In a few days, Jared Kushner, the media has the biggest target—that is, right after his father-in-law.
The White house officials, speaking virtually never with journalists on the plate—you leave annoyed—suddenly, the speech, the presidential aide.
But as the press whips themselves into a frenzy about Kushner and the Russia sample, it is worth to investigate, how much do we really know.
The media turn up the volume to 11 on the Washington Post and ABC stories report that Kushner is a “focus” or “under control” by the FBI. But what exactly does that mean?
It’s the same as officially is not a “goal” or even a “subject” of the probe. Of course the investigators are going to want to talk to him because of his past contacts, in this case, the Russian Ambassador and the head of a Moscow bank.
Maybe something will come of it. But it is quite possible that Kushner was just try to build relationships, especially after his father-in-law, was the President-elect, and he knew she would work with the Putin government. At this point, at least, he seems to me to be little more than a witness.
But for the media it means that the Russia-investigation is not only about the past, volunteers and consultants, like Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Michael Flynn. It has now reached the White house, and in the trump family.
The second Post of the story a little bit more about. The piece, says the Ambassador, Sergei Kislyak said in Moscow that Kushner last December, wanted to have a secret communication channel that could Russian gear in his Embassy or Consulate.
It is a story of back-channel communication with the opposite side. Here is an example of JFK and the Soviets.
The Kushner research on the use of Russian ways of communication, seems to be naive—no one wanted to find out?—but the press is read, how scary. What secret plots they might hatch? It is equally likely that the month and wanted to get to know before the inauguration, the Trump transition team, the policy with the Russians, and which is to circumvent the Obama administration. We can discuss the wisdom, but it can also be a criminal offence.
These are legitimate stories, but it remains to be seen whether it is harmful, stories.
My sense, from watching the coverage, is that there is a considerable amount of media resentment against Jared Kushner. In this point of view, he is the rich kid of a fortune in real estate, has a glamorous wife and his White house got a job purely on family connections. The President seems to be that he in the amount of more and more initiatives; Kushner was a key figure in the planning of last week’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel.
This is, in part, why we ‘ re some of the experts have to say, Kushner should a leave of absence to act differently, such as the latest stories amount to a full-blown crisis.
Kushner ‘ s rival in the White house with the press to dump on him. In this New York Times story, for example, described him as reserved, such as the avoidance of the nitty-gritty of government, such as the poor political judgment— he thought Trump would win, give it up for the burn, Jim Comey—and beats even the President is pissed at him.
Politically Kushner describes as unhappy, and misery, comes out and says that other White House aides fret that his special status.
The President said in a Sunday statement that “Jared is doing a great job for the country. I have the utmost confidence in him…He is a very good man.”
Whatever the media and the political resentment against Kushner, this does not mean that he will not be treated Fair. It was so much saturation coverage of Jared Kushner, a casual consumer of news might get the impression that he was the subject of investigation. And that is just not the case.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.