In what could sound like the unlikeliest of deals, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, tried to sell a newspaper he owned to a major Hillary Clinton donor and a progressive media operative.
After the elections, as Kushner prepared to join Trump at the White House, he reportedly tried to find buyers for Observer Media, the newspaper company he owned, according to Buzzfeed. The potential buyers were Haim Saban, a Hollywood billionaire and top Clinton donor, and David Brock, a liberal media figure.
Saban and Brock weren’t the first choice for Kushner and his brother-in-law Joseph Meyer. They first tried conservative media groups including the National Inquirer, but when talks did not lead to a deal, they moved on to Democrats. Brock had said at the time that he is interested in setting up a “progressive Breitbart.” Saban wanted the publication to have a Washington presence.
Negotiations with Saban and Brock eventually led to no results, as both sides could not reach an agreement on the price of the Observer.
A year later, Saban and Kushner would meet on stage at the Saban Forumin Washington where Kushner gave a rare public talk. During his on-stage conversation with Saban, the Israeli-born media mogul revealed that in 2010 he received a letter from Kushner, expressing his admiration to Saban.
Nathan Guttman, staff writer, was the Forward’s Washington bureau chief. He joined the staff in 2006 after serving for five years as Washington correspondent for the Israeli dailies Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, he was the features editor for Ha’aretz and chief editor of Channel 1 TV evening news. He was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
When Jared Kushner Almost Sold Newspaper To Haim Saban