Is Trump’s attitude towards the media worth worrying about?

I have nothing better to do, so I’ve been devouring news about Trump’s meeting with journalists, basically telling them what losers they are because they got the election wrong. And knowing his wonderful temperament, he was determined to be the better man and not rub it in. (See, Mr. President-Elect? That is sarcasm.)

On-air stars like Lester Holt, Charlie Rose, George Stephanopoulos and Wolf Blitzer headed to Trump Tower for the off-the-record gathering, typically the kind of event where journalists and politicians clear the air after a hard-fought campaign.

Instead, the president-elect delivered a defiant message: You got it all wrong.

Mr. Trump, whose antagonism toward the news media was unusual even for a modern presidential candidate, described the television networks as dishonest in their reporting and shortsighted in missing the signs of his upset victory. He criticized some in the room by name, including CNN’s president, Jeffrey A. Zucker, according to multiple people briefed on the meeting who were granted anonymity to describe confidential discussions.

Of course, his devoted robots minions want to put a positive spin on things.

Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to Mr. Trump, described the meeting in more tempered terms. “It was very cordial, very productive, very congenial,” Ms. Conway told reporters at Trump Tower. “It was also very candid and very honest.”

Today the love-fest continued when he met with representatives from The New York Times. You know, that failed newspaper. Things seemed to go a bit smoother, but maybe that’s just both sides trying to be  somewhat tactful.

Are we becoming a nation where the press has to worry about what they write about their leaders? Or is the media’s turn to “double-down,” refusing to retreat from their attitudes towards Trump and his followers with continued op-ed pieces and articles abut his faults, his uninformed choices, and his inability to understand the seriousness of the office?

And not just the news media…


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