Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of his top advisers, discussed the Trump administration’s issues with CNN’s coverage in recent weeks with a top executive of the cable network’s owner, Time Warner Inc., according to the Wall Street Journal.
A White House official told the WSJ:
“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.”
“On the other hand,” the official said, Fox News “provides mostly fair, and more complete coverage of the administration — and their ratings have never been better.”
However, a CNN spokeswoman responded: “Once again, the White House has their facts wrong. CNN’s ratings are up 50 percent.”
According to Nielsen data cited in the report, CNN’s total day ratings are up 51 percent so far this year among adults 25 to 54 to 264,000 viewers, on average, while Fox’s are up 55 percent to 381,000 in the same age group.
“Our journalism has never been stronger as we continue to hold the administration’s feet to the fire,” the spokeswoman told the Journal. “Those are the facts.”
In the meeting, Kushner specifically singled out several CNN contributors, including Van Jones, a Democrat who worked for President Barack Obama, and Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist who supported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during the presidential campaign, according to the Journal.
Navarro had a response to that:
Little boy Kushner, tough guy who’s supposed to achieve Middle East peace, is complaining about me to CNN. Boo-hoo! https://t.co/4W8Sh9sHxy
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 17, 2017
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