MSNBC Panel Suggests Murdoch Planted Story in WSJ About Ex-Wife as Game of ‘Divorce Politics’

Last night, a curious story appeared in the Wall Street Journal, alleging that U.S. counterintelligence officials warned Jared Kushner about his dear friend Wendi Deng Murdoch — who also happens to be the ex-wife to publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch. The article suggested that Deng Murdoch used her influence with both Kushner and Ivanka Trump to curry favor with the Chinese government and to pursue their interests, a bold claim to be sure. Vanity Fair’s William Cohan has an interesting take on just what is going on with that story. He said it was Murdoch using his media influence to go after his ex-wife. Cohan appeared on an MSNBC panel led by Stephanie Ruhle this morning and explained his thought process, reminding viewers that the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, is owned by the Australian businessman. “Rupert Murdoch owns the Wall Street Journal and that’s where this story appeared, mean, how did that story get there?” he asked. “Obviously, he’s quite angry at his ex-wife and he’s getting back at her. This is quite a sophisticated game of, sort of, divorce politics.” Ruhle noted that the story also makes Kushner and Ivanka Trump look bad, as the piece made it appear as if they were “getting played” by Deng Murdoch as part of a mission on behalf of the Chinese government. “What game is he playing with his ex-wife and, then, Jarvanka and Donald Trump?” Cohan asked. “When I first saw this story, I thought ‘what is this conspiracy theory nonsense?’ And then I saw that it was the Wall Street Journal and it blew my mind,” Ruhle added. [image via screenshot]Follow Lawrence Bonk (@sidescrollers) on Twitter

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