Jared Kushner reportedly told a Time Warner executive to dump 20% of CNN’s staff

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Jared Kushner
White House senior adviser
Jared Kushner.

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President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared
Kushner reportedly asked Time Warner executive Gary
Ginsberg to dump 20% of
CNN’s staff, due to its supposed
faulty analysis in the 2016 US Presidential election,
the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the report said that the
meeting, held earlier this year, took place after
Kushner was displeased with the network’s coverage
during the election cycle. 

Ginsberg reportedly replied to Kushner that Time Warner, CNN’s
parent company, would not be able to do that, sources told The
Journal.

The Journal continued that, according to a White House
official, Kushner was merely making a point,
and did not mean to be taken seriously.

Kushner reportedly filed complaints to CNN executives on a
regular basis during the campaign, and was particularly
displeased with its fact-checking, which, according to The
Journal, prompted Kushner to call CNN president Jeff Zucker
to say that members of the Trump campaign would not
appear on the network.

The icy relationship between the network and campaign became
apparent on the campaign trail, as Trump began criticizing the
mainstream media and accused CNN of peddling “fake
news.” Behind the scenes, CNN executives appeared to meet
with Kushner in order to develop ties with the campaign and
provide news coverage, the Journal reported.

News of Kushner’s remarks come amid AT&T’s plans
for a $84.5 billion merger with Time
Warner.

According to reports, the
Justice Department has required AT&T and Time Warner to
relinquish either Turner Broadcasting — which includes CNN — or
DirecTV, for the merger to be approved. This requirement
sparked speculation amongst people in the companies that the
Justice Department may have been influenced by the Trump
administration, according to The Journal.

But AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the Justice
Department never asked his
company to divest from CNN in order to acquire Time Warner.

“I have never been told that the price of getting the deal
done was selling CNN, period,” Stephenson said at
a conference Thursday. “And likewise I have never offered to
sell CNN. There is absolutely no intention that we would ever
sell CNN.”

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