Kushner Told Time Warner To Fire 20% Of CNN Staff by the Forward

Kushner Told Time Warner To Fire 20% Of CNN Staff

Image by Getty Images

Presidential adviser/son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly told a Time Warner executive early this year that 20% of CNN’s staff should be fired for their faulty analysis of the 2016 presidential election — a statement that may take on new resonance given the Justice Department’s surprising objections to Time Warner’s proposed $85 billion merger with AT&T.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Kushner made those remarks to Time Warner executive Gary Ginsberg, who reportedly said that the company would not be able to do that.

A White House official told the Journal that Kushner was not serious about the mass firings and was only trying to make a point, but the statement was still taken seriously inside Time Warner headquarters.

Both Kushner and President Trump have repeatedly been publicly critical of CNN’s coverage of the administration, leading some observers to wonder whether the White House’s objections to the AT&T-Time Warner merger are because of antitrust concerns or due to the president’s antipathy towards CNN.

According to The New York Times, directors of the companies involved in the proposed AT&T-Time Warner were told by officials of the Justice Department, which must approve massive mergers that could create antitrust issues, that the deal would only be approved if AT&T agreed to sell either Turner Broadcasting — the network of channels that includes CNN — or DirecTV. Justice Department sources claimed that it was AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson who proposed selling CNN in that meeting.

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

Contact Aiden Pink at pink@forward.com or on Twitter, @aidenpink


Aiden Pink

Aiden Pink

Aiden Pink is the Deputy News Editor for the Forward. Contact him at pink@forward.com or on Twitter, @aidenpink.

Kushner Told Time Warner To Fire 20% Of CNN Staff

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Kushner Told Time Warner To Fire 20% Of CNN Staff

Thank you!

This article has been sent!