The chief of NBC News offered some tough talk, much of it aimed at Donald Trump, during an appearance at a conference held by the IESE Business School in New York.
“NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said on Tuesday that the president’s attacks on some media outlets won’t deter his organization from doing its job,” the AP reports. “NBC News was one of the organizations specifically cited by Trump last month in his tweet about the ‘fake news’ media that is the ‘enemy of the American people.'”
Lack, who oversees the NBC broadcast news operation along with MSNBC and digital, called Trump’s attacks a distraction and said: “We’re not the opposition party and we’re not in a popularity contest with this administration or any other administration.”
The report notes that Trump’s “enemy of the American people” tweet mentioned NBC along with ABC, CBS, CNN and The New York Times.
Said Lack: “This president has us focused every day more on temperament than we expected.”
The AP adds: “NBC News is trying to absorb the results of an election that the network, like many other news organizations, got wrong, he said. The network ‘relied too much on polls’ and is evaluating how to use them in the future, he said.”