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Another NY Observer Reporter Quits Over Paper’s Trump Ties

TrumpObseYet another reporter has resigned his position with The New York Observer over the paper’s close ties with Donald Trump, the father-in-law of owner Jared Kushner.

Politico reports that Lincoln Mitchell handed in his resignation earlier in the week. Mitchell, an expert on the former Soviet Union, was dismayed by Trump’s admitted admiration for Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin and his criticism of longstanding NATO policy.

The Observer downplayed Mitchell’s departure, saying he was only a freelancer and not an employee. But Politico points out that Mitchell was listed on the paper’s online masthead as a top editor and labeled a “national political correspondent” in his byline.

Mitchell’s departure follows two other high-profile exits by Observer staffers. National political reporter Ross Barkin resigned his position in April after the paper endorsed Donald Trump, saying that “a line had been crossed.” Restaurant critic Joshua David Stein was out a week later, denouncing the paper as “a shill for Trump.” Another Observer reporter, Dana Schwartz, also openly voiced her displeasure in an op-ed calling on Kushner to denounce Trump’s flirtation with anti-Semitic memes and figures.

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