Trump "Exploded" At Media Execs During Off-The-Record Meeting: "It Was A F--king Firing Squad"

Tyler Durden's picture

Earlier today we reported that in a "summit" organized by Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, executives and anchors from the major US media outlets, including CNN president Jeff Zucker, ABC News president James Goldston, Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, and NBC News president Deborah Turness, visited Donald Trump at his Trump Tower penthouse for an off the record meeting.

Courtesy of the Post, we have a complete list of the participants at the Trump media meeting: the hour-long powwow 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, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell John Dickerson, Charlie Rose, Christopher Isham and Gayle King, Fox News’ Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace, Suzanne Scott, MSNBC’s Phil Griffin and CNN’s Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett.

The contents of what was discussed were initially unclear.

Wolf Blitzer

Now, according to the Post and Politico, we learn that the President-elect "exploded at media bigs in an off-the-record Trump Tower powow on Monday."

It was like a f—ing firing squad,” one source told the Post.

According to the Post's recound of the conversation, “Trump started with Jeff Zucker and said I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed…."

Jeff Zucker (left)

“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 encounter.

The Post adds that “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…"

“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 network of liars.

“Trump didn’t say 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.

“Gayle 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."

Politico adds further details, according to which "Trump complained about photos of himself that NBC used that he found unflattering, the source said. Trump turned to NBC News President Deborah Turness at one point, the source said, and told her the network won’t run a nice picture of him, instead choosing “this picture of me,” as he made a face with a double chin. Turness replied that they had a “very nice” picture of him on their website at the moment."

Amusingly, since the meeting was off the record, meaning the participants agreed not to talk about the substance of the conversations, it means they will most likely be unable to confirm or deny the Post's report.

Politco's recollection of events was slightly less dramatic:

The New York Post on Monday afternoon portrayed a much more heated meeting, including a quote from one source who said the encounter was “like a f–ing firing squad.” The Post also said Trump called CNN journalists “liars” and that they should be “ashamed.” The source who spoke with POLITICO characterized the meeting as less intense, and said the discussion included Trump expressing the possibility of a “reset” of the tumultuous relationship between the president-elect and the media and that all he wants is “fairness.”


Asked how he defines fairness by a network executive, Trump said simply, “The truth.” But aside from the few moments of contention in the beginning, the source said the meeting was largely substantive.

Politico also adds that Trump, flanked by chief of staff Reince Priebus and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway at the table, also expressed annoyance at the protective press pool and the complaints over him ditching the press when he went out to dinner last week with his family after reporters were advised he was in for the night. But Priebus assured the attendees that the protective press pool will be taken care of and it would all work out.

Other attendees at the meeting from Trump's team included chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, spokesman Jason Miller, and Republican National Committee chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer.

Asked for comment, Miller referred POLITICO to Conway’s comments to reporters after the meeting, in which she echoed the sentiments made in the meeting about turning over a new leaf with the media.


“There was no need to mend fences,” Conway said. “It was very cordial, very genial. But it was very candid and very honest. From my own perspective, it’s great to hit the reset button.”


Conway later on Monday hit back at the New York Post report. “He did not explode in anger,” she said.

While one can have a subjective interpretuation of the nuances at the meating, one thing was clear: Trump's attempt at a 'reset' will be frowned at by the media which is not used to this kind of treatment, even if the "kindler, gentler" version of events as reported by Politico is accurate.

It also means that what has already been a conventional war between the various US media organizations and Trump, is likely about to go nuclear.

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Canadian Dirtlump's picture

I was right. Shitburgers for all of them. AWESOME. I love how he summons people to light them up. No phone call. Don't go to them. Summon them to your gilded crib and go the fuck off on them. LMAO.

Perimetr's picture

AFter the meeting

all the ExeCs should have been eScortEd

into speCiaL vans that haD the ExhaUst

vEnteD bAck inTo the CAB

Delving Eye's picture

Wolf Blitzer has got to be one of the biggest douchebags on TV.

PrayingMantis's picture

... and each one of those MSM retards were spotted on their hands and knees exiting Trump Tower with a crow stuffed in each of their cotton mouths ...

Evil Peanut's picture

I wish there was a recording of the meeting, would pay $$$ to hear that hahaha

WorkingFool's picture

Trump better repeal the Internet regulations the Third World Marxist monkey imposed"


Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"“Gayle did not stand up, but asked some question, ‘How do you propose we the media work with you?"

How about you assholes just DO YOUR JOBS and tell the TRUTH!!  Quit lying for the shit show that is going on in DC.  You fuckers ENABLED all of this shit to happen----the swamp to fill. 

You were more concerned about getting the first woman president into office, a democrat.  If she had an R behind her name, all things being equal, you would have been all over her email scandal and every other scandal.  All you care about is the letter D, and getting as many letter D's into office as you can.  You are SUPPOSED to be the government WATCHDOG, not the government LAPDOG.

