Donald Trump Met Privately With Network Executives And Anchors – Huffington Post
NEW YORK ― President-elect Donald Trump met privately with top network executives and anchors at Trump Tower on Monday for an off-the-record gathering that comes amid serious concerns about the level of access journalists will receive from the incoming White House.
The who’s who of TV news included network presidents, such as NBC’s Deborah Turness and ABC’s James Goldston, and high-profile anchors like CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Network anchors have traditionally held off-the-record lunches with the president ahead of the State of the Union address, and President Barack Obama held several private discussions with leading columnists and commentators. But it’s less common to have both network bosses and top on-air talent to meet with a president, or in this case, the president-elect.
Attendees at Monday’s meeting declined to comment to reporters afterward, given the off-the-record ground rules. By agreeing to such conditions, journalists expected to deliver the news to the public must withhold details of a newsworthy meeting with the president-elect.
The media failed to strongly challenge Trump’s unprecedented constraints on the press during the campaign. As president-elect, he has given journalists limited access, including rejecting a “protective pool” of a few rotating reporters who cover his travels. He hasn’t held a press conference since July.
New York Times reporters and editorial columnists will have an opportunity to question Trump on the record when he visits the paper on Tuesday, according to a Times spokesperson. The president-elect will also first meet privately with a small group at the paper, including publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Trump repeatedly attacked the “failing” Times throughout the 2016 election and threatened multiple lawsuits, but also gave the paper significant access.
Although the gathering at the Trump Tower was off the record, the event wasn’t kept a secret. Some of the most prominent figures in business began parading through the building ahead of a 1 p.m. meeting (as seen on C-SPAN’s camera located in the building’s lobby).