When I first read the story in the New York Post claiming that Donald Trump had blasted the press in an “off the record” meeting, my initial reaction was: if the press leaked it, that shows he’s right.
But then I realized: these quotes could have been cleverly planted by a pro-Trump source. Yes, one source called the meeting a “total disaster,” which sounds like a member of the press. But the same quote said Trump gave the press a “Trump-style dressing down.” And another source referred to Martha Raddatz as “a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate.” This was starting to sound less like a member of Big Media and more like John Barron, Trump’s alter ego.
Well, it’s now crystal clear that some of the leakers of this “off the record” meeting are from the press, as we learned from a New Yorker piece published today. I’ll bleep the bad language from the sniveling, peevish reporters. Get ready for a belly laugh:
The over-all impression of the meeting from the attendees I spoke with was that Trump showed no signs of having been sobered or changed by his elevation to the country’s highest office. Rather, said one, “He is the same kind of blustering, bluffing blowhard as he was during the campaign.”
Another participant at the meeting said that Trump’s behavior was “totally inappropriate” and “f**king outrageous.” The television people thought that they were being summoned to ask questions; Trump has not held a press conference since late July. Instead, they were subjected to a stream of insults and complaints—and not everyone absorbed it with pleasure.
“I have to tell you, I am emotionally f**king pissed,” another participant said. “How can this not influence coverage? I am being totally honest with you. Toward the end of the campaign, it got to a point where I thought that the coverage was all about [Trump’s] flaws and problems. And that’s legit. But, I thought, O.K., let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. After the meeting today, though—and I am being human with you here—I think, F**k him! I know I am being emotional about it. And I know I will get over it in a couple of days after Thanksgiving. But I really am offended. This was unprecedented. Outrageous!”
Let’s start with the obvious point with which I began the post: This was supposed to be an off-the-record meeting. These press “sources” have no business talking about it — and the fact that they do, shows that they are liars, just like Trump said.
There is no overriding public interest that justifies their breaking their promise to keep this meeting off the record. What reason could there possibly be? To let the public know Donald Trump was rude to the press? He’s rude to the press all the time! Is it earth-shattering news that Trump is whiny, thin-skinned, vindictive, and obnoxious? Of course not! That’s how he’s been his whole life! What made them think he was going to stop being that way now?
No, the media sources who broke their word to keep this meeting confidential are untrustworthy snakes who have no justification for their actions. I hope the identities of these “sources” are leaked. They should be.
It’s nice to see that the press can be every bit as whiny and dishonest as Trump.
The press thinks we’re on their side because Trump acts like a petulant fishwife, boo-hooing about all the unfair coverage he has supposedly gotten. Wrong, press! Speaking for myself, I hate both of them. This is like watching Martin Shkreli and Justin Bieber in a celebrity boxing match. You’re not really rooting for either side. You just want it to be vicious, prolonged, and bloody . . . on both sides.