Accuracy in Media

Mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post and The New York Times are reporting on the financial dealings of President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the security clearance questions they raise.

But in its reporting of Kushner’s financial dealings, the media have not revealed that his family real estate firm, Kushner Companies, received special deals or below-market rates for loans from private equity firm Apollo and Citibank, whose chiefs met Kushner at the White House.

And mainstream reporters also have not reported the difference between the loans to Kushner Companies, which must be paid back (and which Kushner himself has no direct day-to-day management over), and the cash donations given to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.

This year, the FBI reportedly launched a new investigation into whether the Clinton engaged in any “official act” influenced by donations to the Foundation.

Kushner saw his security clearance, along with those of other staffers, downgraded by chief-of-staff John Kelly. They lost access to top secrets because of the interim status of their security clearances during FBI background checks. But the reporting hasn’t shown the cause of Kushner’s delay, and the nefarious mainstream media speculations without proof of wrongdoing undermine public trust in government.

Reporting also hasn’t identified any “official act” or quid pro quo from Kushner on behalf of Apollo, Citibank or any other financial institution.




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