When you’re working for the son-in-law of a presidential candidate, why are you surprised by an endorsement?
Joshua Stein has resigned as a writer for the New York Observer.
“For the last three years, I’ve been the restaurant critic for the New York Observer, a weekly paper in the upper minor leagues of metropolitan newspapers,” Joshua David Stein wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian.
“Last week, after the paper endorsed Donald Trump for president of the United States in a bizarro editorial, I resigned.”
The New York Observer is owned by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. At the beginning of the campaign, the paper had said it would remain neutral in the 2016 election, but has since officially endorsed Trump, describing him as a candidate who’s “giving millions of disillusioned Americans a renewed sense of purpose and opportunity.”
Stein said, “To stand with Trump is to stand with hate; what I ate, and what I thought about it, is small beer compared with that.”
The Washington Examiner reports that Ross Barkan, a political reporter for the Observer, also resigned last week over the publication’s endorsement.
“I expected our newspaper, given our deep ties, or assumed naively that we would perhaps remain neutral,” Barkan told CNN’s Brian Stetler, adding that he was “blindsided by the endorsement.”
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