J S Bach's picture

He should have locked the doors and had Luca Brazi mow the (((dual-citizen traitors))) down.

johngaltfla's picture

The fuckers deserved it. And worse.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Caption for the picture of Wolf Blitzer: "I hope I can get Trump's boot out of my ass when I get home."

AVmaster's picture

Too bad it wasn't a real firing squad....

TeamDepends's picture

Hopefully, he made Stephanopoolos assume the position: Thank you President Trump, may I have another?

NvrGivUp's picture

See MSM below

The Swamps Self Serving Critters and Their Very Incestuous and Diseased Pond:


All Corporate/State Money (Pond Scum) - Taints the whole swamp… Literally sucks the oxygen from the ecosystem so that other creatures can’t develop or function as designed. Corporate Money in politics is the primary reason cronies simply don’t go to jail. The Clinton gang did not invent nor do they hold a monopoly on pay to play, though, it appears they’ve taken getting rich from the pond scum to a whole new level. Look who contributed to your representatives campaigns, you will quickly learn where their true loyalties reside. END CORPORATE and foreign $ in politics, period! SERVE the People not the corporations. ENFORCE RULE OF LAW EQUALLY! Soros, Monsanto, Walmart, Wahabis, etc., etc., etc. GET OUT OF DC and OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM - YOU ARE NO LONGER WELCOME.


Most Lobbyists (Leeches) - Immoral and slimy bagman for multinationals, globalists, and special interests of all sorts. They suck the integrity out of “For The People” decision making, these leeches infect willing, weak and greedy politicians. They are nourished handsomely by their never go to jail Pond Scum benefactors. They write the legislation to secure the pond scums existence and wealth while the snakes sign off and take your blood and money while shaking your hand smiling at you. Corporations being interpreted as individuals is an affront to the constitution, the Supreme Court placed corporate interests over the citizenship. I see dead people, our founding fathers rolling in their graves. End private & public company lobbying and pay to play, make it illegal for snakes to become leeches and visa versa.


Most Career Politicians (Snakes) - Reptilian recipients of money and favors from Leeches. They’re able to shape shift and morph for personal gain and career security and enhancement. They sell their souls and the best interests of their constituency to enrich themselves and ensure their paymasters perpetuation. They enjoy and are focused on enriching and securing the “political class” that lives in luxury at the expense of the working class. They speak w/ a forked tongue to the most underprivileged to secure their vote then do nothing to help those who elected them. They grow fatter, more corrupt and disconnected the longer they stay in the swamp. Most snakes are ego centric critters suffering from self aggrandizement and illusions of grandeur. I think psychologists have other terms they use, psychopathic comes to mind. Some become tainted once in the swamp, others already tainted, smell the dirty money and slither in already fully evil on arrival. ENACT TERM LIMITS! LOCK the conflict/corruption ridden revolving public/private doors!


Stale, self-serving and incompetent fiefdom building Dept. Heads and Mgrs. (Turtles) - Slow, low energy and lethargic creatures… Commonly more interested in protecting their unaccountable fiefdoms, massive wages, perks and the size of their budgets than running efficient operations. See the VA, DOE, DOA, IRS, BLM, DOI, etc. etc. etc. They are lifers, living off your tax dollars supporting bloated staffs, budgets, and luxury perks. Cut most depts. budgets > 25% to start.


The MIC - (Alligators) Scary, big $ appetites and always looking for trouble. Seems the business of war rules our international policy. Perpetual wars employ a lot of people and make some very, very rich. They are deeply entrenched and will snap viciously if peace threatens their meal plan. We need the Alligators for protection from the boogiemen residing in other swamps, we just need them much leaner and meaner. They have grown fat and inefficient charging too much and delivering too little. Hopefully, these alligators will become extinct in all the worlds swamps. Modernize the Gators!


The MSM - (Frogs and Crickets) Paid by and 100% dependent on the pond scum for survival. Frequently found mating with the snakes and leeches while bathing in the pond scum $. They present the pond scums lies, distortions and interests in overtly bias and manipulative ways. The frogs and crickets knowingly echo lies and fake stories told to them by their employers. They were once revered and a bit more covert but now their masters desperation has brought them into the light. They practice cannibalism and are listed as an endangered species until they change their EVIL and self-serving ways. They come in all colors: CNN, ABC, NPR, NBC, CBS, Wapo ,NYT, Huffpost and most others, all beholden, not much more than OBVIOUS propaganda tools for their corporate owners and advertisers. They are ALL slanted, $distorted$ and trying to own your mind, money, and vote. You can count on them to espouse what is in their best interest, packaged to appear to be in your best interest. The “news” is no longer the news, its an opportunity to manipulate and shape your opinion to their will and benefit. Turn it OFF!


