The Trump campaign revealed they struck a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group and Hearst to try and secure better media coverage leading up to the election.
The candid remarks were reportedly made by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in front of several hundred CEO's of the financial industry at an off-the-record meeting of a business group called the Partnership for New York City.
According to a report by Politico, Kushner said the agreement with Sinclair gave them more access to Trump in exchange for Sinclair running Trump interviews across the country without commentary. Kushner said Sinclair, in states like Ohio, reaches 250,000 viewers while CNN only reaches about 30,000.
Sinclair VP of News Scott Livingston said the offer for extended interviews with local anchors was made to both candidates, but Hillary Clinton never bothered to accept. The Trump campaign said no money exchanged hands.
Kushner reportedly told the group they were upset with CNN because they felt the political panels were stacked against Trump. Even after meetings with Jeff Zucker, Kushner said Zucker refused to make it more balanced. At that point, they decided to not work as closely with CNN and started bashing the network. Kushner supposedly also told the crowd that Google and Facebook are now more powerful than The New York Times and CNN.
It didn't take long until social media started blowing up:
Walter Cronkite is spinning in his grave like a top.