Jared Kushner Reportedly Told a Time Warner Exec CNN Should Fire 20% of Staff

Back in February, The Wall Street Journal reported that Jared Kushner had spoken to a Time Warner executive to express “the administration’s deep concerns about CNN’s news coverage… what Mr. Kushner feels is unfair coverage slanted against the president.”

Well, the Journal has another report out tonight about the Time Warner-AT&T deal with this revelation about one of the things Kushner apparently said:

Early this year, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and aide, Jared Kushner, met a top executive at CNN parent Time Warner Inc. TWX 4.08% and raised concerns about the network’s coverage of the presidential election.

Mr. Kushner told the executive, Gary Ginsberg, that CNN should fire 20% of its staff because they were so wrong in their analysis of the election and how it would turn out, people familiar with the matter say.

One White House official told the Journal that Kushner supposedly “didn’t intend the comment to be taken seriously, and was simply trying to make a point.”

This news comes at the end of a week with news about the DOJ reportedly telling AT&T and Time Warner CNN needs to be sold for the deal to go through. And there have been questions about whether President Trump‘s personal disdain of CNN is a factor in how the administration is approaching this, or whether the President himself has been involved in the decision.

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