Tarzan's picture

Another day goes by on Zero Hedge with no PizzaGate?

They're slaughtering children for the fun of it, while you sit on your pen, Tylers!

HedgeJunkie's picture

What Trump should immediately focus on is breaking up the four to six oligarchs that own the media into fifty or more separate entities.  Force competition and rid the elite of media control.

gonetogalt's picture

Yes, de-juiceification of media by any means.

Meanwhile, back at Tarzan's comment, this seems to be the biggest barrel bomb yet, if true. I don't know if this site is credible, but if so, the Podestas are almost certainly guilty on the Martha McCann kidnapping  :

And evidently Weiner is at least accessory after-the-fact.


tazs's picture

Euphoria aside, we might be in for a rude awakening with the new Chief.

Manthong's picture

“Romania and Poland have requested a bolstered NATO presence in their countries in the wake of Russia’s annexation by force of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.”

CBS… lying POS propaganda arm of the State Department.

I have not watched broadcast or cable TV in over five years and this is why.



Kina's picture

Quick quick start an incident before Trump comes in.

Trump will be like, NATO get the fuck out.

jeff montanye's picture

just hope trump isn't part of the incident.  today's a reminder of what they can do.

tbone654's picture

Trump is the "Gray Champion"

Lore's picture

We've seen more leadership in the past week than during the previous 20 years.

Figures that the Post couldn't even report THIS without yellow sensationalism.

Rubicon727's picture

What Trump should immediately focus on is breaking up the four to six oligarchs that own the media into fifty or more separate entities.  Force competition and rid the elite of media control.


Which prez allowed for this oligarchy? Was it under the Clinton administration?

Whatever - breaking up this oligarchic media sludge would go a long way in destroying these idiots.

Trump should only interview with FOX News, - and I don't mean Megyn Kelly, either!!


SixIsNinE's picture

no.    do only Infowars & ZeroHedge press conferences,   better, yes ?


Just Another Vietnam Vet's picture


Access Restrictions for companies like CNN CBS ABC NYT WP would be welcome to many.   A bunch of suck ups........

Maybe BIG Fines for false or twisted blatant bias in news stories or outright lies ? 

Break up of the monopolistic mega billionaire class that controls the news is a great idea........... bet.    Sadly, ....False News has become its own industry it seems

and the MSM still does not get it........   Truth and Honesty..........what the hell is that.????????


Ghordius's picture

"What Trump should immediately focus on is breaking up the four to six oligarchs that own the media into fifty or more separate entities.  Force competition and rid the elite of media control. "

that would be an anti-trust approach. something that is very seldom talked about in the US, note, then it involves the state hitting on Big Biz until it shatters in pieces

truth. a valuable commodity, based on factual evidence. is there really a demand for that?

sarz's picture

Imagine what would happen if it were illegal to knowingly sell falsehood. The Supreme Court ruled that it's a right of the press to lie. Maybe that's why the mainstream paid news is dying. 

sarz's picture

There needs to be a legal remedy to forces of the nation Judaia colluding to control the media. You already have ways of dealing with conspiracies by the Sicilian Mafia. Why not for Judaia, with its far more poisonous Talmudic ideology. How much longer does Steve Bannon have to keep up the nonsense about America's Judeo-Christian heritage? The Jewish Encyclopedia itself tells you that all but a fragment of 'religious' Jews are ideological heirs of the Pharisees, whom Jesus denounced again and again as sons of Satan. 

More Ammo's picture

Don't get me wrong because I am glad Trump "won".


However, you have just touched on one of the key issues that has been a huge enabler of this entire shit show for the last hundred years plus.

"Phoenix Corporations" that live forever and consume all unless they need to burn themselves down and emerge as another unscathed.


Sadly, Trump is a corporate whore which means that even if he could see the problem he would never remedy it.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Have you stopped to think that people are probably holding their fire until after Trump takes office?

Have you heard anything from Wikileaks lately? Don't think for a second that they're out of ammo.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

They will bite their tongue until they see there is no pardon.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

They will bite their tongue until they see there is no pardon.

jeff montanye's picture

i believe that this, absurd as it sounds, is the bipartisan recreation of, shall we call them, the "deep-state liasons" for both parties, the archetypals being george h.w. bush and bill clinton. probably allowed for control purposes, like skull and bones.

i wish i could interview ross perot hypnotized on scopalamine.  him not me.

what a tale his thoughts could tell . . . . just like an old time movie about a ghost from a wishing well.

p.s. bias: let's hope so.  he is now at his most vulnerable: certainly president, without the powers of the president, as ignorant as he ever will be again of the way the game is played at world class.

delacroix's picture

perot said papa bush suggested that bad things sometimes happen to people, like perot's daughter.

jeff montanye's picture

i hope your link is better than ernest hemingway's for "you are all a lost generation", "gertrude stein, in conversation."

