Ross Barkan quit his job after the paper’s glowing endorsement of the GOP Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. The New York Observer printed a glowing endorsement of Trump, but lost its top reporter in the process.
Barkan, the paper’s national political reporter, announced this week that he is stepping down over concerns with the Observer’s coverage of the GOP frontrunner. Barkan told CNN.
“I knew going into this there would be complications with covering Donald Trump and working for the New York Observer. I did not imagine that the events would transpire the way they did.”
Here’s the big problem. The Observer is owned by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, which creates a YUUGE conflict of interest.
Barkan also told CNN that Kushner’s recent involvement in writing a speech that Trump delivered last month before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) factored into his decision.
The paper addressed the connection between Trump and Kushner in the endorsement..
“Donald Trump is the father-in-law of the Observer’s publisher. That is not a reason to endorse him. Giving millions of disillusioned Americans a renewed sense of purpose and opportunity is.
The legacy of Donald Trump’s 30 years of leadership is everywhere—not only in the tall buildings that bear his name, but in the kitchens of the thousands of families supported by the jobs he’s created.”
They do mention Trump’s failures, telling readers that,
“Having tried (and sometimes failed) at our own entrepreneurial ventures, we are far more inclined to put these ventures into perspective.”
It ends with this ass-kiss,
“In 1980 Ronald Reagan said, ‘The time is now for strong leadership,’ and by 1984 was able to declare, ‘It is morning again in America.’ Today, Donald Trump says it is time to make America great again. We agree.”
And if you agree too, they’ve got a Trump condo just waiting for your deposit!
Barkan’s last day at the Observer is Apr. 27.