Donald Trump and his family shared dinner at New York’s 21 Club on Tuesday, November 15.
That would be fairly unremarkable were it not for the fact that his spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the press they could go home earlier that evening because the president-elect would not be leaving Trump Tower.
As luck would have it, one of the diners at the 21 Club when the Trumps arrived was a Bloomberg reporter. Perhaps out of courtesy to the Trumps she tweeted the wrong name of the restaurant:
This is the interior of Keens, which is in midtown Manhattan and further away from Trump Tower than Club 21, or 21, as those in the know call it.
In case you’re wondering what’s on the ceiling in Keens, those are pipes from their frequent diners, which include many members of the great and the good. Each pipe is labelled to identify the owner, and waiters were able to bring the pipes down for after-dinner enjoyment when smoking indoors was allowed. But I digress.
Anyway, Big Media went into meltdown. Hope Hicks said she was unaware of the Trumps’ dinner plans. I can imagine she was just so he could have time with his family outside of Trump Tower.
To the Daily Mail this signified:
that the President-elect’s team is in disarray and unprepared for the process of transition.
No, they’re just boxing clever.
NBC was on the verge of alarm:
In a highly unusual move, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday night left his Manhattan residence without notifying the reporters covering him or giving any indication of where he was going.
The maneuver seemed to deliberately limit access to the media.
Is it any wonder, after everyone has treated him so horribly?
MSNBC during Rachel Maddow’s broadcast was even worse (H/T to The_Donald):
The Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein was not amused:
Yes, many of us probably cheered. So what?
As for Stein’s accusation of ‘terrible violation of protocol’, giving the press the slip was perfectly acceptable when Obama was first elected. No one minded then.
Look at the fair and balanced story from Politico eight years ago when Obama and his family took a secret trip to Sea Life Park in Hawaii (emphases mine):
It was the first time Obama’s motorcade has traveled without his protective press pool during his vacation and perhaps since the election. Obama has largely avoided the press during his first half of his 12-day vacation on Oahu, and has not spoken to the reporters following him daily.
Obama’s press aides sent reporters home for the day around 9:30 a.m. …
Around 11:15 a.m., reporters on pool duty received an e-mail saying that they were to meet again in the lobby of the hotel where they are staying because the president-elect was going somewhere. They made it to the amusement park at 12:10, an hour after Obama arrived there …
The press pool was not allowed inside the park, and Obama did not pose for pictures or talk to reporters.
Big Media are such hypocrites. They deserve to fail, epically.