Five Things You Need to Know About Trump vs. the Media (Especially The New York Times)

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1. On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump met with more than two dozen TV news media grandees at Trump Tower, including ABC News boss James Goldston and anchor George Stephanopoulos, CBS News VP Chris Ishamanchor and anchors Charlie Rose and Gayle King, CNN boss Jeff Zucker and anchor Wolf Blitzer, Fox News co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine, and NBC News boss Deborah Turness and anchors Lester Holt and Chuck Todd. Team Trump participants included chief of staff Reince Priebus, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, chief strategist Stephen Bannon and Trump adviser and son-in-law (and Observer publisher) Jared Kushner.

2. How'd it go? Depends on who you ask. The Wall Street Journal, in a story headlined "Donald Trump Criticizes Television News Executives," reports that in the off-the-record meeting, the president-elect "criticized the executives and correspondents for their election coverage and predictions that he would lose to Hillary Clinton, according to a person familiar with the gathering" and "also complained about some of the postelection coverage as well but wants to wipe the slate clean." The New York Times story, headlined "Trump Summons TV Figures for Private Meeting, and Lets Them Have It," says "the president-elect delivered a defiant message: You got it all wrong." The New York Post's story, headlined "Donald Trump's media summit was a 'f−−−ing firing squad'," quotes a source as saying "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."

3. The president-elect was set to meet with The New York Times today, but then this happened:

And then this happened:

And then this happened:

4. This morning, when the editors at The New York Times weren't busy updating and re-updating their calendars, they published a story titled "Billionaires vs. the Press in the Era of Trump" and subtitled "A small group of superrich Americans -- the president-elect among them -- has laid the groundwork for an unprecedented legal assault on the media. Can they succeed?"

5. This will not end well.

Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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