White House senior adviser Jared Kushner-and son-in-law of President Donald Trump-complained about CNN's coverage of the nascent Administration during a meeting with a senior executive from the news network's parent company, the Wall Street Journal reports.
In a meeting at the White House, Kushner complained to Gary Ginsberg, executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications at CNN's parent Time Warner TWX, +0.07%, about what Kushner feels is unfair coverage slanted against the president, the people said.
"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", the White House official told the Journal.
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But the anti-CNN push isn't just a public display meant to rally Trump's supporters. Our journalism has never been stronger as we continue to hold this administration's feet to the fire. A spokeswoman for the outlet said the Trump administration "has their facts wrong". "Those are the facts".
"Mr. Kushner has taken issue with specific CNN contributors including Van Jones, a Democrat who served in the Obama administration, and Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist, who have each criticized Mr. Trump in harsh terms, the people familiar with the matter said".
According to Nielsen, CNN's total ratings are up 51 percent to 264,000 viewers among adults aged 25 to 54.