No Media Safe Space In Sight

By Judi McLeod, with permission of author

Aside from two unidentified sources who supposedly high-tailed it to the New York Post , and grousing in the pubs, there have been no major mainstream media reports on how network bigwigs were ‘mistreated’ by big, bad Donald J. Trump at his first post-election meeting with the media recently -- no splashy headlines about how he blatantly threatened them.

There is no proof Trump threatened them, because what really happened is that they felt intimidated by him.

And the media -- those purveyors of monopolized truth telling -- fell hook, line and sinker for an ingenious Trump trap.

“Trump’s meeting was a set up,” according to “Gateway Pundit”.  “He brought them into one room then blasted away.”

How many citizens propagandized and lied to over the past eight years and even before wish they had been there!

Before and after photos of media bigwigs at the event are downright hilarious.  Online pictures show them smiling broadly upon arrival, and looking downright gobsmacked on their way out of Trump Tower.

Little guy LOLs!

“Donald Trump scolded media big shots during an off-the-record Trump Tower sitdown on Monday, sources told 'The Post'.

“It was like a f–ing firing squad,” one source said of the encounter.

“Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed,’ ” the source said.

“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,” the source added.

“A second source confirmed the fireworks.

“The meeting took place in a big board room and there were about 30 or 40 people, including the big news anchors from all the networks,” the other source said.

“Trump kept saying, ‘We’re in a room of liars, the deceitful dishonest media who got it all wrong.’ He addressed everyone in the room calling the media dishonest, deceitful liars. He called out Jeff Zucker by name and said everyone at CNN was a liar, and CNN was [a] network of liars,” the source said.

“Trump didn’t say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room.”

“The stunned reporters tried to get a word in edgewise to discuss access to a Trump Administration.”

Trump didn’t wait until yesterday to prove how out of it most mainstream media nincompoops really are.  That reality was irrefutably proven by his election.

All Trump ever had to do to lure media bigwigs to his meeting was to first make them feel important (which they always do) and then sprinkle bread crumbs, Hansel and Gretel like, along the path to Trump Tower.

Here they all were assuming that they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, and BOOM!

As soon as the meeting was over, they had dropped all pretence of remaining ‘off the record’ by tipping off the ‘New York Post’ within hours of leaving Trump Tower.

But the shrewd Trump Team is likely leaving the best for last:

If they taped the event, and why wouldn’t they, videotape of the meeting will prove that “It was like a f–ing firing squad” was typical media overkill that, in fact, never took place.

Should the Trump team choose to release that video, media heavyweights will be proven for what millions always thought they are: “Liars every one of them there!”—a coup d’état unprecedented in all media history!


Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh,, Drudge Report,, and Glenn Beck.

Judi can be emailed


By Kelly McParland, case with permission of the author

Given a choice between saying something nice about his Dad’s Cuban pal, sildenafil and defending the values of democracy and human rights, Justin Trudeau picked the wrong one.

He went with “el Comandante” – the captain, the commander – one of the appellations accorded Cuba’s Fidel Castro during the 50+ years in which treated his country like a personal political project, impoverishing millions while pursuing a self-defeating confrontation with Washington.

“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away,” noted the Prime Minister. “While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante’ ”.

The Liberal government’s handling of foreign affairs has been perplexing since the day it took power

There probably are Cubans who retain a deep and lasting affection for Castro, just as there are those who think Manuel Noriega and Anastasio Somoza were also swell guys, if a bit misunderstood. But it’s unlikely you’d find many of them among the tens of thousands of Cubans who risked their lives to flee the country in rickety little boats, heading for the shores of the U.S. where they could have all those things Castro wouldn’t permit: freedom, rights, prosperity, the ability to live without fear of being clapped in jail for offending “the maximum leader” or one of his legions of security police. In the months ending in September 2014 alone, 25,000 Cubans arrived in the U.S. without legal papers, seeking asylum from Pierre Trudeau’s great and good friend Fidel. Miami and its environs are filled with Cubans delighted to live outside Castro’s Cuba; many of them celebrated his demise and the hope it brings with it of a better, freer Cuba.

All of this somehow passed beneath the radar of the Prime Minister as he reflected on the passing of Cuba’s “legendary” leader and the great benefits he brought to the country he seized by armed force and refused ever to let slip from his grasp. He “made significant improvements to the education and healthcare” of Cuba, which is true enough but could be said of any number of western democratic leaders in the decades since Castro seized power, but who, unlike him, didn’t consider it earned them a job for life.

Considerable sport has been made of Trudeau’s tribute, but it should probably not come as a surprise that he would be so blundering in his judgment. The Liberal government’s handling of foreign affairs has been perplexing since the day it took power and put the notably mild-mannered Stephane Dion in charge of the file.

Dion has made it a priority to improve relations with all those foreign leaders who found it cumbersome doing business with Harper and his Conservatives, chief among them Russia, China and Iran, none of which enjoyed the warmth and affection of an understanding Ottawa while Harper was in charge. Dion, with Trudeau’s support, has set out to repair the damage. Moscow, lately seen launching a renewed air assault on the battered civilian population of Aleppo, has been notified that Canada is keen on warmer ties. Beijing, whose foreign minister used a visit to Ottawa to berate Canadian journalists for daring to ask him about human rights, has been treated to repeated signals that the Liberals are quite willing to ignore such things. Just recently the Prime Minister underlined that fact by attending a gathering of Chinese billionaires willing to pay for the chance to lobby him, one of whom – no doubt from kind-heartedness alone – kicked in $1 million for a statue of Trudeau’s father. Weeks earlier, another group of wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs toured the country in search of investments to add to their portfolio. Evidently, to Liberals, more China is just what Canada needs, even if Beijing is simultaneously threatening to destabilize Asia by seeking hegemony throughout the South China Sea.

It may bewilder Canadians that Trudeau shows such affection for strongmen, communists, theocrats and presidents-for-life. He comes by it honestly enough, having risen through a Liberal party that swallowed its own myth of Canada as peacemaker and honest broker. In a world where Vladimir Putin can seize Crimea, disrupt Ukraine, shell schools and hospitals in Syria and put nuclear-capable missiles on NATO’s doorstep in Kaliningrad, and still be confident of a firm handshake and understanding words from Stephane Dion, it makes perfect sense to treat Fidel Castro like the beloved patriarch of a grateful nation.

Who knows who may earn an admiring tribute from Trudeau next. Robert Mugabe will be 93 in February, and no one lasts forever….


Kelly McParland was editor of, and a frequent blogger, on "Full Comment"  -- the National Post Newspaper online blog site -- and author of "The Lives of Conn Smythe”, a biography of the founder and builder of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team




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