Van Jones denies being involved in crafting Trump’s police reform executive order

van-jones-facebook-black-enterpriseCNN 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.”

CNN’s Van Jones helped Kushner craft Trump’s police reform that he later praised on TV

the-van-jones-show-host-1024x576-1CNN political commentator and CNN talk show host Van Jones is an alum of the Obama Administration, and according to a new report from the Daily Beast, also an architect of President Trump’s new police reform — the same police reform executive order Jones later praised on CNN . . . without disclosing his role.

Knowing that police reform was a topic Jones cared about, it was actually CNN’s vice president and Washington bureau chief Sam Feist who connected Jones with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. “He was someone I’d seen on television, so I was deeply skeptical,” Kushner told The Daily Beast. “But I said I’d be happy to speak to him, and we had a good chat. And then we just started working together. And what I saw, with him, was that he had a lot of courage, when other people play politics.” Then Jones and Kushner became fast friends, with Jones dining at their mansion, according to the report.

Kushner concluded, “And in a tough situation Van has shown me that he’s got true character. He’s focused on the right things.”

When asked about the executive order on John King’s hour, Jones said: “The executive order is a good thing, mainly because you saw the support of law enforcement there. . . There is movement in the direction of a database for bad cops. We have never had a federal database for bad cops, that’s why all these cops go all over the place doing bad stuff . . .The chokeholds, that’s common ground now between Nancy Pelosi and Trump. Good stuff there.”

Then, when asked again about it with Anderson Cooper, Jones said, “I think it’s pushing in the right direction. What you got today is, I think, a sign that we are winning. Donald Trump has put himself on record saying we need to reform the police department . . We are winning! Donald Trump had no plan a month ago to work on this issue at all. The fact that we are now in the direction of moving forward, I think, is good.”

Jones declined to speak to The Daily Beast; a publicist employed by him said that “due to his contractual obligations with CNN/Turner, he’s limited in what press he can do outside of their network.” CNN declined to comment on failing to disclose his role in the reform he later praised on TV, as well.

Big Bird joins Van Jones and Erica Hill for Sesame Street town hall on racism

200602112306-cnn-sesame-racism-town-hall-exlarge-169CNN has announced that Big Bird will join CNN anchor Erica Hill and CNN political commentator Van Jones in moderating a town hall on racism. The 60-minute special, Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families, will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET. The town hall will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español.

“The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding,” according to CNN. They will be joined by Sesame Street characters — including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Rosita — and other experts answering questions submitted by families.

Don Lemon and Van Jones return with a second episode of Color of Covid

CNN anchor Don Lemon and host and political commentator Van Jones are back with a second episode of Color of Covid which airs Friday, May 15 at 10pm. The first aired on Saturday, April 18.

The hour-long live special will highlight the unique challenges black and brown communities face during the Coronavirus crisis and provide viewers with ways they can help, CNN announced in its press release.

This episode will feature live interviews with Robert Smith, founder, CEO & Chairman of Vista Equity Partners, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, plus video messages from Samuel L. Jackson, Mario Lopez, Common, Alfre Woodard and more.

Van Jones and Don Lemon to host Color of Covid

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.

On Saturday, CNN unveiled its final Hudson Yards studio

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.


CNN will host political forum, Citizen, ahead of Detroit Democratic debate

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.


CNN’s Debate Draw did not draw the viewers

Last night on a special edition of Anderson Cooper 360, three CNN anchors drew names out of a box — to see which Democratic presidential candidates would appear on what day in the Detroit Democratic debate, on July 30 and 31, to be moderated by CNN’s Don Lemon, Dana Bash, and Jake Tapper.

The drawers, Brianna Keilar, Victor Blackwell, and Ana Cabrera pulled the names from the box while reciting their most prestigious titles, and then tossed to Wolf Blitzer for a recap of the draw — who in turn tossed to Anderson Cooper to analyze, alongside a panel of CNN talent and contributors: John King, Gloria Borger, David Axelrod, Van Jones, Jess McIntosh, Jennifer Granholm, and David Chalian.

But the ‘draw’ didn’t draw eyeballs.

According to Forbes, the special broadcast “drew 1.031 million total viewers, finishing in third place behind Fox News (Tucker Carlson Tonight had the highest ratings of the night with a total audience of 3.232 million viewers) and MSNBC (1.658 million viewers).”

In the key demo, CNN finished third again with 223,000 viewers, behind MSNBC 239,000 and Fox News 497,000.