Bernie Sanders learns about the hippity hoppity
Trump and the Times
A day after reports of Trump's deeply adversarial powwow with television news anchors and execs, Trump plans to meet with the New York Times were off to a similarly bad start.
The Times, however, denied doing so: "NYT did not try to change ground rules. Trump did, asking for only a private meeting and no on-the-record segment, which NYT refused," said the Times' Jonathan Mahler.
But eventually the two parties cleared everything up, and once the meeting got going, Times reporters met a much different Donald than the one on the campaign trail.
“'I don’t want to hurt the Clintons,' Donald Trump said of prosecuting Hillary Clinton," tweeted the Times' Twitter account. The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus had this to add: "Trump, who for a year referred to 'Crooked Hillary,' says prosecuting her isn't 'something I feel v strongly about.'"
What's more, Trump took a less denialist approach to climate change, which at one point he called a Chinese "hoax." Kirk Johnson of the Times says, "In meeting @nytimes Trump says he will “keep an open mind” about pulling US out of global pact on climate change."
In turn, Trump was pleased with the Times as well: "Early this morning, Trump tweeted he was canceling meeting with the 'failing' NYT," tweeted Josh Dawsey of the Wall Street Journal. "This afternoon, Trump called NYT 'a jewel of the world.'"
Not so fast on Trump's kumbaya moment with the press...
When the Times still thought Trump had cancelled the meeting, that outlet's Nicholas Kristof had an idea why: "This article about Trump trying to monetize a meeting with British visitors may be a reason Trump is steaming at NYT."
The Financial Times' Christine Spolar had another big takeaway from the piece: "...read pls how spox first denied & then declined to comment." NYT's Binjamin Appelbaum agreed: "A valuable reminder that Trump spokespeople are regularly caught telling lies"
Kushner the Conqueror?
And then there's this from former Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson: "People walked onto a winning campaign claim credit for winning but it belongs to those who were there from beginning." She later quoted that tweet but also clarifed that "Jared is the man," before finally bringing criticism back around on "the media":
"The media is so unhinged that you can't give credit or shout outs to people you respect & admire w/o it being twisted to fit their sickness."
Foundation Frustrations are here to stay
All campaign long, the Washington Post's David Farenthold was relentless in his reporting on the Trump Foundation and Donald's other supposed charity activity. Now that Trump is the president-elect, Farenthold hasn't backed down—a fact not lost on the Dallas Morning News' J. David McSwane when he tweets Farenthold's latest story out but adds "The U.S. President" to the headline: "The U.S. President -> Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows."
And finally, Bernie Sanders learns about the hippity hoppity
Jason Zengerle of GQ Magazine has a great interview with Senator Bernie Sanders that's full of fascinating quotes, including one where Bernie assuages progressive's worries over potential anti-corporate collaborations with Donald Trump: "It's not a question of us working with Trump. It's a question of Trump working with us."
But the passage receiving the most attention on Twitter came when Zengerle brought up the staunch Sanders supporter Killer Mike... who made Sanders "a little bit nervous" when he heard a "Killer" wanted to meet with him.