Observer Writer Pens Open Letter to Owner Jared Kushner Over Trump

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The article is notable for a newspaper that has, in recent months, published an editorial endorsing Donald Trump in the GOP primary and has been under scrutiny for its owner's ties to the billionaire's campaign.

A staff writer for The Observer, the New York-based weekly paper owned by Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, has published a candid open letter on the outlet's website over a since-deleted anti-Semitic tweet posted by the Trump campaign. 

The article, written by arts and culture writer Dana Schwartz, is headlined "An Open Letter to Jared Kushner, From One of Your Jewish Employees." The opinion article addresses Kushner, who has owned the paper since 2006 and is the husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka. 

"I’m asking you, not as a 'gotcha' journalist or as a liberal but as a human being: how do you allow this?" Schwartz writes. "Because, Mr. Kushner, you are allowing this. Your father-in-law’s repeated accidental winks to the white supremacist community is perhaps a savvy political strategy if the neo-Nazis are considered a sizable voting block — I confess, I haven’t done my research on that front."

The article is notable for a newspaper that has, in recent months, published an unsigned editorial endorsing Trump in the GOP primary and has been under scrutiny for its owners ties to the billionaire's campaign. After the editorial, one writer, restaurant critic Joshua David Stein, resigned from the paper. 

The new open letter was timed to the since-deleted tweet sent by Trump's campaign on his official Twitter account showing a red Star of David emblazoned with the words "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" next to an image of Hillary Clinton.

Kushner's ties to the Trump campaign have been examined as recently as a day ago. 

On Monday, Kushner was profiled as the "quiet fixer" for Trump by The New York Times in a story that reported close coordination with the campaign, even "involved in curating videos on Mr. Trump’s Facebook page, reviewing programming for the Republican convention and retooling the online store where Trump hats, T-shirts and mugs are sold."

For The Observer, a paper that long covered Trump under prior ownership, it's just latest twist in how it has grappled with covering the GOP frontrunner in the Kushner-era. 

Back when the billionaire launched his campaign last year, editor Ken Kurson wrote a memo saying that its editorial stance toward Trump was to just avoid covering the candidate.

"In news stories, we should continue to play it straight, always. I don’t mean that we cannot mention his name in an opinion piece. Obviously, he’s running for president and in the news. But I want to stay away from pieces that are primarily about Trump. If anyone has ideas on this, I welcome them," the editor wrote at the time.

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