Um, What Part of "Off the Record" Doen't Anyone Understand

I don't know if this is coming from the media folks present in the room or the Trump side, but the New York Post has a pretty complete record of Trump's "off the record" meeting with the media.  Yet another reason not to trust the media -- they don't follow their own rules.


  1. random_eddie:

    The media involved did keep it off the record, meaning they didn't report on it.

    Some insider leaked some info about it to a paper that *wasn't* party to the discussion, and *they* reported on it. The leak was anonymous, as leaks usually are.

  2. SamWah:

    I understand they got a pretty good butt-kicking from The Donald. Seems wellllllllll-deserved.

  3. ErikTheRed:

    Could have been one of the press. Could have been Trump or someone in his camp. Free entertainment either way.

  4. ErikTheRed:

    I don't even like Trump and I giggled at this.

  5. herdgadfly:

    What part of Donald Trump's personality don't you understand? Until January 20, Donald Trump is not the President of the United States and it would seem that lyin' Donald is in no position to criticize anyone or to beat on people who willingly attended his news conference to obtain information. Remember Ted Cruz's famous press conference?

    CRUZ: I'm going to tell you what I really think of Donald Trump. This man is a pathological liar. He doesn't know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth. And in a pattern that I think is straight out of a psychology textbook, his response is to accuse everybody else of lying.

    He accuses everybody on that debate stage of lying. And it's simply a mindless yell. Whatever he does, he accuses everyone else of doing. The man cannot tell the truth, but he combines it with being a narcissist. A narcissist at a level I don't think this country has ever seen.

    Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and goes, 'Dude, what's your problem?' Everything in Donald's world is about Donald. And he combines being a pathological liar, and I say pathological because I actually think Donald, if you hooked him up to a lie detector test, he could say one thing in the morning, one thing at noon and one thing in the evening, all contradictory and he's pass the lie detector test each time. Whatever lie he's telling, at that minute he believes it.

  6. kidmugsy:

    And the DNC elected to rig their own primaries so that they could run a candidate against him who was so appalling that she lost.

  7. ReallyOldOne:

    Yep. And the third possibility is Trump is playing the media like a violin. I don't like Trump (only dislike him slightly less than I despised MS. Clinton). Having said that, he can't be a complete fool to have amassed such a business empire. I'm starting to think the whole campaign was a reality show that he won by baiting the left/media. The scary thought that follows is that the baited all the people who voted for and are supporting him.
    What a Hobson's choice this election was. Time for a better system for determining who runs for Pres if this is the best the two party (crime syndicates) can do.

  8. Curtis Rasmussen:

    I'm happy the Donald is president elect. The alternative, 2 grifters worth $200,000,000 paid in quid pro quo bribes, some from foreign nationals is chilling. Having someone who sent classified information on a private server is alarming, considering she'd have access again to perform the duties of the president.

    May Hillary rot in the hell of her own making.

  9. kidmugsy:

    But not personal debt, I'll bet. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know wot I mean?

  10. Not Sure:

    It's good to be the king.

  11. CapitalistRoader:

    Some well known person needs to make a bet, like the famous Simon–Ehrlich wager back in 1980, only the bet would be on Obama's net worth. Clinton's net worth zoomed after he left office, the good altruist that he is. Now's the time to focus on Obama's net worth. I wouldn't doubt that he has grand plans to crank his income way up after he leaves office.

  12. Daniel Barger:

    Anybody who says anything to anyone even remotely connected to the media and says it's "off the record" is an abject moron if they actually believe such a statement does not go any further. "Off the record" statements are INTENDED to be published but at the same time grant the speaker a level of deniability....they can claim they were misunderstood or misquoted...because it was "off the record". It's either a power game or the act of an idiot....sometimes both.

  13. FelineCannonball:

    This is pretty standard stuff.

    Off-the-record: means things will only be released by anonymous sources.
    Private email: means things will only be published in newspapers if they first pass through hacker and willing stooge.

  14. ano333:

    Sheesh, why not criticize the "President"-elect for having an "off-the-record" meeting with a newspaper in the first place? What is the point of such a meeting? Why is he afraid to allow the NYT to speak about it?

  15. ano333:

    Wow, hating on the President for taking selfies now?

    1.) Is it your contention that the President should just shut down any voter who dares ask for a picture with him?
    2.) You realize that every President for the past century and more has had photos taken of themselves with supporters, right? Are you suggesting that they were all "preening narcissists"?
    3.) Please take the time to run a google search on "Donald Trump selfies" before you hail your new leader...

  16. freereel:

    Hi Coyote. I'm a longtime reader and fan. I'd love to see a blog post sometime about corporate taxation. What should the government do about the $2.6 Trillion in untaxed corporate profits sitting offshore? What should the government do about Corporate Tax Inversion, in which multinationals effectively renounce their U.S. corporate citizenship?