Jared Kushner Complains About CNN to Its Parent

He says the network is being unfair to his father-in-law, President Trump
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2017 2:28 PM CST
Jared Kushner Complains About CNN to Time Warner Exec
Jared Kushner recently met with a Time Warner executive and complained about CNN's treatment of his father-in-law, the president.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Jared Kushner recently met with an executive from CNN's parent company and complained about what he sees as the network's unfair and anti-Trump coverage, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say President Trump's son-in-law and adviser took his concerns to Time Warner's Gary Ginsberg, with whom he's been friends for years, specifically calling out CNN's Van Jones and Ana Navarro. After seeing the story, Navarro tweeted: "Really, Little Jared complaining about me cuz I get under President Daddy-in-Law's skin? Oh, baby boy, I'm so sorry."

Meanwhile, Time Warner is seeking government approval for an $85.4 billion sale to AT&T, which Trump has already said he wouldn't approve, specifically mentioning CNN. Trump called the network "very fake news" on Thursday, and his White House says it's costing the network in the ratings department. CNN would disagree. Adweek reports CNN CEO Jeff Zucker says the network did its "biggest brand survey" ever last month and found Trump's "fake news" label isn't hurting them. He tells New York Magazine CNN reporters "wear [Trump's] insults like a badge of honor" and "morale is incredibly high." Contrary to White House claims, CNN's ratings are up 51% this year. And Zucker says the network is as "strong as it's ever been." (Read more CNN stories.)

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