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."
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.
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"
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