Trump Cancels, then Uncancels Meeting with New York Times

And bitches on Twitter again about the horrible treatment he receives from them:

President-elect Donald Trump said he had canceled a planned meeting with reporters and editors from the New York Times — only to reverse himself hours later, his spokesperson and the newspaper confirmed.

“I cancelled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice,” the president-elect wrote early Tuesday morning.

“Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes. In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!” he added in a second post minutes later. He continued with a third tweet in his barrage against the newspaper, writing that “the failing @nytimes just announced that complaints about them are at a 15 year high. I can fully understand that – but why announce?

A New York Times spokeswoman said the newspaper only learned of the meeting’s cancellation from Trump’s twitter account Tuesday morning. She disputed Trump’s claim that the Times had attempted to change the terms of its meeting with the president-elect.

“We were unaware that the meeting was canceled until we saw the President Elect’s tweet this morning. We did not change the ground rules at all and made no attempt to,” Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said in a statement emailed to POLITICO. “They tried to yesterday – asking for only a private meeting and no on-the-record segment, which we refused to agree to. In the end, we concluded with them that we would go back to the original plan of a small off the record session and a larger on the record session with reporters and columnists.”

Hours later, Hope Hicks, a Trump spokesperson, told reporters at Trump Tower that the meeting was back on.

France Awards Citizenship to Man Who Hid Hostages in Fridge

From Mashable.

A Malian man who saved several hostages during the attack on a kosher market in Paris by hiding them in a refrigerator will be given French citizenship.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Thursday that Lassana Bathily will be given naturalized French status, and the government will honor him during a ceremony on Jan. 20.

Bathily, a 24-year-old Malian citizen who is also Muslim, was working in the Hyper Cacher kosher market in the Vincennes neighborhood of Paris when a gunman entered the building on Jan. 9, killing four.

He ushered customers into a refrigerator in the basement of the store as a gunman stormed the market.

Global News Outlets Divided Over Whether to Show Charlie Hebdo Cover

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The issue of whether to display the new cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which depicts a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, has split media outlets in the U.S. and overseas.

The image, showing Muhammad crying and holding up a “Je Suis Charlie” sign under the headline “All is Forgiven,” was blasted across the Internet Monday ahead of the magazine’s publication, the first issue of Charlie Hebdo since terrorists attacked its offices, killing 12 people.

But many news outlets, including NBC News, NPR, Britain’s Daily Mail, The New York Times and the Associated Press, chose not to show the cartoon, choosing instead to describe its content to their audience. At issue is whether the news value of the image outweighs its potential to offend. Depicting images of the Prophet Muhammad is considered a sacrilegious act by many Muslims. Outlets that chose not to show the cartoon, or cropped or blurred the offensive images, cited cultural sensitivity and standards of decency as reasons.

Many chose to only briefly show the Charlie Hebdo cover, as the BBC did on its Newsnight program, but it kept the image offline. Others, including Britain’s The Guardian and The Independent newspapers, ran the cartoon but included a warning that it could offend some readers.

In France, there was no such hesitation. The Charlie Hebdo cartoons were splashed across the front pages and in primetime across all networks.


From Mediaite: Which Networks are Showing the New Charlie Hebdo cover.

“CNN will not show you the new cover which depicts the Prophet Muhammad because it is policy not to show potentially offensive images of the prophet,” Carol Costello announced Tuesday morning, while MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart said, “NBC News and other networks have made the editorial decision not to show the cover.” CNN maintained the policy was subject to change.

By contrast, Fox News displayed the cover during a reportorial segment on its release: