Five major TV news operations convened Monday to discuss the Donald Trump situation via a conference call, but according to media reports, the initial call ended without consensus on a plan. A follow-up call was reportedly planned for later Monday.
TVNewser reports that the coordinated effort, which includes representatives of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News and CNN, “may lead to no formal action of any kind.”
The networks reportedly discussed the treatment of reporters covering the Trump campaign, including the campaign’s insistence on confining members of the media to “pens.” As we reported Monday, the relationship between the campaign and the media has become increasingly confrontational.
Politico reports: “The plan, according to one network news executive familiar with the discussions, is to have a call with Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and work through their issues. The issues being discussed, the executive said, involve access to attendees at Trump events. Often reporters are able to speak with attendees before an event is set to begin, but lately reporters have found themselves confined to media-only areas by Trump staffers.”
The executive told Politico that the discussions are being handled by the various news operations’ political units, and have not risen to high executive ranks.
The executive is quoted saying: “There’s no crisis with the Trump campaign and there’s no senior-level summit that’s going on; these are issues we run into all the time.”