care who you are, but that's funny right there...

BullyDog's picture

Don't suppose a firing squad is out of the question. 

MANvsMACHINE's picture

He is giving each one of them a 'Make America Great Again' baseball cap and sending them back outside to talk to the protesters.

RiverRoad's picture

Gives new meaning to the adage "When you shoot, don't miss."

The whole reason they're there is because they shot and MISSED big time.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) thetruthhurts Nov 21, 2016 1:43 PM

"It's notify the motherfuckers that they won't be getting Press Credentials..."

That works. There is a reason that the 1st Amendment exists, specifically calling out the right of a press that the government doesn't interfere with. As this past election and WikiLeaks show, these corporations who claim to be the press are actually part of the Big Central Planning political and marketing movement.

BTW - I like the new spelling for Wolf Blitzer: "Wold Blitzer"

froze25's picture

Off the record is usually off the record. If a Journalist breaks that, good look getting anyone to trust you again.

Arnold's picture

At this point, what difference does it make?

Many of us didn't trust them before they went up the Tower.

These poeple talk for a living, there is no chance of them being mutes on what was said.

Parafuso's picture

These people are stenographers, not journalists.

RiverRoad's picture

Who specialize in very Creative Writing. 

ebear's picture

Wold is an old English word for forest, so...

Forest Blitzer meets Donald Gump...heh.

Sofa King's picture

Looks like a desperate attempt to stay relevant. That ship has sailed.

I look at what the kids are son is 13 and wants nothing to do with traditional television or newspapers and he knows shit before I do. Last Christmas he asked me to remove the cable box from his room and replace it with Apple TV and all he's used that for is to watch shit on You Tube.

My daughter is 7 and she won't watch anything with a commercial unless you can forward through them or x out of them within a few seconds.

I don't see them or their friends giving a shit about what George Stephanapoluos or Erin Burnett have to say. Not now, not ever.