The activist-turned-cable news star may want to rethink his interview strategy after this disaster.
In fact, he may have lost some.
The network personality sat down with Kushner at an event called Citizen CNN, a day-long political forum featuring discussions with thought leaders and newsmakers. Viewers were immediately turned off by one of his first questions: "How did you get this job? You have like the dopest job in the world, the secretary of everything ... how did you wind up in this position?"
People considered that answer pretty obvious -- he's married to Ivanka Trump! And it was downhill from there, with many critics -- a mix of media professionals and average viewers -- faulting Jones for asking softball questions about prison reform, peace in the Middle East, working with his wife, and trusting Saudi Arabia in wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. One of Jones' most ridiculed questions was simply, "Are you having fun?"
"Nobody cares if Jared is 'having fun,' this interview is an embarrassment," tweeted journalist Aaron Rupar.
Some of the harshest criticism came from former CNN star Soledad O'Brien, who was so unimpressed with the interview she tweeted, "This cannot be real." She followed that up with, "Van is a terrible, fawning interviewer."
See more of the savage reactions that boosted Jones' name toward the top of the Twitter trends earlier today.
This cannot be real. Please tell me this is sarcasm. https://t.co/Q2czYmhXUe— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) October 22, 2018
Sooooo. Van is a terrible, fawning interviewer and has no idea what a decent follow up question is. I think we’ve pretty much established that. https://t.co/BkHovVpMjb— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) October 22, 2018
Such a good opportunity for a follow up: what WAS accomplished? The campaign WAS notoriously disorganized? Jesus, it’s just a pathetic intv. https://t.co/Q8rVh7wSuv— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) October 22, 2018
This puff piece of an “interview” between Jared Kushner and Van Jones on CNN is just the latest reminder that 95% of the time, cable news isn’t news. It’s just ratings driven schlock. It’s an entertaining way to be disinformed.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) October 22, 2018
If cancel culture was real, we wouldn’t be still suffering through Van Jones. pic.twitter.com/eVpvr7OOGI— Kirk Moore (@KirkWrites79) October 22, 2018
Really Van Jones... pic.twitter.com/wjnipQgl5r— Linda2375 (@LMiami517) October 22, 2018
Sadly, @VanJones68 gets literally ZERO respect from me going forward. You CAN be civil AND get to the meat of a question. You CAN be calm and polite while asking pointed questions. You CAN NOT be taken seriously when lobbing soft-balls at the guy behind "secret channels"— BasementCatERE (@BasementCatERE) October 22, 2018
van jones is a joke— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 22, 2018
Don’t have a problem with Van Jones interviewing Jared Kushner.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 22, 2018
Do have a problem with Jones asking Kushner Fox-style softball questions.
Van Jones is the Kim Kardashian of politics.— “...featuring Jamie in Werewolf Barmitzvah.” (@thewayoftheid) October 22, 2018
You never go full Van Jones.— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) October 22, 2018
Van Jones interviewing Kushner asking how he got the "dopest job in the world"?, MSNBC having Lewandowski and Scarmucci on? I don't have words for how deeply destructive this is.— Jennifer Reitman (@JenniferReitman) October 22, 2018
Van Jones never fails to ask the stupidest questions no one is thinking while thinking he's a genius at doing it. Got to give him credit tho-it's not easy to upstage Jared Kushner for biggest dbag in the room. pic.twitter.com/X8AJS6zSwQ— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 22, 2018