After helping his father-in-law win the 2016 presidential election, Jared Kushner was in secret talks to sell his newspaper, the New York Observer, to two prominent liberals and Hillary Clinton supporters: David Brock, the founder of Media Matters and Haim Saban, a Clinton mega-donor and Univision chair.
That’s according to a Buzzfeed report by Charlie Warzel, which noted that Brock had aspirations to turn the once-influential salmon tabloid into “the Breitbart of the left,” to take on the coming Trump administration.
Kushner and Observer Media chair Joseph Meyer reportedly sought pro-Trump suitors to buy the paper after the election, including National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc., headed by Trump-ally David J. Pecker.
“But according to two sources, Kushner and Meyer found more attractive suitors in Hillaryland,” Buzzfeed’s Warzel reported.
In the days after the election, Observer Media executives took part in discussions with Saban and Brock. A source familiar with the matter said that Kushner did not initiate the talks and largely recused himself after an initial discussion, though he did not have any apparent reservations about selling to his father-in-law’s sworn enemies. Ken Kurson, then editor-in-chief of the Observer, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that he and Meyer spoke with Saban on the phone that winter. In January 2017, Kurson met Brock one-on-one at the Greenwich Hotel, where the pair discussed the potential acquisition.
“The talks fell apart over money,” Warzel reported, as Kushner wanted $20 million for the Observer, double what he paid for it in 2006.
Brock, a die-hard Hillary lackey who is the subject of fierce hatred from conservatives, went on to put his efforts into his news website Shareblue.
Read the full report here.
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