Trump reportedly considered giving Fox News exclusive rights to inauguration coverage

Angered by news coverage of his campaign and transition, President Donald Trump seemingly considered giving Fox News exclusive rights to coverage of his Inauguration, according to a Tuesday New York Times report.

CNN President Jeff Zucker told The Times that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, attempted to broker a deal with 21st Century Fox's Rupert Murdoch.

"This is crazy," Zucker says he told Trump. "You're just going to give your inaugural coverage to your base of support? It makes no sense."

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U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and son Barron walk during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Washington D.C. motorcycle police lead the inaugural parade for U.S. President Donald Trump after he was sworn in at the Capitol (background) in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) waves to supporters as he walks the parade route with first lady Melania Trump during the Inaugural Parade on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald J. Trump was sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States.

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The family of US President Donald Trump arrives at the reviewing stand at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2107 following swearing-in ceremonies on Capitol Hill earlier today. From (L-R): son Barron, son Eric and wife Lara, daughters Ivanka and Tiffany and daughter-in-law Vanessa (extreme R).

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Newly inaugurated U.S. Vice President Mike Pence looks out the window of his limousine during the inauguration parade in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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The U.S. Army band "Pershing's Own" marches in the parade carrying U.S. President Donald Trump following his inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he and his wife Melania walk during the inaugural Parade in Washington, January 20, 2017. Donald Trump was sworn in earlier as the 45th President of the United States.

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U.S. President Donald Trump waves from inside his limousine as he participates in the inaugural parade after his swearing in at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Ivanka Trump walks with her son Theo during the inaugural parade in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2107.� US President Donald Trump on Friday stepped out of his limousine along the inaugural parade route, briefly walking on Pennsylvania Avenue and waving to supporters with his wife Melania and young son Barron. Earlier, the president drove past a crowd of protesters chanting anti-Trump slogans and waving banners.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and son Barron walk during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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US President Donald Trump stands with First Lady Melania Trump at the Capitol Building before departing for the parade after Trump is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017.

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Supporters cheer as the presidential limousine drives up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House surrounded by security detail after inauguration ceremonies for US President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington,

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U.S. President Donald Trump waves to supporters as he walks the parade route with first lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump past the main reviewing stand in front of the White House during the Inaugural Parade on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald J. Trump was sworn in today as the 45th president of the United States.

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US President Donald Trump walks his wife Melania surrounded by Secret Service officers outside the White House as the presidential inaugural parade winds through the nation's capital on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Marchers take part in the inaugural parade of U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, January 20, 2017. Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States.

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The family of US President Donald Trump arrives at the reviewing stand at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2107 following swearing-in ceremonies on Capitol Hill earlier today. From (L-R): First Lady Melania Trump, son Barron, son Eric and wife Lara, daughters Ivanka and Tiffany and daughter-in-law Vanessa (extreme R).

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U.S. President Donald Trump's Housing and Urban Development Secretary nominee Ben Carson arrives to take his seat for the inaugural parade in Washington, January 20, 2017. Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States.

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US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen wave as they arrive in front of the White House for the presidential inaugural parade on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry arrives for the presidential inaugural parade in front of the White House on January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC. Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

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A view of atmosphere at the Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Participants march in period costume during the inaugural parade following U.S. President Donald Trump's swearing in at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he presides over a military parade during Trump's swearing ceremony in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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A view of atmosphere at the Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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US Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis arrives for the presidential inaugural parade in front of the White House on January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC. Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the Uniited States.

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Kushner has long considered Murdoch a mentor, having courted his advice after Kushner purchased The New York Observer in 2006.The Times report did not say why the deal was called off.

Fox News dismissed this account in an email to The Huffington Post on Tuesday.

"There is no possibility of this ever happening given FOX News is part of the White House pool and the entire Inauguration is always divided up between the members of the pool ― NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and FOX News ― and each network takes on different responsibilities," a Fox News spokesperson wrote in an email.

Trump has praised Fox News' coverage of his campaign and presidency on multiple occasions.

During a meeting in December, Kushner reportedly asked Zucker why CNN hadn't yet fired anti-Trump commentators, including Van Jones and Ana Navarro. Zucker, according to the Times, insisted that the network needed to keep "a diversity of opinion" on its shows. Kushner has since brought his complaints about CNN's coverage, which he believes is biased against Trump, to a senior executive at the network's parent company, Time Warner.

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The statue of Civil War General and former US President Ulysses S. Grant faces the crowd gathering for the inauguration ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Protesters crowd the National Mall in Washington, DC, during the Womens March on January 21, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded US cities Saturday in a day of women's rights protests to mark President Donald Trump's first full day in office. / AFP / ZACH GIBSON (Photo credit should read ZACH GIBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 20: Donald J. Trump acknowledges the crowd after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, on the West Front of the Capitol, January 20, 2017. His wife Melania, also appears. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Crowds watch the inauguration ceremonies swearing in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
The statue of Civil War General and former US President Ulysses S. Grant faces the Washington Monument and the crowd gathering for the inauguration ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Trump has attacked CNN on numerous occasions, accusing the network of unfair coverage of his presidency. At a press conference in January, Trump refused to answer CNN reporter Jim Acosta's question, calling CNN "terrible" and "fake news."

In February, Zucker accused Trump of attempting to "delegitimize the media" in order to play to his political base and protect himself against critical reporting, calling it "calculated" and "very dangerous."

Zucker, the former CEO of NBC, is sometimes credited with Trump's rise to prominence, as Zucker helped make Trump a reality-show star with NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice." CNN, under Zucker, was also accused of giving Trump copious coverage during the presidential campaign, capitalizing on his celebrity to boost the network's ratings.

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