Howard Kurtz Sees 'Media Resentment' Toward Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, is reportedly under FBI scrutiny as part of a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Kushner hasn't been formally designated a “target” or even a “subject” of a probe, but you wouldn't think that judging by the mainstream media's coverage, Howard Kurtz said on "America's Newsroom" today.
"With the headlines and drumbeat here, it sounds like he's under investigation, it sounds like he has done something nefarious," Kurtz said. "We don't know that he's done anything wrong. There's an automatic assumption here that there must be something nefarious."
He said the press is targeting Kushner because there's a "media resentment" toward him.
Kurtz explained that some in the media may view him as young, rich and entitled, but that should not affect their reporting.
"He needs to be covered as fairly as anybody else," Kurtz said. "There's even some commentators who have said he needs to take a leave of absence. Based on what?"
He acknowledged that it may have been "naive" of Kushner to meet with a Russian official and discuss setting up back-channel communications between the U.S. and Russia, but past transition teams have held those kinds of meetings with foreign officials.
"It seems to me that we've got this cranked up to 11 without a lot of evidence to back it up," Kurtz said.
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