Breitbart writers told to stop attacking Kushner: report

Breitbart writers told to stop attacking Kushner: report
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Top editors at Breitbart News have told their writers to stop criticizing White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFederal government pauses Kodak loan pending probes Beirut blast raises urgent questions about America's leadership in the world Lincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' MORE following tension between Kushner and White House strategist and former Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon, according to a new report.

In a Monday report, Business Insider said it confirmed Breitbart’s changing stance on criticizing Kushner with two people familiar with the website's workings.

Breitbart launched a flurry of attacks on Kushner and his allies last week after Bannon lost his permanent seat on the National Security Council. The stories included highlights of news articles from other outlets that questioned whether Kushner, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE's son-in-law, can handle his growing portfolio.  

By Monday, though, Breitbart downplayed any attacks on Kushner, with no stories mentioning the presidential adviser on its home page. 

“This is 100 percent fake news,” said a Breitbart editor. “We don’t take orders from anybody about anything.”

Breitbart spokesman Chad Wilkinson called the idea that the site would "muzzle" its coverage of the White House "absurd."
The New York Times reported last Friday that Kushner’s White House allies have voiced frustration with Breitbart’s coverage of him.

Trump told Bannon and Kushner to “work this out” after becoming weary of their frequent disagreements, according to Trump.

Bannon and Kushner then reportedly met at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. last week following the president’s order.

The main source of contention between Bannon and Kushner is purportedly their policy disagreements, with Bannon purportedly frustrated by what he sees as the moderate politics and growing power of the Kushner camp.

Kushner has voiced concern over Bannon’s influence on Trump and the latter’s provocative style.

Jonathan Easley contributed reporting.