CNN political commentator Van Jones reportedly helped craft President Trump’s police reform executive order, but Jones has vehemently denied this allegation on Twitter. The report originally indicated Jones, who has become close friends with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner (introduced by CNN’s D.C. bureau chief Sam Feist), helped craft the executive order, and then later appeared on John King and Anderson Cooper’s shows and praised the order.
“This Daily Beast article is based on false, sensational charges — apparently designed to get clicks, shares, and likes. I haven’t even visited DC since before the pandemic started — let alone been inside the White House. I have never been included in any meetings about police reform (not by phone, zoom, nada). I didn’t know what was in [Trump’s] EO until the day it was released,” he said.
He went on, “When I meet with folks at The White House, I say so during relevant coverage on-air — as I did all through 2018, when I worked on criminal justice reform,” shooting down the claims he should not have been invited on to offer his commentary. “The accusation that I attended White House meetings on police reform but failed to disclose them is doubly false, and it should be corrected.”
Jones concluded, “I will continue to openly work across the aisle to help those trapped in the justice system. We need more of that these days, not less.”
This Saturday, April 18 at 10pm, CNN Tonight anchor Don Lemon and political commentator Van Jones will host a special called Color of Covid, the network announced this afternoon.
It will be an hour-long special that will bring worldwide attention to the unique challenges black and brown communities are facing during the Coronavirus crisis. The special will put a spotlight on their struggle and provide viewers with ways they can help.
The Color of Covid will feature interviews and taped pieces with notable guests fighting to support these communities including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lin-Manuel Miranda, W. Kamau Bell, America Ferrara, Charles Barkley, former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, Will.i.am, among others.
Saturday, CNN pulled the curtain off its final Hudson Yards studio, called Studio 19X, utilized for The Van Jones Show. The new WarnerMedia complex consists of five fully-functional studios for CNN to operate for its news programs in New York City.
As NewscastStudio observed, the studio is “purpose built to accommodate a studio audience,” making it the perfect home for the Van Jones-fronted program, as well as any potential town hall productions CNN slots.
Below is a video of some of the angles Studio 19X could use.
The second of its kind, CNN will host a political forum, Citizen by CNN, on July 28 at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, ahead of its Democratic primary presidential debates on July 30 and 31. The previous Citizen by CNN forum had interviews with Jared Kushner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
This event will feature CNN State of the Union anchor Jake Tapper, CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson, former Democratic Michigan governor and CNN senior political commentator Jennifer Granholm, and comedian and CNN Host W. Kamau Bell. The four panelists will “discuss the race to the White House and issues on the minds of voters ahead of the 2020 election.”
Next, CNN host and Democratic political commentator Van Jones will have a conversation with former Detroit Piston Grant Hill on the importance of participation in elections.
On July 30 and 31, anchors Tapper, Dana Bash, and Don Lemon will co-moderate both debates.
Debuting Sunday, April 28 at 9pm ET, The Redemption Project with Van Jones is a new eight-part CNN Original Series, created and executive produced by Jonas Bell Pasht and Jonah Bekhor of Citizen Jones and Academy-Award®-nominated director Jason Cohen. Offering a rare glimpse into the restorative justice process, each episode follows the victim, or surviving family members, of a life-altering crime as they journey to meet face-to-face with their offender in the hopes of finding answers or some sense of healing. Van Jones serves as a guide for the viewer throughout this transformational experience. Through unique access to the U.S. prison system, this powerful series explores the human potential for redemption.
“I wanted to do The Redemption Project because I think we have lost our sense of grace and empathy and the capacity to forgive in our culture, at the highest levels,” said Jones. “This series is my attempt to put some medicine into our very sick system and to uplift people who are doing extraordinarily courageous things every day.”
Jones will also host the new CNN-produced podcast, Incarceration Inc., available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast platforms beginning Monday, May 6. In the four-episode series, Jones goes behind the numbers of America’s mass incarceration industry to help listeners better understand the criminal justice system and explore solutions to what has become a national epidemic.
CNN political commentator and host of The Van Jones Show, Van Jones, and his wife Jana Carter, are divorcing, TMZ scoops.
Carter, the niece of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Jones married in May 2005.
According to court documents obtained by the outlet, Carter is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the children and spousal support.
In a joint statement after the news broke, the two said, “Though we have decided to end our marriage, we still love each other very much. We will continue raising our kids together, running our businesses together and supporting each other’s growth. There is no beef or drama — just evolution.”
The Van Jones Show continued its streak as first place in its timeslot in the key demographc 25-54.
Jones invited on talk show host and philanthropist (and potential 2020 presidential candidate?) Oprah Winfrey. Before, Jones has said of her, if she “wants to” be president, “she can do it.”
According to a ratings release, Jones, along with special guests Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, ranked #1 in cable news on Sunday among adults 25-54 with 313k, a +38% advantage over Fox News’ 226k and +128% more than MSNBC’s 137k.
Among adults 18-34, the Jones-led program averaged 49k, Fox News followed with 29k and MSNBC registered 14k. In total viewers, CNN easily topped MSNBC (1.062m vs. MSNBC’s 768k); Fox News had 1.387 million.
Back in early January, CNN political commentator and host of The Van Jones Show, Van Jones, said that if Oprah Winfrey were to run for president of the United States in 2020 against President Trump, she “would destroy anything in front of her,” adding that if “she wants to do it, she can do it.”
On Sunday, March 11 at 8pm, Winfrey will appear alongside Jones on his show. The network says the interview will give her take on some of the biggest issues facing America today.
Jones said Winfrey “is probably the most beloved carbon-based life-form on this Earth.”