Pushback as Donald Trump meets with media bigs
January 10, 2017
Donald Trump has had a famously prickly relationship with the media, several major organizations in particular.
He’s frequently ripped The New York Times in both interviews and tweets. Before he earned the Republican nomination, he sued Univision and tossed anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference. Just a few weeks ago he got in a tiff with Vanity Fair over an unfavorable review of one of his restaurants.
So it’s all the stranger that Trump has also been meeting with these organizations. Is he attempting to mend fences? Eager for them to kiss the ring? Ready to mete out the insults face to face?
It’s hard to ever tell with Trump, who famously held an off-the-record meeting with many networks right after the election and ripped their coverage of him.
But while the higher-ups may see merit in these conversations, the rank-and-file isn’t so comfortable.
Protests at Gawker
When employees at Gawker, which was bought by Univision last year, learned about an off-the-record Trump tete-a-tete with their bosses, many of them took to Twitter to protest, prompting Univision to issue a statement that seemed aimed at reassuring Hispanics, the majority of whom did not vote for Trump.
“We just had a productive meeting with President-elect Donald Trump about issues facing Hispanic and multicultural communities in America. We look forward to working with Mr. Trump and his administration to make our vibrant country even better,” it said.
“Our Univision News team will continue to cover the Trump administration with the rigor that we have brought to the coverage of every administration that preceded it. We approach this task without fear or favor and with one goal only – to ensure our audience is well-informed. Our eyes, ears and minds are wide open.”
Trump also met with Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and Vogue editor Anna Wintour earlier this month, in an off-the-record talk with Conde Nast’s top editors and digital directors. The billionaire stopped by the New York Times late last year.
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