FreedomGuy's picture

I read all the comments and I, too enjoy the media comeuppance.

I think Trump is making a much bigger point. It is a point that the media do not, yet get and it is worse than his dressing down.

THE POINT IS NO ONE NEED FEAR THEM ANY MORE. Republicans and conservatives have always played nice-nice hoping the media would be only half as bad to them as they might otherwise. The media, print and TV especially could make or break you. As a form of self preservation or minimizing media political hostility you sort of pretended they were neutral, interested in truth and halfway honest.

Now, the jig is up and no one, not even leftists really believe them. Trump voters shocked them because in spite of 24/7 hostility and propaganda, Trump still prevailed. In fact, his general hostility to THEM, the kingmakers was a net positive. If this story breaks big they will find millions jeering them, the media, the elite and not so much Trump.

The worst of all possibilities is beginning to happen. They don't matter any more. Their fire is doused and their charade is up. People who care about information are picking their own sources.

Let's see how they react. I dare say they cannot win by doubling down on the negative. It will simply further confirm who they are.

jeff montanye's picture

well put.  i think and hope you are right.

here's something on perot:

busting 9-11 will be the final nail in their coffin; i also hope that story here about the deep state fracturing and part of it turning against the neocons is true: can't hurt to have a deep throat or two, pushing the other way.

Best Satan in Town's picture

Thank you! I was thinking the same thing, what gives? Tyler has mentioned Spirit Cooking so I'm sure they know about it. That imbecile Alex Jones has mentioned it by this point even.

People here need to check out Reddit /r/pizzagate. Truly heinous shit.

Tall Tom's picture





I was going to defend our gracious host. I was going to write that it is too horrid to address.


But I cannot.








You, Best Satan in Town, are no Satan.

Mooregreen's picture

I agree, it's pretty interesting that ZH is not saying anything, especially with a link like this......Madeline McCann missing 2 people of interest still not interviewed.
This is a VERY important story.

Mooregreen's picture

I agree, it's pretty interesting that ZH is not saying anything, especially with a link like this......Madeline McCann missing 2 people of interest still not interviewed.
This is a VERY important story.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mooregreen Nov 21, 2016 10:31 PM

Nothing will come of this, that you can be sure.

It is so heinous that people won't believe it.

Like the Aquino Satanic daycare at the Presidio in San Francisco and the McMartin preschool (which was real) a few of the kids had STDs.

The media will mock anyone who tries to bring this up even.

Saul Alinsky tactic.

IndyPat's picture

I respectfully disagree.

Something has happened to the very fabric of reality. Something shifted....and we all came along with it.
I no longer buy this idea that the so called elites won't get theirs. That people are just ok to let it ride and shrug it.
I don't think too big to fail will work in the current dimension we find ourselves in. That shit flew once. I don't think it will anymore.
Hank said there'd be tanks in the street. No. The tanks will roll to the banks.
The worm has turned. People are getting hard. I could give you many examples, but the best one is that somewhere, right now....that old whore is floating her liver in Grey Goose Vodka and wheezing and stewing over what she thought was hers.

Look at how many said, she can't be beat. She owns the machines. Blah blah blah.

Nope. Something is catching fire and fixing to cleanse. Not just here in the US, either.
I can taste it.

Ms No's picture

Something definitely has shifted.  Even the planet seems to be shifting in unison.  Things are moving faster too.  I wish it would move faster though because this is like a slow torture.  It's like the Matrix but exceedingly more annoying.  These weird murderous old degenerates have gotten away with this for far too long.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) IndyPat Nov 22, 2016 7:49 AM

He specifically mentioned PIZZAGATE onstage in San Jose- one of the reasons its been trending on twitter, along with the twittergate because they are banning people who are reporting twitter accounts that are sharing child porn. Twitter allowing the open dissemination of child porn is a massive story but no one is touching it.


Now Chelsea Clinton was tweeting about how to diagnose dementia yesterday.

Seems it will be "she is crazy, not evil"

StychoKiller's picture

"What will be our last thought,  do you think it's coming soon?

Will it be of comfort, or the pain of a burning wound?"

More Ammo's picture

All that about a global consciousnesses could possibly have a place in the current reality.


The ongoing experiments being done with computers and "random" numbers and what they spit out on 9-11 is compelling.


Anyone watch Touch?


Edit:  I would really like to see the "random" nubers the computers spit out on election day when it was announced that Trump "Won".

Clashfan's picture

More people believe this than you think, but the media will respond as you say.

My bet is ZH will never run it. How long did it take them to run even a 911 truth piece or two, and how many have they run?

Prove me wrong, Tylers. That would be cool.

Gosch is Gannon. How many mainstream outlets or even major alt sites covered that properly?