Jared Kushner complains about CNN’s Trump coverage to network’s owners

Jared Kushner complains about CNN’s Trump coverage to network’s owners
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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, reportedly complained to executives at CNN’s parent company — Time Warner, Inc. — about the cable outlet’s coverage of his father-in-law.

Kushner, who is married to the president’s daughter, Ivanka, voiced his concerns about what he perceives to be unfair coverage from CNN to Gary Ginsberg, Time Warner’s executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications, during a recent meeting at the White House, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Trump confidant allegedly took particular issue with CNN’s contributors, namely Van Jones, a Democrat who served in former President Barack Obama’s administration, and Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist who has repeatedly slammed Trump.

“It’s no secret that the President and his team have been critical of CNN’s dishonest coverage of the President both during the campaign and since his inauguration, and it’s obvious their ratings have suffered as a result,” the White House told the WSJ.

“Fox [News] on the other hand provides mostly fair and more complete coverage of the Administration and their ratings have never been better,” the statement continued.

News of the meeting between Kushner and Ginsberg follows Trump’s freewheeling press conference Thursday, during which he repeatedly bashed CNN and the media at large, which he said is “out of control.”

During the presser, Trump slammed CNN as “very fake news,” claimed the network is suffering from low ratings because of “hatred” in its coverage and even bashed the 10 p.m. hour, which is hosted by Don Lemon, saying it always features panels that are “almost exclusively anti-Trump.”

CNN, however, is pushing back. A spokeswoman for the outlet said the Trump administration “has their facts wrong.”

“CNN’s ratings are up 50 percent. Our journalism has never been stronger as we continue to hold this administration’s feet to the fire,” the spokeswoman said. “Those are the facts.”

According to Nielsen, CNN’s total ratings are up 51 percent to 264,000 viewers among adults aged 25 to 54. By comparison, Fox’s daily ratings are up 55 percent to 381,000 viewers across the same demographic since the start of 2017.

And Navarro, for her part, took to Twitter following the WSJ report to bash Kushner for complaining about CNN’s coverage of Trump’s administration.

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